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Why Does The Skin Age

Why Does The Skin Age?

There are many causes of aging skin. Some are avoidable others are not. There are two factors to consider. Intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic factors include:
  • Heredity
  • Metabolic wear and tear
  • Diminishing hormone production & oil secretion
Extrinsic factors include:

· Sun, pollution and other environmental damage

· Free radicals

· Smoking, alcohol, poor diet

· Stress

· Use of harsh products that weaken the skin’s natural barrier function over time

Intrinsic aging accounts for about 10% of the aging process. Collagen and elastic support the skin. They give the skin tone and texture. We lose about 65% of the collagen and elastin in our skin between the ages of 20-80. 6% of the texture is lost every ten years.
Our cell turnover rate decreases as we age. As a newborn our cell turnover rate is every seventeen days. At 40 years old it’s up to every twenty-eight days. At 60, it’s up to forty-five days.

Skin Aging and the Environment

While the sun may play the predominant role in how the skin ages, changes in our environment also greatly influences this aging process. Pollutants in the air from factories, automobile exhaust, and even secondhand smoke can all influence the appearance and overall health of our skin. While these pollutants affect the surface appearance of the skin, they can also change the health of the underlying cells and tissues, thereby speeding up the aging process.
The best defense against these pollutants is the simplest one: follow a good daily skin care routine. Routine washing and exfoliating helps to remove the buildup of pollutants that have settled on the skin’s surface throughout the day. The application of daily moisturizers, protective lotions, and even foundation products all help to protect the skin from airborne pollutants.
What we choose to put into our bodies also has a significant effect on the overall aging process. The impact of poor choices can be seen most visibly on the skin. Smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and making poor dietary choices all greatly influence the again process.
Healthy skin begins with diet and water intake. The adage “You are what you eat” still holds true!
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