According to Malcolm Gladwell, the “tipping point” is when an idea or trend reaches critical mass, and then starts to spread like wildfire. For your skin, that is the age you may wake up and look more tired — permanently.
Professor Osamu Kuwazuru at Fukui University puts it best: “Many women seem to experience a sudden onset of skin aging at a certain age in their 30s. With aging, each layer of the skin undergoes different changes. While they may not seem prominent at the start, the accumulative changes lead to a certain critical point when the skin layers start to collapse, causing a variety of aging signs to become more obvious.” These can include fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, skin sagging, skin sallowness or yellowing, and other concerns.
The “Tipping Point” for Most Women is at Age 35
According to dermatologist Dr. Jeannie Downie, M.D., who is not affiliated with our brand, “I totally notice a tipping point with my patients.” (Elle)
SK-II researchers have identified that skin’s elasticity and resilience decreases by the greatest amount at age 35. The company measured skin quality in 100 women between ages 25 and 55, and while elasticity and resilience decreased throughout a woman’s twenties and early thirties, it was found to precipitously drop at age 35.
Some Women are Resistant to the Tipping Point Altogether
In another study, this by Olay, researchers found a group of women who defied the “tipping point” — that is, women who never experienced this dip in skin elasticity, thickness, and resilience. “Some of the subjects were 60 but looked 39,” said a researcher on the study.
Researchers were not surprised to find women who looked significantly younger than their age, but they were intrigued to find that these women actually expressed certain genes differently than other women. For instance, their skin was able to upregulate genes regulated with antioxidant production and preservation pathways. In these women, the antioxidant decline seen in most women’s skin in their twenties hadn’t occurred well into their 50s.
Three Keys to Resisting the Tipping Point
1.) Use Amino Acids in Skin Care, Diet, and Supplement Form.
According to plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Yagoda, who is not affiliated with AminoGenesis Skin Care, up to 80% of aging is due to lifestyle choices. A key is eating a diet rich in proteins, which contain amino acid building blocks the skin needs to renew itself. Researchers state further that some people may have trouble absorbing all of the nutrients they consume, so it is further recommended that supplements with peptides, biotin, and amino acids are used to replace what is lost with aging.
2.) Get 7-8 Hours of Sleep Each Night.
Sleeping is the time when the skin renews itself most. While supplying your skin with a diet and skin care regimen rich in amino acids is key, getting enough sleep to allow the regenerative processes occur longer and with more vigor is also vital.
3.) Engage in 30 Minutes of Aerobic Exercise, 5x Per Week.
Aerobic exercise also has the ability to transform the protein structure of the skin. Researchers found that the protein structure of the skin of regular exercisers age 65 and older more closely resembled those in the age 20-40 group. While you can’t control your genes entirely, it seems regular exercise does turn on gene expression, presumably by oxygenating the tissues and signaling to your genes that they need to keep on hustling!
We used to accept aging as a phenomenon we needed to “turn back.” But it turns out that eating a diet rich in amino acids, applying amino acids and skin care, exercising, and getting enough sleep can push the clock to a screeching halt in the first place. The key seems to be preservation, not reparation. As a result, we suggest using any of our AminoGenesis products, which contain the 17 amino acids found in skin’s collagen, and to keep eating healthfully and exercising. Having the skin of someone in their 20s in your 60s is possible with this method — science proves it!