Why Do Some Women Age Faster Than Others?

Why understanding these 3 mechanisms of skin aging will make dramatic improvements to your skin
Why some women age faster than others, the shameful secret many cosmetics companies don't want you to know.

"What the heck is going on?"

That was the thought running through Samantha Morgan’s mind when she stared at herself in the mirror one morning.

Recently celebrating her 43rd birthday, she was staring at visible signs of aging that she had never noticed before: deeper wrinkles, puffy saggy eyes and skin that seemed to look dull and lifeless. What really surprised her was that these signs came quickly, almost as if they appeared overnight.

Why did she not notice them before? Was it just her imagination or did she not notice these changes until that day?

"I’m going to show more wrinkles as I get older - I understand that. I just don’t understand why my skin seemed to age 10 years overnight.” - says Samantha.

To answer Samantha's question, we first need to understand how are skin ages.

How & Why: The 3 mechanisms of the skin’s aging process

1) It starts with "inner" skin, not "outer" skin

Wrinkles and sagging skin form when the collagen and elastin matrix that make up our inner skin called the “dermis” loses its structural integrity (or firmness). To use an analogy, imagine that our collagen and elastin matrix acts like the support columns of a house. When those columns start to sag, the roof starts to cave and show crevices. Those crevices on a roof are like wrinkles on our skin.

It starts with our inner skin, not our outer skin.

2) We start losing collagen & elastin starting from the age of 18

Loss of collagen and elastin starts from the age of 18 and accelerates.

Chart of collagen loss from 18 to 65. Notice the steep drop from 18.

Our skin is still forming until about the age of 18. But from that point on we start to lose about 1% of collagen & elastin in our skin every year. By the time we reach out 40s, we are losing about 2% every year. This means that on average we lose about 9% of our skin thickness every 10 years. This loss in collagen & elastin does not slow down, it only accelerates as we reach our 50s and 60s.

Controlling the loss of collagen & elastin is the key to controlling how our skin ages.

3) There is a "tipping point" for all of us

The tipping point is the point at which a series of small changes becomes significant enough to cause a critical or much larger change. Much like the tip of an iceberg, our skin ages every day, but we may not notice these signs until they build up to a point when they suddenly become visible.

The tipping point for our skin differs for everyone, and it’s impossible to know our personal tipping points.

Is there a way to control the process of skin aging?

The good news is, the answer to that question is yes. And it’s much simpler than you might think.

Patrice Mercier is the head of Research & Development at French skincare giant Sephora. He says that the biggest mistake most of us make is focusing on the symptoms like wrinkles and sagging skin, and not the origin. He is adamant that focusing on our overall skin health is the key to controlling the process of skin aging. He describes "healthy skin" as skin that is well nourished, balanced and functioning properly. But he emphasizes that it’s about taking care of ALL LAYERS of our skin, not just the outer layer that we feel and see everyday.

"When people talk about skin concerns like wrinkles, dry skin and spots we’re really just talking about the symptoms that we see on our outer layer of skin. What we should really be asking is how can I make my skin healthier overall so that it is naturally soft and firm. And the only true way to achieve the skin that we desire is to properly take care of our skin, all layers of our skin" - says Patrice

"Optimal skin health starts at home and it doesn’t cost anything. Getting a good night's sleep, drinking enough water and minimizing alcohol consumption are all essential for healthy skin . Yes, the right products will certainly help but a big misconception is that people look for one miracle cream that will solve all of their skin concerns. It doesn’t work that way. Our skin is made up of 3 distinct layers and each layer need to be treated differently."

"What you should look for is a complete skincare routine designed to improve overall skin health. More specifically, a line of products that are designed to work together to properly real, regenerate and protect your skin from the inside out.” - adds Patrice

Peter Lee is the president & CEO of Saranghae Skincare (Saranghae means I love you in Korean). He is a second generation leader taking over from his mother who began by making skin creams out of her home to support her family in South Korea.

He says that more and more of his customers are asking the right questions.

"Consumers today are far more educated and I think this is a great thing. It used to be that a moisturizing cream was all anyone asked about. Now we get very in depth questions about cleansing, skin cell regeneration, free radical control and so on, it’s actually quite impressive.” - starts Peter

"Our focus has always been on helping our customers achieve optimal skin health. In the past preaching about skin health wasn’t all that sexy but now we’re finding that our customers are resonating with our message."

"Healthy skin means treating all layers of your skin uniquely and purposefully because each layer of your skin needs to be treated differently."

"The majority of skin care products are designed to provide surface level hydration which stops at your outer layer. But cumulative damage to your inner skin is what actually causes wrinkles and sagging skin. Our goal should actually be an overall healthier skin at all layers, not the illusion of tighter skin." - says Peter

Peter also adds that this is why the majority of his customers are now gravitating to Saranghae’s Complete 5-Step Skincare Routine. He walks me through how Saranghae optimizes skin health by directly addressing the root causes of skin aging.

First, we need to stop covering up problem areas with fillers and chemicals which just leads to more damage over time. We need to consistently cleanse our skin of toxins and free radicals that accelerate skin damage. Then we support the skin natural healing process by supplying the right nutrients and building blocks at the right time and in the right amounts.

