August 02, 2022

    Skin Vampires and Aging.

    Skin Vampires and Aging.

    It is interesting that certain people do not look their age, while others look older than they are, chronolo­gically. Why would this be?

    Aging and Life Span

    The ancient Greeks believed that nature-controlled aging and life span expressed through the myth of the Fates. Here, three sisters (the “Fates”) visited infants in the days after their births. The first Fate, Klotho—who inspired the name for what’s known today as the klotho gene—spun the child’s thread of life; the second Fate, Lachesis, measured a length of that thread, determining their life span; the third Fate, Atropos, snipped it, choosing when they would die. According to the belief, as the Fates did their work, the child’s fate was sealed.

    This ancient belief is also highlighted in the book by Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., “The Telomere Effect;” although today, good health and aging well are generally attributed to genetics rather than to the Fates. For example, one’s genetic code determines their risk for chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer, along with their general longevity even before they are born. This argument for nature also credits genes for slow or rapid aging. This has been proven over and over.

    Stress is a Major Skin Vampire

    Stress seems to be a key that triggers aging, like the person whose hair goes from raven to white overnight. We will talk more about this later in the piece. Stress is a major skin vampire, sucking the life out of the cells.

    Even before that, Ayurveda—a 5,000-year-old system of medicine that originates in India—was practiced by physicians, to heal ailments and disease, as well as literary scholars and common people, for preventative health benefits. Ayurveda means, “the science or knowledge of life,” and is governed by the principle that perfect health is not just an absence of disease; it is the sum of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Creating for yourself, a happy and beautiful life seems to be the “fountain of youth” for many. I, for one, have first-hand experience with this and found it to be completely true, you are, and can do, only what you believe you can.

    More importantly, this 5,000-year-old system indicates that scholars who wrote these original texts were aware of unique types of individuals, who seem to never age, and their different reactions to stress. These, in turn, are reflected in the skin—the largest organ in the body.

    Cell Longevity

    In 2009, Blackburn received the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the telomerase enzyme. Along with Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School, Blackburn discovered an enzyme that plays a key role in normal cell function, as well as in cell aging and most cancers. The enzyme is called telomerase and it produces tiny units of DNA that seal off the ends of chromosomes that contain the body’s genes. These DNA units referred to as telomeres, protect the integrity of genes, and maintain chromosomal stability and accurate cell division. They also determine the number of times a cell divides—and thus, determine the lifespan of cells. Again, they seem to be tied directly to the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual.

    Bottom line:

    We here at Private Label Skincare Florida can make you the best age-defying creams, even better than those selling for $1800.00 a jar, but even then, without removing the stressors from the environment, skin will age.  Stress is the single most skin damaging condition.  It is imperative in these stressful times, what with all that is going on in the world, that we take time to take care of ourselves from the inside out! Taking time to put on a great mask, exfoliate, time to moisturize, breathe, and exercise may be all you need to overcome the stress that is a skin vampire.  Call us today, we know how to kill skin vampires! 






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