Healthy Skin – The Truth About The Cosmetic Industry

Is it possible to have ageless skin? Does the knowledge exist for youthful, healthy skin? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes.

The good news is that science tells us how to make our skin both healthy and youthful looking at any age. It does require effort and discipline to succeed. Skin is made healthy through a combination of technology, the external application of correct products, proper diet and lifestyle.

Anti-aging knowledge has seen radical changes in the last decade. The knowledge and correct application of these changes can lead to you being asked, how do you stay so young? How do you keep your skin looking so youthful?

The answer is always the same. The secret is science.. New discoveries have led to advances that make younger-looking skin attainable. Yet American women spend $4.3 billion a year on skin-care products and services that simply do not work.

The sun is the single biggest cause of aging skin. Nearly everything you don’t like about your skin comes from exposure to the sun. The sun breaks down the collagen in the skin. If you lose collagen, the skin thins and becomes less elastic, very much like rain washing away the support under pavement causing a pot hole.

Also, as the muscles underneath pull the skin, it develops wrinkles along the pull lines of the muscles of facial expression. The skin also starts to sag along the jaw line. Pores enlarge; enlarged pores begin to fill with sebum and dirt (blackhead). Red capillaries begin to show around the nose, cheeks, and chin resulting from “neo vascularization” of blood vessels in response to the inflammation attempting to remove the damage tissues. They are very noticeable because the skin is too thin to cover them properly, and dark skin discolorations (age spots or sun spots) begin to appear.

Signs of middle age setting are include: The skin begins to thin. Lines start to show around the eyes and above the lips. The chin, cheeks and joules loses definition because of absorption of fat and the absent of collagen due to aging and sun damage. The lips thin and wrinkle. Age spots appear. Hair loses its luster, shine, flexibility, and turns dry and brittle, and we lose it, lots of it.

How do you stay so young? How do you keep your skin so ageless? The answer is always the same. The secret is science. Growing old gracefully is no longer an option in our world. How can we postpone the start of middle age? The science of anti-aging has seen radical changes in the last decade. New discoveries have led to advances that make younger-looking skin attainable. Yet American women spend $4.3 billion a year on skin-care products that simply do not work.

The truth is that the skin needs the same nutrients, antioxidants, and mega doses of vitamins as the rest of the body. The vitamins and nutrients your skin needs, the ingredients that are prominently displayed on the packaging and advertisements, are often present in minuscule quantities in the jar.

Why aren’t adequate quantities added to the products? Well, many of these ingredients are quite expensive. Others may feel irritating to the skin and the companies may be concerned about high returns. Either way, including enough key ingredients will cost the companies money – in higher manufacturing costs or from returns, which can affect their profit margin. Unfortunately, most OTC products are 80% filler and only 20% Cosmeceuticals while the products at Austin Aesthetics are 80% Cosmeceuticals and 20% filler.

The skin-care industry works at an extremely high profit margin, far higher than the food, the car, or the clothing industries.

The idea of one miracle cream that feels good and is able to deliver profound changes to the appearance of your skin but there is no one product – no matter how expensive – that can do it all. It takes several steps of daily skin care to deliver results. Further, some of the steps will not feel good. It may tingle, it may cause irritation temporarily and it is not pleasant in the traditional skin-care sense.

What is the maximum that we can put into the product to make it really effective? The active ingredient is the untouchable. Anything else can bend – the promotion or the packaging – but not what is inside the jar.

Today there are truly effective ingredients (beginning with retinol, synthetic forms of vitamin A that were developed in the 70s, followed by antioxidants, vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, and glycolic acid, to name just a few).

The medical community knows that the percentage of active ingredients is critical for the product to be effective. The retinol or the glycolic acid percentage does not reach a certain level, and their presence is entirely meaningless from the perspective of performance. It might as well be missing and will do just as much good. If it is present in the right percentages, however, it may irritate some people initially before the product starts to deliver results, which may drive up product returns, the worst fear of cosmetics executives. Also, the right percentages will definitely drive up product price because some of the active ingredients cost in the thousands per kilo.

They are under no legal obligation to reveal the percentages on the label.

This they can sell you a “feel good” cream with minimal amounts of active ingredients, while boasting about the ingredients on the package.

The greatest fallacy promoted by conventional skin-care companies is that if a product doesn’t work, it’s your fault. Shockingly, most expensive major cosmetics brands are not at the forefront of the skin science.

If a cream feels good, it may do precious little for your skin because the very moisturizing particles that make it feel good may block the absorption of the important stimulating ingredients.

The phase that improves the appearance of wrinkles and rejuvenates the skin, you have to use strong ingredients. You may feel a tingle or even see a slight redness. These are signs that the product is working. The skin-sealing phase that immediately follows will make up for the initial tingle and make your skin feel moisturized and comfortable in the next few minutes.

One of the most important ideas in the science of skin care is that skin is a dynamic organ. The more you wear it down, the more it thickens and grows. Exfoliation stimulates cellular turnover and collagen production, which improves skin thickness. Skin thickness is what ultimately improves the look of lines and wrinkles.

Classic skin care says that all you need to do is clean your skin and then moisturize with cream. However, one of the major reasons that your skin may feel dry is that there may be a thick layer of dead skin cells covering the skin, so a moisturizer has a hard time penetrating the skin. The skin should be exfoliated by Microdermabrasion and/or chemical peels first before moisturizers can work.

At Austin Aesthetics, we provide all natural organic products with active ingredients to provide the necessary health to the skin. We care for the skin with natural stem cell therapy and with exfoliation procedures to clear dead cells.

Coming Soon: See the January “Healthy Skin Treatment” article to learn how you can have healthy and youthful skin.

If you have any questions about skin care, please email your question or questions to

By Mike Clark, Director of Education & Research
Austin Aesthetics

Category : Blog Posted on December 27, 2010

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