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SkinCeuticals Insights

March 2013 | Volume I

Skin Laxity

A closer look at skin laxity

Over time, the skin’s natural production of collagen slows, and existing collagen begins to degrade. A side effect of the breakdown of collagen and elastin is skin laxity, and the face, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, and upper arms are most commonly affected.

Collagen and elastin are damaged by a process called glycation, which occurs when a type of sugar (glucose) attaches to the fibers.

The byproducts (also known as AGEs) prompt the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to thinning skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness.

In addition to the ageing process, environmental damage, pregnancy, weight loss (and gain), gravity, lack of exercise, and a low priority in one’s skincare regimen also contribute to skin laxity on the face and body.

A key to restoring a more youthful appearance to lax skin is increasing collagen production and protecting against degradation, and this can be accomplished through skincare and in-office procedures. These two approaches together yield more dramatic improvement than each alone.

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Product regimen

Body Tightening Concentrate + A.G.E. Interrupter

Designed for use from the neck down, SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate works to reinforce and repair the supportive network of collagen and elastin. A.G.E. Interrupter is formulated to target facial skin laxity, and when used in tandem, these products offer a comprehensive means of protecting existing collagen and preventing its decline from head to toe.

A.G.E. Interrupter reduces the glycation process, which is a cause of collagen dysfunction. Its innovative blend of 4% blueberry extract, 30% Proxylane, and 0.2% phytosphingosine slows the formation of collagen-damaging AGEs and mitigates the enzymes that erode existing collagen. Furthermore, the proven-effective concentration of Proxylane improves the integrity of the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ), which is crucial in skin health.

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Professional tips

Dr. Alicia Barba’s advice on preventing skin laxity

Protecting the skin from the sun is truly the best way to maintain the skin's firmness from head to toe. Sun exposure chews up collagen and elastin and breaks down hyaluronic acid, and these are important substances that give skin its taut appearance.

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Inside access: procedures

Professional procedure: Radiofrequency

Radiofrequency and other skin-tightening treatments are effective professional solutions for skin laxity on the face and body. These treatments send energy to the precise area where the skin and the underlying fat meet (while cooling the upper layers of the skin). The resulting heat changes the structure of existing collagen, causing it to contract. The thermal energy also causes trauma to the treated area, prompting the skin to produce more collagen. Together, these changes result in firmer, tighter skin over the months following treatment.

kinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate is an ideal complement to radiofrequency procedures.

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