The Saranghae Complete 5-step Skincare Routine is designed to do exactly that by focusing on 3 key phases:

1. Heal and Repair Your Damaged Skin:

The Saranghae Complete 5-Step Skincare Routine supplies the skin cells with essential nutrients. These nutrients boost your skin’s natural waste recycling process called autophagy. It dramatically improves the skin’s internal immune function by increasing cellular mitochondrial activity. Basically, Saranghae helps your skin to heal and repair continuously while you sleep, work or play.

2. Regenerate Healthy Skin:

The Complete 5-Step Skincare Routine stimulates collagen and elastin production at the cellular level. Collagen and elastin are the proteins that give your skin a youthful, healthy and radiant glow. Saranghae's powerful antioxidants give your cells the necessary hydration and nutrients to keep producing more collagen and elastin, essentially helping to regenerate new and youthful skin.

3. Protect Your Beautiful Skin:

The final phase is to protect that beautiful skin. The Complete 5-Step Skincare Routine is specifically formulated with powerful antioxidants and vitamins & active nutrients designed to protect against pollution and free radicals. Saranghae creates and maintains a protective wall that fights against the harmful effects of toxins, pollution, UV rays and sagging effects due to gravity. Think of it as a shield created by your own skin using powerful and natural ingredients.

Saranghae will fundamentally change the way your skin ages. Used properly and consistently, the 5-step routine will deliver healthy and glowing skin that can look & feel 10 years younger.

A 600 Year Old Story

Saranghae has quite an interesting back story.

Peter, the current CEO of Saranghae is a direct descendant from a family of healers that whose history dates back hundreds of years.

Around 600 years ago, his family started documenting the medicinal benefits of local botanicals that grew by the side of a volcanic mountain. They found that these botanicals were especially effective in treating skin and other common ailments because the soil surrounding the volcano was unusually rich in minerals and nutrients.

For example, Saranghae’s focal ingredient, the Korean phellinus linteus mushroom, is one that has been used for healing purposes for almost 600 years in Korea and is still used in various forms to this day.

In the last 1950’s, just after the Korean War, Peter’s mother Lee Myeong Jo used the family expertise and start selling homemade skin creams door to door to help support the family. It became so popular that women from nearby towns would make the trek to her village to buy her creams.

Today Saranghae is a multinational company that still values its traditional roots. Over the years Saranghae has launched new ingredients and formulas but the core products are still based on the same formulation Ms. Lee created almost 50 years ago.

So Does Saranghae Actually Work?

Jennifer Tannenbaum is a gorgeous 30 year old professional who has always had problems with adult acne. She was eager to tell us how Saranghae’s complete 5-step skincare routine changed her life.

"This is my first time writing a review for anything, but I had to share the amazing impact Saranghae products have had on my life! I am 30 years old and have been struggling with adult acne for the better part of the last decade. I tried hundreds of products, some helped minimally, while others made my skin worse. That’s when I found Saranghae."

"With the regimented 5 step routine, I immediately stopped getting new breakouts, and after a couple weeks the current breakouts began to disappear. The best part is the red marks acne had left behind faded so much quicker than I ever thought possible! I now swear by the Saranghae deep radiance essence + serum as well as the firm and lift regeneration cream, which really helped fade my stubborn blemishes. Plus, the elemental essence mask is always my "go to" when I want to give my skin that extra glow."

"I always felt that people were paying more attention to my skin than to what I had to say. I was embarrassed and self-conscious. Why was I the only adult I knew with acne? My clear skin is a game changer. Now, I walk around the office feeling proud of my appearance. Thank you for this life changing transformation!"

Jennifer Tannenbaum

With the regimented Complete 5-step Routine, I immediately stopped getting new breakouts and after a couple weeks the current breakouts began to disappear!

Jennifer is just one of many that are raving about Sarangahe. Simply visit their Facebook page and you can see hundreds of real reviews and testimonials from real people.

Checkout some of the conversation taken directly from Saranghae’s Facebook page.

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Will Saranghae Work For You?

The notion that great skin starts with healthy skin makes total sense to me.

When it comes to skincare, there are so many choices and so much information out there it can be overwhelming. I found Saraghae’s approach to be refreshingly simple. I really like their philosophy and their holistic approach.

Will Saranghae’s Complete 5-Step Skincare Routine work for you? The only way to really know is to try it out for yourself. It doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research and there are some great reviews and success stories so you can start there.

If you’d like to learn more about Saranghae simply click on the link below.

  1. Andrea M.

    Really great information. I agree it's about taking care of ourselves holistically not worrying so much about lines on my face.

