Aging and Your Skin

Aging is inevitable.  It is an undeniable fact that not even the most advance medical treatments could stop. Yet people go into great lengths to reverse the effects of aging or pay thousands of dollars just to restore their youthful look.

Sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines are just some of the most visible signs of aging. The problem with these however, is when people show visible signs of aging when they’re just in their early adulthood. It can be disturbing to see someone who’s decades older than you look younger. We could easily brush it off as someone who has spent thousands of dollars in facelift treatments but this does not always hold true.

Most people are able to keep their skin looking young simply because they are able to keep themselves healthy. No one can stop aging but keeping ourselves healthy can go a long way in delaying the visible signs of aging.

Signs of skin aging

Our skin starts to age when we reach our twenty’s. These could start from small imperfections such as fine lines or the development of deep-seated wrinkles. However, not all of us age at the same rate. This is because some people are able to keep their skin healthy or stay away from external factors that increase the skin’s rate of aging.

  • Sagging skin
  • Thinning skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Uneven skin tones
  • Hair loss
  • Nails develop ridges and thins

 

Causes of Aging

Natural or Intrinsic Aging – this is also referred to as the natural aging process. These could be the result of the skin not being able to restore or grow new cells effectively. Aging skin can be the result of lower collagen levels which is responsible for keeping the skin’s elasticity. Skin aging can also be the result of poor nutrition due to the body’s inability to supply the required levels of nutrients to the skin.

Genes are responsible for our physical traits. This also determines how fast a person ages. A person may grow gray or white hair much earlier compared to their peers for example. Some are also more prone to developing wrinkles because their genes are programmed this way.

External causes – although genes and the natural aging process largely determines how our skin ages, there are also other factor that are within our control. Take for example proper nutrition which keeps our skin looking young and healthy.

Sun/ Photo damage – people who spend a lot of hours under the sun whether for work or recreation are at a higher risk for developing fine lines and wrinkles. The sun dries up the skin, removing much needed moisture. Our skin might be able to recover from long exposure to the sun during our younger years but years of punishment can leave permanent damage on our skin. Sun spots, freckles and wrinkles are just some of the negative effects of prolonged exposure to the sun. It could also lead to skin cancer.

Protecting ourselves from the sun could easily be done by using recommended SPF. This is especially useful for people whose jobs require them to stay under the sun for long hours. Drinking generous amounts of water also keeps our skin moisturized and restores lost fluids.

Facial expressions – the next factor could give you a great reason to smile. Anger, depression uses a lot of facial muscles leading to the early development of fine lines and wrinkles. Smiling uses fewer facial muscles so think about exhibiting other strong emotion the next time you feel the urge to get angry.

Smoking – this unhealthy habit increases the risk for many of today’s deadliest diseases. Toxins by products of smoking are directly introduced to the body and ultimately reach the skin. Medical studies have shown that people who smoke are also more likely to suffer from premature aging. People who drop their smoking habit immediately decrease their risk for cardiovascular disease or lung cancer. Kicking your smoking habit also helps you restore your skin’s health quicker and keeps you looking young a little bit longer.

Preventing Premature Aging

Medical science has made it possible for people to look ten or twenty years younger than they really are. But facelift and skin care treatments could run into the thousands which are sometimes beyond our budget. Prevention is always better than the cure and in this case a whole lot cheaper.

The best way to prevent premature aging is to stay clear from unhealthy habits. Proper nutrition and keeping your skin protected at all times helps keep your skin glowing and younger. Wearing SPF when going to the beach or playing outdoor sports prevents harmful sun rays from touching your skin. Using skin moisturizers keeps liquids locked in your skin and prevents drying. Wearing protective light clothing minimizes skin exposure to the sun and chemicals.

Treatments

There are a lot of treatments available for helping people reduce or erase the signs of premature aging. These include medical procedures such as facelift or Botox injections. Natural routes on the other hand use proper nutrition, cleansing, moisturizing and preventing sun damage. Age has its benefits and should not be frowned upon. But if you’re suffering from premature aging, reversing or stopping it from progressing is possible. To learn about the options available and to understand the process of skin aging, speaking with a dermatologist is the best way to keep your treatment safe and effective.

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