Our skin is a reflection of our overall health. As the largest organ of the body, the skin is often the first part of the body to show the detrimental effects of chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and UV-damage.
However, there is hope! In the past 5 years, there have been numerous clinical studies that have shown that it is possible to delay skin aging and to improve skin conditions through topical administration of nutrients, nutraceuticals and antioxidants which act as free radical scavengers and repair the skin.
Free radicals are a natural byproduct of normal cellular respiration/energy production. However when they begin to accumulate in amounts that overwhelm the body’s ability to clear them (i.e. “scavenge” them) these free radicals (highly reactive and unstable molecules) begin to damage the tissue resulting in skin aging and DNA damage.
Therefore the body needs an abundance of antioxidants to offset and neutralize the free radicals. In this way the skin is able to repair and the aging process is slowed. The result is a healthy and youthful appearance of the skin.
MARKETING VERSUS TRUTH…
Nobody likes to be lied too. In fact, after people find out that they have been deceived it usually means the end of their relationship with that person or company.
Close examination of current cosmetic and anti-aging products reveals that many are more hype than fact. So called “powerhouse” ingredients touted to be the next great anti-aging breakthrough often lack a scientific basis. When challenged, they claim the ingredients are “secret” or have been altered by a “secret” process. More often than not the “secret” is the products are of poor quality, sub-therapeutic dosages, and formulated with cheap ingredients in fancy bottles charging exorbitant prices.
What is a Cosmeceutical?
There is a definite distinction between a cosmetic and a cosmeceutical. Cosmetics are products for beauty or style. Although some cosmetics may hydrate the skin, they do little else. Cosmeceuticals are products that have biologically active ingredients which are intended to improve the function of the skin and/or enhance the skin’s appearance.
In order to be effective, a cosmeceutical must deliver the active ingredients intact at a high enough dosage/ concentrations through the skin to actually produce results! Many times the focus is on the right fragrance or how it feels rather than whether or not it is or will be effective. Don’t get us wrong, there are some good products out there- for a lot of money. And there is no doubt a pleasant fragrance and a sensuous “feel” are important. However, Zetpil™ believes the most important criteria is that the product actually works, at a price most anyone can afford.
FACT: If any biologically-active compound is not incorporated in the formulation (ie: cream) at therapeutic dosages, it cannot deliver its therapeutic effect- period.
Also disconcerting is the fact that the consumer ends up paying high prices for expensive packaging and marketing, rather than paying for therapeutic dosages of the active compounds. Cosmetic companies often bury detailed ingredient information pages deep in their product descriptions, if they include them at all. Big corporations often make the decision to use celebrity endorsements and fancy packaging instead of including therapeutic dosages in their formulations.
The 3 Biggest Warning Signs an Anti-Aging Cosmeceutical is Ineffective
- If a cosmeceutical is marketed with numerous (sometimes almost 30) active ingredients, it should immediately raise a red flag. It is scientifically impossible to include the therapeutic dosage of that many compounds in a formulation, in addition to the necessary permeation enhancers (compounds to increase absorption into the skin) and fragrance.
- Fancy packaging and sophisticated marketing using celebrity endorsements has to be paid for and you, the consumer, are paying for both!
- When little or no scientific research is provided to substantiate the claims or if it is only generally alluded to (ie: “a study in a journal last year….”), then you should be concerned there is a lack of scientific proof that a particular compound is going to be effective. The cosmeceutical industry is not required to run clinical trials, and therefore scientific research is imperative as the basis for claims.
Zetpil’s Anti-Aging Products are innovative and superior
Our emotional desire for more youthful, healthy skin blinds many of us into purchases of products that are not formulated to address the core issues of skin aging, such as decreased skin hormone production, U-V damage to cells, environmental toxins, inflammation and poor vascularity (ie: vessel health). Zetpil’s anti-aging product line represents the most beneficial anti-aging compounds, proven to address these core issues at the cellular level.