How To Make Skin Look Younger
Ageing is a natural process but dermats can help you slow down the process by advising you on products and procedures. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is one age-
fighter that has gained acceptance in the last few months in India. It is an active ingredient in most of the products of Pond’s Age Miracle range, the only one to use it so far.
What is CLA?
It is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in foods such as red meat, butter fat, milk and cheese.
Researchers Gayda and Pariza came upon this compound in 1979, and found that it had potent antioxidant activity. Later, it was discovered that CLA also had the unique ability to improve the lean mass, body-fat ratio. It fast became a dietary supplement.
CLA first came to the attention of Pond’s Institute, US in late 1996. At the time the role of CLA in skin rejuvenation was not known. Later, researchers at the Pond’s Institute studied ageing of skin and discovered that CLA could promote cell renewal and also stimulate the production of skin-ageing repair. This compound, opened doors to having a younger skin: CLA binds to receptors in skin cells called PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor) activating a number of processes in the skin that slow down ageing.
How do we age?
You need to know this in order to understand how CLA works. We desire young skin because it is smooth, clear, firm and radiant. But why does young skin look so beautiful? Because, younger skin is healthy not just on the outside, but also from
within. The epidermis, or outer skin layer, renews itself every 30 days. This means new skin grows from baby cells in the inner layers. Old cells are quickly shed from the epidermis keeping it soft and smooth. The dermis, or inner layer, which also serves as a cushion, is filled with ample collagen, elastic and decorin (proteins that give elasticity to skin).
However, as we grow older our skin sags, wrinkles, and gets filled with age spots and blemishes. This is because old, photo-damaged skin is unhealthy deep inside. The epidermis renews itself less often. Old skin cells accumulate and as a result the skin appears thin, flaky and dull. Sun exposure leads to increased melanin concentration, resulting in age spots and blemishes. The collagen and decorin in the dermis is damaged and not replaced making it look dull.
Skin you long for!
Ideally, once the signs of ageing begin to appear we need to use sun protection and extramoisturising creams. And since most of us don’t, our skin eventually feels old, both from inside and the outside.
This is where CLA comes in handy. It works by boosting the activity of skin cells—unlocking the key to youthful skin by making cells act as if they are young again so that the outer skin starts to look young as well.
How CLA works
Unlike artificial ingredients, CLA is actually a natural PPAR-active ingredient, i.e. it is a ‘key’ for the PPAR receptor. PPAR receptors are widely found in skin cells, and once the key is in the lock, many processes are activated. Special proteins such as involucrin and decorin are produced, and the formation of cells of the outermost skin is increased.
Young skin Vs old skin
In short, it kick-starts the skin to be active again and fixes the areas where the core ageing processes have occurred. The outer cells are rejuvenated and the cell renewal rate increases. To combat fine lines and deep seated wrinkles, the support network of skin provided by collagen, decorin and elastic are enhanced, and provide a better cushion for the skin surface. Over time, with continued use of products with CLA, your skin begins to look younger, because deep down, your skin cells are acting young and healthy again. In-vitro test results prove that with CLA, the following healthy changes happen deep inside:
Cell growth is increased and cell renewal is enhanced.
Production of the cell's outer envelope or protective 'shell' is increased.
Levels of collagen and decorin are increased.
Improvements in elastic aid skin elasticity.
Other anti-ageing products and procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels are effective because they remove old cells revealing new skin. But in doing so, the skin is left vulnerable to the assault of external elements such as the sun and pollution.