  1. Alexis P.

    After reading their reviews online I was skeptical about ordering since it felt like anyone could have made up a five star review and published it on their site. I spent two months going back and forth over wether I should buy the products. Many other sites offer K beauty and I spent that time comparing ingredients, price , full package deals and if it was right for my skin. I couldn't seem to find one full line that was possibly going to be what I wanted so I purchased the Complete 5 bundle figuring if I'm doing it I will do it right and follow through with the regimen. I am 39, Sicilian American and a liscensed/ practicing stylist/haircolorist. I've been in the field for 16 years. My license, cosmetologist, covers a broad range allowing me to purchase professional products, including skincare, that not many people can get their hands on. I've tried quite a few lines and each one didn't leave me fully satisfied. I kept in mind that not every product out there is going to work for everyone. Just because it may not work for me does not make it faulty. So I went ahead and placed my order .... which arrived last week. I was still skeptical and excited to try it. My skin just so happens to love Saranghae... no pun intended... it's softer, has a glow and no more dry patches. Nothing has worked until I tried Saranghae. A friend saw me and said " your skin looks so good!" Now that's what I want to hear! Maybe you'd consider publishing this review for those who are as skeptical as I was.

  1. Missy E.

    I looked for this brand at Sephora where I live but I couldn't find it??? I want to try it but afraid of buying in online, so much phoney products out there.

  1. Bobbi N.

    @ Missy. Sephora doesn't have it in my area either but you should go ahead and order it online. I am using it now and have been for about 2 months. It is wonderful and ingredients are mostly natural and listed on each product. They have a website and phone number you can use, I called them and ordered over the phone with no problems. There are also tutorials on how to use the products and some posts and reviews of Saranghae if you want to do more research. You should look into a bit more and try it

  1. Nadine Z.

    Anyone else tried this? I really want to try but a bit skeptical.

  1. Wendy W.

    @ Nadine. I've been using it for 2 years now. It's a great line. My skin seems to love Saranghae and it brings me a good result. After the night using this cream, my skin can look oily at the morning but after washing my face, it looks awesome, even tone out, clear, glowing, and hydrate all day. After washing your face in the night, just put this cream on and have a good sleep. The wrinkle becomes reduced too. My favorite is the elemental essence masks, my skin just feels like it's new. Good job!

  1. Hadie J.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cream!!! My HG!!! I have an extremely dry and sensitive skin so I was just looking for something that would hydrate my skin that won't irritate or breake me out. This cream does so much more than I expected. Not only that I don't have any allergic reaction to it, my skin is softer, smoother and soo plumped and hydrated. I use both day and night but reallly small amounts, you don't need much at all. The only complain I have is the packaging, the eye serum pumps out way too much or way too little, it really frustrates me. Also, I just think they can do better with the overall look and feel. But you know what I hear their launching with brand new formulation so maybe they'll improve this. All in all, I'm on my 8th cycle on my membership.

  1. Nancy M.

    Mmmm, I don't know about this

  1. Joanne H.

    @Nancy. what don't you know, the products or the article?

  1. Nancy M.

    @Joanne. Well that and I've been burned with buying creams online, just don't know I can trust this company.

  1. Joanne H.

    @ Nancy, oh yeah I know what you mean. I've been burned on one of those free sample products sold online too. The brand is real. I bought the 5 step routine a year ago and still loving it. My friend Yasmine bought it but decided that it wasn't for her and they gave her a full refund even after she used half of it. So they're legit. In terms of product, my friend thought that the cream was a bit heavy for her, but for me it's perfect. My skin looks the best it's looked in years. Not every product will for every person so you just have to try it and see. Do a bit more research if you feel you're still unsure but I'd give it a try. Hope this helps.

  1. Betty C.

    My god, that Serum is the best thing since sliced bread! Can't get enough of it.

  1. Wendy A.

    Is it just for asian women?

  1. Aya Z.

    @Wendy. No, it's not just for asian women. I'm Latina and it works really well for me. Lots of people not just Asian people are buying Korean skin care products. Good quality, very reasonable price, I've tried a few brands. Saranghae is the best so far.

  1. Alison M.

    I’ve used it now for almost 2 years and it’s amazing. I’m 40 and have struggled with adult acne and rosacea since I was a teen. I’ve always hidden my skin behind makeup because it was such a mess. These products have made such a difference that I can now leave the house without foundation or concealer and feel confident about my skin. And I received my first ever skin compliment earlier this year (and not by a Mary Kay sales rep ;)). She said my skin was so bright and beautiful. Now that’s a first! Thank you Saranghae!!!! PS it also got rid of the start of crepey/hooded eyelids. I find the quality of the product and value to be excellent.

  1. Nickie S.

    The best!

  1. Carrie Y.

    Do they carry an SPF face cream?

  1. Jeff R.

    Does this stuff work for men?

  1. Brooke.

    I’ve been using the 5 steps for over a year now and I love it!!! My skin glows. I have fair, sensitive skin and it works well for me. My favorites are the firm and lift cream and the eye cream.

  1. Sissy M.

    Been a fan of Korean skin care for years. I was using Sulwahsoo ginseng cream but everytime I put down $220 for a jar it pained me. I think Saranghae Firm and Lift is a better product and it's much more affordable!

  1. Kylie M.

    I'm really impressed with their customer service. They're really knowledgeable and always answer my questions fast. I had to pause my membership because I'm travelling for the summer but I'll be coming back in the fall. 10 out of 10 stars.

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