There are thousands of skin care products on the market that promise to protect and rejuvenate your skin, and people buy into the hype to the tune of billions of dollars per year. But many popular — and often expensive — products are full of toxic chemicals that harm your health, while failing to render the promised results. Find out which ingredients to avoid, and learn about four all-natural anti-aging tips for healthy glowing skin.
Facts to Know About Your Amazing Skin
Healthy, glowing, wrinkle-free skin is associated with youth and beauty, and skin care is most often thought of as a beauty treatment. But you should know that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it plays many vital roles that protect your health, making skin more than beauty-deep.
Your skin has three main layers:
- The epidermis is the uppermost layer, made up of keratinocytes, corneocytes and melanocytes. Cells of the epidermis are continually being renewed and pushed to the surface as old cells die and slough off.
- The dermis is the middle layer, containing sweat glands, hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The dermis plays a key role in regulating your body temperature.
- The subcutaneous layer is made up of fat cells and connective tissue. The collagen matrix of your skin is located in the subcutaneous layer, responsible for the skin’s strength and structure. Many skin care products contain collagen, but collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin’s superficial layers, so collagen must be built from within.
Your skin performs multiple important health functions:
- Serves as a protective barrier against environmental toxins and temperature fluctuations
- Protects soft tissues from injury
- Keeps moisture from evaporating
- Protects against harmful UV radiation
- Houses sensory nerves
- Regulates body temperature
- Works with the immune system to destroy invading pathogens
- Produces Vitamin D
Skin care does more than keep you beautiful: It fortifies your skin to optimize your health.
Skin Care’s Dirty Dozen Contaminants
Many people assume that as long as a product is applied to the skin’s surface, it is safe for human use. But many products have a transdermal effect, meaning they are able to penetrate the skin’s layers and enter your bloodstream. Two examples of products that work via a transdermal mechanism are smoking cessation patches and birth control patches.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are at least 88 chemicals used in more than 73,000 skin care products that have been linked to cancer and birth defects. While many of these substances are banned from products in Europe, they are widely used in the United States, and not all of them are required to be disclosed on product labels.
Here are 12 of the most toxic contaminants found in skin care products:
- Methylene glycol
- Quaternium 15
- Mercury, harmful to the nervous system
- Dibutyl and diethylhexyl phthalates, hormone disruptors that harm the reproductive system
- Isobutyl and isopropyl parabens, also hormone disruptors
- Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, both PFAS cancer-causing substances
- M-phenylenediamine and O-phenylenediamine, that cause cancer and damage DNA
Carcinogens and contaminants in skincare products are so widespread that they are almost impossible to avoid, unless you go out of your way to find all-natural alternatives.
4 Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Therapies that Really Work
While topical creams and serums can help keep your skin moist and supple, and provide a protective layer against the elements, true skin health begins from within, at the cellular level.
Here are four non-toxic natural anti-aging skin care remedies for youthful elastic skin:
1. Glutathione Therapy
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells from damaging free radicals. Glutathione’s skin whitening properties help to fade age spots and even out skin tone by suppressing the over-production of melanin. When delivered by IV infusion, glutathione whitening is more effective than topical creams for building brighter, healthier skin cells.
2. NAD IV Therapy
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is an essential co-enzyme present in every cell. It is responsible for DNA repair and energy production, and supports cellular health. NAD levels decline as you age, contributing to the wrinkled and inelastic appearance of aging skin. Research on NAD’s anti-aging properties has shown it to slow and even reverse the aging process.
Most facials target the epidermis, to exfoliate superficial dead skin cells and promote new cell production. CryoFacial combines the benefits of a traditional facial with cryotherapy, for anti-aging benefits at the cellular level. Cryofacial delivers an icy blast of nitrogen gas to the skin’s surface, causing the blood vessels to constrict and purging toxins and excess fluids from superficial tissues. As the skin warms again, freshly oxygenated blood delivers nutrients to the epidermis to promote healthy cell formation. One recent study found focused cryotherapy to be a safe and effective natural alternative to other popular wrinkle treatments.
4. IV Vitamin Therapy
Cells throughout your body depend on nutrients for optimal formation and function. A Natural Beauty Vitamin IV cocktail provides your skin with all the nutrients it needs to build a healthy collagen matrix and generate healthy new skin cells. Delivery via IV infusion ensures that vital nutrients are not lost during the digestive process, so your skin, hair and nails have everything they need to support strong healthy cells.
Natural Anti-Aging Skin Therapy in NYC
It’s easy to slather your skin with cream and call it skin care, but healthy skin needs a little more TLC if you want to fight aging. At Invita Cryo NYC, we are dedicated to providing all-natural products and therapies that build healthy skin at the cellular level. Glutathione, NAD, CryoFacial and Natural Beauty IV vitamin therapy are all-natural remedies that promote youthful glowing skin without chemicals contaminants. Contact us today, and ditch your toxic skin care routine for natural anti-aging techniques that really work!
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