Your skin is your first line of defense to the environment. It protects all your internal tissues and organs from the elements such as the sun and wind, heat and cold, dryness and humidity. It’s hard work keeping up this amazing level of protection so it’s no surprise that our skin is where the signs of aging usually first appear. However, what most of us don’t realize is that the biggest contributor to aged looking skin actually comes from within.
Inside almost all your cells are tiny little power plants called “mitochondria”. Mitochondria are like cellular engines, combining the food you eat with the air you breathe to make the energy you need to live and grow. Mitochondria have a wide range of other important roles within your cells too and without them, we simply wouldn’t be here. So, if mitochondria are keeping us alive and growing healthily, what do they have to do with our skin aging?
Just like the engine in your car, as you age your mitochondria just don’t perform as well as they used to. The wear and tear add up over the years and they become less able to deal with the inevitable waste products that come from producing all that energy. Much like your car engine produces exhaust, mitochondria produce “free radicals” as a by-product. When we are young, our mitochondria have plenty of antioxidants on hand to neutralize these free radicals before they can do much damage. As we age however, our natural antioxidant levels slowly decline, and the unchecked free radicals can start to damage our mitochondria and beyond.
This vicious cycle of reduced energy and increased damage is THE primary factor affecting how well our skin looks as we get older. Until recently, this was also something that we couldn’t really do much about.
The next biggest risk to the health and appearance of your skin is the damage caused by pollution and the elements, and the most damaging component of that is certainly the ultraviolet (UV) light in sunlight. UV rays can penetrate to the lower layers of your skin which can damage DNA as well as structural components such as elastin and collagen. Over time, this damage causes skin to start sagging and wrinkling. Long-term, ongoing DNA damage can eventually result in serious conditions. Increased melanin production from sun exposure can also lead to freckles, dark spots, moles and uneven pigmentation conditions.
Powered by MitoQ®, with results amplified by research-backed ingredients including Polypodium, Pycnogenol®, Astaxanthin, Vitamins and Minerals, we’ve created MitoQ® Skin Protection Complex to help target skin aging and provide your skin with premium support from within. In combination with topical sunscreen products, MitoQ® Skin Protection Complex: