Aging is an inevitable process but have you even wondered what actually happens with our skin as we age?
The skin appearance deteriorates as we age and this process can be divided in two different types: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process that, unfortunately, we cannot do much about. As we age, we get lines in our skin, particularly in our faces, and the skin tend to lose its youth, firmness and fullness. The skin is likely to become thinner and drier and isn’t as smooth or tight as it once was. Additionally, the skin gets more fragile and can bruise more easily due to loss of support around blood vessels walls, which normally happens as we age.
Extrinsic aging is the second type and this one we actually have some control over. This one refers to other factors that affect our skin such as the environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects this type of aging has on our skin and possibly prevent our skin to age prematurely.
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin and sun protection is essential at all times. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, making you look older than you are.
In addition, healthy lifestyle habits are extremely important to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. Those are important tips to reduce the aging of the skin.
What else can you do? Washing your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating heavily as perspiration irritates the skin. Exercise frequently as it can improve circulation and boost the immune system. Apply a facial moisturizer every day, even better, before bed time as night cream products seem to provide the best results.
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