After the age of 30, most people begin to see tell-tale signs of aging on their skin — fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and skin that’s just not as plump and taut as it used to be. The explanation? Loss of collagen. The truth is, around age 20, we start losing about 1% of our collagen every year, a number that increases as we get older.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Think of it as scaffolding on which our skin sits. At its peak, our skin is plump, smooth, and dewy. As we age, the decrease of this protein means there are weaknesses in the “scaffolding” where our skin forms wrinkles, loses elasticity, and can appear dull.
The good news? You don’t have to fight a losing battle. The use of MSM in high-quality personal care products can help rebuild lost collagen, restoring a more youthful appearance.
Generally, ingredients you can’t pronounce aren’t always the best for your skin — MSM is the exception. Short for methylsulfonylmethane, MSM occurs naturally and contains a large amount of sulfur — the third most abundant element in our bodies. Sulfur is what our skin uses to produce collagen.
Incredible Anti-Aging Benefits
Now you know the main component of MSM, sulfur, is critical for restoring collagen in our bodies. Let’s explore the numerous benefits you can expect when using high-quality skincare products containing this powerhouse ingredient.
Fights Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Our skin loses elasticity as we age. Elasticity is what keeps our skin bouncing back each time we make facial expressions. When collagen decreases, so does our skin’s ability to retain its smooth surface, causing wrinkles and fine lines.
Using a skin crème with MSM will nourish the skin by replenishing the sulfur needed to produce collagen. The more collagen you have, the more those fine lines will fill in, restoring a youthful, smooth look and feel.
An MSM rich overall skin crème can:
- Reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin’s elasticity
- Even skin tone
- Fight acne and other scars
- Reduce the appearance of UV skin damage
Delicate Eye Area
A facial skin crème will do wonders for an overall improvement in appearance, but special attention needs to be paid to the delicate skin around your eyes. This skin is thinner here than anywhere else on your face, so an MSM eye crème is essential.
The organic sulfur in this specialized crème builds the collagen that’s necessary to firm the soft skin surrounding your eyes.
Increasing collagen here can help fight blood stasis — the pooling in the blood vessels that causes dark circles. As this area brightens and smoothens, your overall appearance looks refreshed, rested, and more youthful.
Evens Skin Tone
As we age, our complexion can become uneven. Red spots, dull areas, and sun damage all wreak havoc on a once even and smooth skin tone. An MSM toner restores the skin’s pH balance and addresses the root cause of complexion irregularities.
A toner rich in MSM makes each skin cell’s wall more permeable. This lets in other nourishing ingredients to improve skin health on a cellular level.
Spraying a fine mist of MSM-infused toner can:
- Promote exfoliation
- Calm irritated skin
- Reduce redness
- Soothe skin
- Control excess oil
- Tighten and minimize pores
Breakouts don’t always stop when we hit a certain age. The more breakouts we have, the likelier we’ll end up with scars and uneven skin tone. Using an MSM face wash removes impurities, fighting current and preventing future breakouts.
MSM face washes also set the stage for the rest of your skincare routine. The sulfur in the MSM gets each cell primed to accept the nourishment of the toner, crèmes, and lotions that follow.
Reduces Age Spots
All those years spent in the sun will catch up to all of us. When you start to see sun or age spots on your face, it’s definitely time to add MSM to your personal care product routine. Collagen is what keeps our healthy skin cells reproducing.
To fight the discoloration that comes with time, you have to boost collagen production with a powerful, natural ingredient like MSM. Serums are made from smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply and deliver MSM at a higher concentration.
Beneficial Additional Ingredients
Now that you know everything MSM can do to fight the signs of aging, it’s important to look for complementary ingredients in the products you choose.
Natural ingredients are the best way to prevent adverse reactions, avoid the buildup of harsh chemicals, and feel good about what you’re putting on your skin. MSM makes your skin’s cells more absorbent, so it's best combined with nourishing ingredients that keep your skin soft, supple, and radiant-looking.
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nuts of the shea tree. Thanks to shea butter’s high fatty acid content, it absorbs into the skin quickly. Once applied, it restores the skin’s barrier and provides long-lasting moisture.
Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C helps protect your skin from free radicals and UV damage. Over time, it can:
- Lighten dark spots
- Heal blemishes
- Smooth skin tone and texture
- Brighten overall complexion
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Organically found in foods like fruits, sugar cane, and tomatoes, these acids are a natural and powerful way to exfoliate the skin. Removing the top layers of dead skin cells will brighten your overall appearance. They also help to thicken deeper layers of skin, increasing firmness.
Essential oils like lemon and orange add a fresh and lovely scent to skincare products. But unlike heavy perfumes, they have added benefits like being antibacterial, antimicrobial, and easily absorbed.
Look for products that use essential oils in place of chemical perfumes and dyes.
Overall Skin Health
It’s so important to take your skin’s health seriously from a young age, but it’s never too late to start! Adding products rich in MSM at any age can help reverse signs of aging and work to restore your glowing and youthful complexion.
At Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure, we’re here to answer any questions you may have and help your skin look and feel its absolute best.