Have scientists discovered the key to reversing aging?

geneWomen check themselves out in the mirror anywhere from 8 to 16 times a day on average, according to a report in London’s Daily Mail. We hope it’s because they like what they see. But how much time do you spend scrutinizing your reflection for signs of aging? You’re not alone if you wish you could turn back the clock.

It may sound like a futuristic dream, but researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan  have found that the regulation of two genes, linked to the production of glycine (an amino acid), is partially responsible for aging. If their compelling theory holds true, this could lead to glycine supplements to delay or reverse the process of aging—though it could still be years before this scientific fountain of youth ever becomes mainstream.

For now, you can get real results from dermatological-based skincare in the comfort of your home. REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ is an absolute game-changer, clinically proven to melt line-defying hyaluronic acid and potent peptides into wrinkles for visibly reduced expressions lines. Before bed, apply REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum and REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to make the most of your beauty sleep.

And remember that a little diligence can go a long way toward keeping skin youthful looking: avoid the sun, wear broad spectrum sunscreen rain or shine, and sleep on your back to avoid creasing. When you take a consistent, daily approach to nourishing and protecting your skin, you’re bound to like what you see the next time you look in the mirror.

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Select below on which signs of aging make the top of your skincare to-do list?

 

FACING THE FUTURE: WHICH FACIAL FEATURE SHOWS SIGNS OF AGING FIRST?

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Would you believe—your eyes? According to a readers’ poll­ in NEWBEAUTY  magazine, more than half of people revealed they first noticed the signs of facial aging in their eye area, followed by lips/mouth, forehead and cheeks. But let’s face it, the process of aging is personal, so when and where we notice those first signs can still vary.

Aging is relative, but here’s what the progression of wrinkles typically looks like by decade:

Your 30s: Like clockwork, little “worry creases” appear between eyebrows, while parenthetical “smile lines” make their marks around the mouth.

Your 40s: Inevitable “crow’s feet” take shape, while forehead creases deepen and corners of the mouth begin to downturn.

Your 50s and up: Telltale crepiness and crisscrossing fine lines etch themselves into once-smooth cheeks, and as collagen and elastic tissue decreases, the skin begins to sag.

Before you lose sleep over what seems inevitable, remember—the best wrinkle is the one you never get. Defend against signs of aging now by avoiding the sun and using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30.

To tackle expression lines, especially around eyes, try REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™, as seen in Allure magazine. For lips that have lost their fullness and definition, use REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to help reclaim the appearance of youthful lips. Address forehead and laugh lines with our REDEFINE Regimen + AMP MD™ System, which work together to improve the appearance of lines, pores and skin firmness. You’ll never have to own up to the signs of time if you have a good game plan and incorporate skincare with anti-aging ingredients, like line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Tell us below which wrinkle you noticed first and what you plan to do about it.

 

CUE THE LASERS: NEW NON-INVASIVE METHODS TO DETECT SKIN CANCER

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When it comes to moles and the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, what you don’t know could hurt you—or worse. Early detection of melanoma, before it penetrates the skin’s deep layers, is crucial and can mean the difference between life and death. Two promising breakthroughs in laser technology may soon offer doctors more efficient, biopsy-free detection methods to diagnose malignant skin cancers with more accuracy than ever.

The Dermascanner, developed by German researchers as reported in Science Daily, May 2015, combines 2D scans with additional scanned 3D data to give doctors precise details to track the growth of every individual mole from several different positions. This software also has the ability to compare current images to existing earlier scans and pinpoint the exact location of every single mole.

Meanwhile, scientists in the UK and Italy have unveiled a new laser Doppler technique that tracks fluctuations in blood flow beneath the skin over a 30-minute period, as published in Scientific Reports in August 2015. The data enables researchers to differentiate between malignant melanoma and non-cancerous moles without a biopsy.

While these advances in early skin cancer detection are promising, more research is necessary before either laser method can be used in clinical practice. Be your own health advocate between doctor visits by watching out for suspicious moles, and ask someone you trust to check any on your back. Consider downloading Mole Mapper Melanoma Study, a free iPhone app, which allows users to track changes in their moles and share the data for research.

Of course, prevention is still the best medicine for sun-related skin diseases—and it begins with you. Limit sun exposure and make broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen part of your daily skincare routine. Opt for products that provide sun protection in addition to other benefits, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines, or REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen to help brighten dull skin that may be due to past sun damage.

