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CutoAge - Skin Elasticity

Intrinsic vs. extrinsic skin aging. Most people think that just looking in the mirror ought to suffice, yet studies have demonstrated that facial skin appearance is more affected by the amount of sun exposure (photoaging) than it is by the passage of time. As such, your skin's appearance it is not a great biomarker of aging. However, intrinsic skin aging (the loss of elasticity and fine wrinkling that occur in areas of your body that receive relatively little sun exposure), correlates very closely with age. This linear change in elasticity is hard to appreciate with the naked eye until it is relatively advanced.

More than just skin deep. To measure intrinsic skin aging we use the Cutometer, an instrument that has been validated in hundreds of studies of skin aging over the past 25 years. It works by applying a sequence of precise and gentle suctions to a small area of skin and then measuring with an optical sensor how much the top two layers of your skin move with each suction. The movement is very slight - only 0.2-0.5 mm - much less than the amount it moves when you do a "pinch test" to see how fast your skin returns to normal after
pinching it between your two fingers. Yet by involving only the top two layers, the Cutometer can non-invasively assess the amount and structure of the collagen and elastins in your skin. The result is reported as skin elasticity percent:
the extent to which your skin returns to its original position after being stretched and released. When you finish adolescence, the average skin elasticity is almost 90%; with each passing year the average person loses about 1%, leaving the average 80-year-old with about 35% elasticity.

Why is the CutoAge important?

» Skin elasticity as measured by the Cutometer has been correlated with bone density.
» It has been shown to be improved by HRT in women.


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