Just because the body gets older, does not mean it has to look older. By following an anti-inflammatory diet and using effective treatments, you can restore your skin to a smoother, more youthful appearance.
One way to do this is to start an anti-aging regimen that includes the key science alpha lipoic acid (ALA). ALA can be taken in supplement form or used in topical applications. This article’s focus is on the topical form.
Read on to learn how alpha lipoic acid cream can work to improve your skin’s condition:
- How Alpha Lipoic Acid Cream May Help Prevent and Reverse Signs of Aging
- Perricone Alpha Lipoic Acid Cream Products
To understand how alpha lipoic acid cream works, it is helpful to first understand what causes wrinkles.
One cause of wrinkles is free radical damage. Free radicals are naturally formed molecules that are missing an electron. In order to obtain stability, these molecules seek electrons from the body’s cells. In doing so, they not only damage the cells of the body, but they create new free radicals. In the case of the skin, free radicals take an electron from the collagen molecules in our skin, resulting in damaged collagen and thus, discoloration and loss of elasticity.
When free radicals damage a cell, they also cause inflammation since an enzyme in the free radical damage process produces arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is oxidized and produces inflammation, while the inflammation produces more free radicals. Inflammation also plays into aging and can be triggered by a variety of external factors such as excess exposure to UV radiation and cigarette smoke. Inflammation of the skin encourages the formation of lines and wrinkles, as well as other skin conditions.
Alpha lipoic acid cream can help treat and prevent free radical damage and inflammation because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are important because the body employs them to fend off free radicals. Antioxidants work by providing the necessary electron to the free radicals, thereby preventing them from damaging a cell membrane in the first place.
Anti-inflammatory alpha lipoic acid has the ultimate antioxidant power in that it is both water- and fat-soluble. This means it’s a universal antioxidant so it can fight free radicals in any part of a cell as well as enter into the space between cells. Alpha lipoic acid also gives more staying power to other antioxidants, like Vitamin C.
Alpha lipoic acid is also anti-inflammatory in that it can stop the activation of certain transcription factors, which in turn helps prevent the cell from producing pro-inflammatory chemicals that damage the cell. Conversely, alpha lipoic acid cream triggers a helpful transcription factor, AP-1, allowing AP-1 to turn on the production of other collagen-digesting enyzmes. These enzymes digest only damaged collagen, which results in the decreased appearance of wrinkles and scarring.
Finally, alpha lipoic acid cream prevents glycation, a process involving the attachment of sugar to proteins. Glycation is a problem because the proteins become crosslinked, which means they cannot move freely, resulting in loss of skin’s elasticity. Alpha lipoic acid cream helps by allowing the sugar to be better metabolized in the cell, preventing this buildup, and ultimately, sagging skin. Alpha lipoic acid cream may even reverse sugar damage that has already occurred. Although alpha lipoic acid is helpful in preventing glycation, it is no substitute to a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet involving less sugar intake.
Alpha lipoic acid is available in a variety of Perricone treatments. Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer, rich in texture, is an alpha lipoic acid cream also formulated with DMAE and Vitamin C Ester. These other anti-aging sciences work synergistically with alpha lipoic acid to help firm skin’s appearance and decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
Another alpha lipoic acid cream to consider is bestseller Advanced Face Firming Activator, which also includes skin firming DMAE. In addition, Advanced Face Firming Activator is formulated with Sodium Hyaluronate, which helps lock in moisture and renew skin’s suppleness.
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