Understanding Aging Skin

We often receive questions regarding skincare, specifically anti-aging products. Before you decide to go out there and fill your entire bathroom with every skin care product you can find, become familiar with some basics about the skin structure and the different factors that can accelerate aging.

The skin structure comprises of three main layers – epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous, but the one that will be highlighted is the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer, which contains the stratum corneum. There are no nerves or blood vessels at this layer. Most of the cells in this layer are keratinocytes. These cells originate from the deepest layer of the epidermis. The keratinocytes will migrate from the lower layers to the surface. Once they reach the surface, they will slough. As a young adult, this turnover time is approximately 30 days. As one approaches 60 years old, this turnover process takes approximately 50 days. One of the primary goals in anti-aging is to promote the turnover of those cells at a faster rate.

There are many factors that can accelerate aging, can you relate with any of the following?

Environmental Exposures – pesticides, pollution in the air and water, smoking
Poor Diet – Dehydration and a diet high in refined sugars
UV Exposure – cause inflammation and damage collagen
Acne
Harsh Skincare Products – may contribute to irritation, redness, dryness
Stress
Hormonal Imbalances – Changes in estrogen levels can affect skin elasticity and collagen production
Lack of Sleep

What are some things you can do now to help improve the quality of your skin? Wearing a daily SPF on your face and other areas of exposed skin is going to help prevent any other sun damage. Be sure to get enough sleep each night. When you are tired, your skin will look dull, a good night’s rest lets your skin have time to rejuvenate itself. This is also a great time to apply any products that will make you sensitive to the sun. Drink plenty of water. This will help hydrate your skin and drink back a more youthful appearance.

Although some of these factors may be inevitable, you may still be proactive in helping to decrease the signs of aging. Pharmacists are great resources to use when you need to talk about all of your anti-aging concerns. They are trained in understanding anti-aging therapies and enjoy talking with patients about their skin care needs.

Please visit our website for more information on how Sienna Compounding Pharmacy can help you improve your quality of life by providing customized medications to meet your individual needs.

Why Take A CoQ10 Supplement?

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body. It is an anti-oxidant and is anti-inflammatory. CoQ10 is found in every cell in your body and is needed in order for the cell to function properly. It also helps convert the food we eat and the air we breathe into energy.

CoQ10 has been found to help us in so many ways that, according to cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, “If coenzyme Q10 were a drug, pharmaceutical companies would be fighting over the patent.”

What benefits have been discovered from this enzyme? It has been shown by research to be important in helping to prevent many diseases and also has been used to treat many different conditions. It is important in the prevention of heart disease, cancers, muscular dystrophy, periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, migraine headaches, age related macular degeneration, stomach ulcers, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and various neurological disorders. The supplements have been used to lower blood pressure and to treat heart failure and other heart conditions.

Studies have shown that people with heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and other diseases have lower than normal levels of coenzyme Q10. While CoQ10 can be found in some of the foods we eat, we do not get as much as the body needs, especially as we get older.

The following foods do have varying amounts of CoQ10: salmon, tuna, red meat, organ meats (as liver), whole grains, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peanuts, Walnuts, eggs, dairy, strawberries, avocados, parsley, soybean oil, and olive oil.

While coenzyme Q10 is produced naturally by the body, as we age, less of it is made by our body. In addition, the levels can be depleted by various medications, such as statin drugs, and by smoking.

Besides being important in keeping us healthy, many athletes take CoQ10 for energy, to combat inflammation, and to help in recovery. Recommended dosages may range from 30 mgs up to 200 mgs.

Since the coenzyme could lower blood sugar in diabetics, or interfere with medications, if you are taking a prescription drug, you should consult with your doctor before taking it as a supplement. Generally, CoQ10 supplements are not recommended for children.

Most people, I believe, can experience excellent health benefits by adding CoQ10 to their daily supplements. In my opinion, we all should be taking one or more mineral and vitamin supplements. Adding CoQ10 to this regimen could be an awesome addition.