Meet the “melted” woman, one of only a few documented cases in the world. Even while she was a high school student, people mistook her for a grandmother. When Bethany W. arrived in the world, she already looked like she was her grandmother.
But when she turned 58, no one anticipated that she would start a new profession as a model. When asked by journalists if she has had any plastic surgeries done, she firmly denies it and says she owes it all to the emperor’s favorite concubine.
After years of research, the mysteries of the ancient concubine are finally unleashed.
Figure: The three layers of skin
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It covers the whole body and makes up about 16% of a person’s entire body mass. However, with advancing age and other lifestyle factors, the functions of the skin can be impaired, leading to thin, dry, and sagging skin (Knight J., 2017).
The epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis are the three layers of skin, all of which vary significantly in their anatomy and functions:
Figure: Shedding skin
Figure: The structure of aging skin
Figure: The hypodermis decreases in size with age.
Figure: How solar radiation, chemicals, and pollution factors affect the skin barrier
The main reasons why wrinkles form are as follows:
(I.) UV exposure- Certain skin fibers known as elastin are damaged over time by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The loss of elastin fibers makes the skin sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching.
(II.) Aging- As people age, skin cells divide more slowly, and the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, begins to thin. Also, the skin is less able to hold on to moisture, makes less oil, and produces less collagen, all of which help wrinkles form.
(III.) Lifestyle factors- Stress and pollutants accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which contribute to premature skin aging in the form of wrinkles and loss of firmness.
1. Tremella Fuciformis
Also known as the "moisture magnet", Tremella Fuciformis has the ability to hold water up to 500x its weight (DuBois, 2020). Rich in skin-loving ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA), beta-glucan, polysaccharides, and antioxidants, Tremella fuciformis helps to promote skin collagen synthesis from the second layer (the dermis) of the skin, which helps to boost elasticity and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Commonly referred to as “botox in a bottle”, Acetyl hexapeptide-8 is a synthetic peptide that functions like Botox to relax the muscles in the face to promote a smoother, tighter, and less wrinkled look (Leong, 2018).
Glycerin acts as a humectant that allows the skin to retain moisture. It helps keep the skin barrier strong and protected from environmental damage.
Upon application, propanediol forms a protective film on the surface of the skin that aids in preventing water loss to the air, which helps to moisturize the skin and reduce fine lines.
5. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate
Helps to improve the appearance of dry skin by reducing flaking and restoring hydration. Dipotassium glycyrrhizate also has a soothing effect on the skin and is thought to help support the calming of inflammation in the skin and even out skin tone.
Housewife Victoria Anderson is one of the thousands of people who have tried using Tremella fuciformis and below is her 15-day journey in rediscovering her confidence.
Due to menopause, Victoria suffers from severe dry skin, dark spots, fine lines, and a sagging jawline. Even though she tried to apply thick layers of makeup, it only made her insecurities stand out more and made her sensitive skin feel worse. Her final options are either Botox injections or plastic surgery, but she is afraid of needles and couldn’t afford the expensive procedures.
After applying this amazing ingredient to her skin for as little as three days, her skin texture is visibly smoother, and the dry patches around her cheeks have reduced.
Along with restoring the skin's radiance, Tremella fuciformis also gloriously minimized Victoria’s stubborn creases by more than 58%, and when applied to the neck, it gradually feels tighter and smoother. Overall, her skin and neck area feel more hydrated and lifted throughout the day. Additionally, there is a noticeable decrease in hyperpigmentation, which gave her skin a more even tone and a brighter appearance, giving it an all-natural glowy, porcelain effect.
Victoria’s crystal-clear skin is noticeably spotless, firmer, smoother, and more radiant.
The natural barrier of her skin is strengthened by more than 97.6% and her confidence is restored without having to reach out for foundations or concealers, as the lines even in the most stubborn areas of her skin have faded away and are barely visible.
“I can finally feel comfortable in my own skin. Now, I don’t even have to put on any makeup, and believe it or not, my family and friends have been complimenting me non-stop! Once, I was shopping with my niece and someone even assumed we were sisters! I haven't felt this content and self-assured in such a long time. The key to having youthful skin couldn't be much simpler.”
Healthy skin reflects overall wellness and can contribute to one’s confidence. Saying yes to taking good care of it is never too late.
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