It seems that as we get older, our skin sags and
wrinkling, discoloration, broken blood vessels appear and we see
a decrease in radiance. These are not because our skin is
falling away from it's moorings, but because the chemicals and
nutritional precursors that give muscles that hold the skin
maximum tone start to diminish as a result of years of free
radical damage - enter DMAE... When I first heard about DMAE, I
thought it couldn't be very important, it doesn't even have a
name! I was very young and you know what they say about wasting
youth on the young.
In Actuality, DMAE is thought of as another of
the recently heralded anti-oxidents, but it is really an
antioxident membrane stabilizer. Known as dimethylaminoethanol,
DMAE boosts the effects of other antioxidents, resulting in
increased smoothness, brightness and line reduction on the skin.
By dispersing into the cell plasma membrane, it acts as an
antioxident and prevents the breakdown of the cell plasma
membrane and the resulting production of arachidonic acid and
other pro-inflammatory mediators (which give us that puffy
appearance). That's a homerun in anyone's book.
DMAE is commonly found in fish, nature's brain
food. It will increase the chemicals in the central nervous
system that help us think clearly. It helps expel waste products
and hold onto valuable nutrients. It should be noted here that
in order for our muscles to contract, they require the release
of chemicals at a neuromuscular junction. The junction is
provided along a wire which ends in a bulb. This bulb acts as a
reservoir for these chemicals, among them acetylcholine, which
then cause the muscle to contract. As we age our nervous system
ages also, providing less chemicals for these contractions
thereby diminishing the result. On a practical level, DMAE will
actually provide a face lift, first gradually and over the long
term when applied to the skin. When applied to the forehead, Dr.
Perricone notes that it will actually lift the tip of the nose,
pretty amazing stuff, I think!! The only way to reverse the
process is to produce a stronger muscle contraction and firmer
skin is to increase the levels of active acetylcholine in the
body. Improving your eating habits and using DMAE internally and
externally. The results will be better health and optimal
environment for the skin.