 

IS STRESS MAKING YOU LOOK OLDER? FIGHT BACK WITH SKIN-FRIENDLY TIPS

We’re all familiar with the unwelcome holiday visitor that pops up every season—stress. In between the gift shopping and events galore, it can be hard to manage tension levels. Yet, it’s not just our mood that suffers: Our skin also takes a serious hit when we get stressed out.

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The brain responds to anxiety by releasing various stress hormones into the bloodstream, like adrenaline (redirects blood flow and leaves skin looking washed out) and cortisol (inhibits new skin cell growth and breaks down precious collagen that keeps skin plump). Once your skin loses collagen, it appears thinner and becomes more prone to wrinkling—which means that stress can actually visibly age you. Combine that dangerous duo of hormones with a stress-induced burst of cytokines causing inflammation, and it’s a recipe for a skin disaster.

All that stress can manifest in the form of an acne breakout, a sallow complexion, or sagging skin. Ongoing stress also triggers the body to produce free radicals, which can damage skin cells and reduce antioxidants—making your skin more vulnerable to wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.

Do your skin (and your well-being) a favor: Make time for relaxation with these easy tips so you can keep calm and carry on, while enjoying healthy, more youthful-looking skin.

  • Skip the never-ending lines at the mall by shopping for gifts online. Otherwise, try running errands at off-peak hours.
  • When you find your stress levels peaking, take a moment to pause and do five minutes of breathing exercises.
  • Put away the shopping bags and take a walk, away from the crowds. Or gift yourself a trip to yoga or exercise class. Studies show that exercise nourishes skin cells and keeps blood flowing, which carries away toxins and age-inducing free radicals.
  • If stress shows up on your skin in the form of visible redness, use SOOTHE Regimen for sensitive skin, featuring RFp3 technology to shield against biological and environmental triggers of inflammation.
  • Indulge in a little aromatherapy with citrus essential oils. Studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic found that orange, lemon and grapefruit fragrances help lift your mood and alleviate stress.
  • Cozy up with a cup of green tea, which contains antioxidants that protect against free radicals.
  • Opt for an anti-aging skincare routine, like REDEFINE Regimen to prevent moisture loss, boost hydration, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, smoother skin.
  • Finally, do your best to get a good night’s rest.

What’s Your Attitude About Aging?

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While the “fountain of youth” may continue to remain an elusive concept for most of us, having a youthful attitude might just be the secret to defying aging. As published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, scientists from University College London studied the link between self-perceived age and mortality and discovered that people who feel “young at heart” may live longer. Sound too good to be true? The details may surprise you.

Researchers asked a group of participants (averaging 66 years of age) “How old do you feel you are?” and then followed up roughly eight years later to track the subsequent causes of death, such as heart disease and cancer among the group. They found a mortality rate of 18.5 percent for participants who felt close to their actual age and 24.6 percent for those who felt older. Here’s the kicker: Death rates were significantly lower (14.3 percent) for people who had initially reported feeling younger. In addition, people who felt three or more years younger than their age were significantly less likely to die from heart disease compared to those who felt their age or older.

While certain genetic factors may be out of our control when it comes to aging, perhaps there’s some truth to the saying: You’re only as old as you feel. Check out these healthy ways to channel your youthful self and help you feel your best at any age:

Get a full night’s sleep. A complete eight hours allows your body to fully restore itself, leaving you more vibrant physically and mentally.

Eat healthy. In addition to consuming lots of fruits and veggies, make sure you’re getting enough calcium, fiber, potassium, Vitamin A, folic acid, iron and Vitamin D—all key nutrients that many adults are lacking in their diet.

 Stay active. Whether you shake a leg to your favorite tunes or take a stroll around the neighborhood, regular exercise is a great way to boost energy, reduce the risk of illness, and even reverse some signs of aging.

Take up an activity you loved as a child. Doing playful things you enjoyed as a kid—like finger painting, puzzles or games—helps you feel more carefree and, in turn, younger.

Keep up appearances. Getting a fresh haircut or using anti-aging skincare products can make you look and feel more youthful. Try REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines for 10 uses over 4 weeks to visibly reduce wrinkles.

Find a purpose. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference at any stage in our lives. Studies of aging adults have shown that people who are more socially connected and give back to their communities also feel younger.