Causes of aging skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
There are a number of factors that affects how your skin ages, both visible and invisible, and at what pace. Not all of these are necessarily related to the aging process, and to genetics alone. Few people are aware how lifestyle choices such as what you eat and drink, sun exposure and the environment can affect how your skin ages. Even the amount of water you drink each day can have an effect on your skin. It is important to remember that the skin you have in your twenties will be different to the skin you have in your thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. You will experience skin changes in each decade of your life. When we talk about aging skin, we differentiate between two types of aging, chronological or actual aging which is unavoidable, and photo-aging which is due to sun exposure, and other environmental factors.
• Chronological aging can become visible from as early as your twenties. This type of aging skin is aggravated by earlier sun exposure going as far back as your childhood. In your thirties, your skin’s cell turnover starts to slow down. This slowing down of cell turnover, which can be uneven, results in a build up of dead skin on your skin’s surface. Dead skin is the cause for your skin’s dull complexion and uneven, rough patches. Dry skin is also a common occurrence, and results in your skin taking on a yellowish appearance.
• Photo-ageing is caused by exposure to ultraviolet light and free radicals such as pollution and environmental toxins like cigarette smoke and car fumes. The exposure to ultraviolet light and environmental toxins show up more on the surface of the skin and becomes visible in the form of sun freckles, age spots and dilated blood vessels. All of these visible signs can result in an uneven, discoloured skin tone.
Fine line and wrinkles can be caused by a number of things. They can be caused by the way you frequently smile or frown and can appear more pronounced on one side than the other. They can also be caused by over exposure to the sun and environmental factors and free radical agents like cigarette smoke, pollutants, toxins and dry skin. No matter how well you may look after your skin, you will eventually bear these signs of the passage of time.
It is important to be aware of the damaging effects of ultraviolet light or radiation on your body, and the effect of a diet high in fat and processed foods.
• Avoid being in the sun for too long.
• Use sunscreen. The earlier you start using adequate sun protection, and protect yourself from other environmental elements, the more your skin will look better. In looking after your skin from an earlier age, you will significantly reduce your risks for developing premature skin ageing and discoloured lesions later in life.
• A diet that is high in fat and full of processed foods can actually result in dull looking skin.
• For healthy, bright looking skin, exfoliate regularly with the correct skincare range to remove dead skin cells.
• A regular Superficial Peeling method will help to stimulate your skin’s cell turnover.
It is important to remember that collagen and elastin are the proteins responsible for your skin’s elasticity, tone, and texture. These proteins are affected by your diet, age, hormones, skin products, cosmetic treatments, and overall health. To improve the look of your skin, in addition to using the correct skincare products for your skin type, you need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink more water to retain the moisture in your skin.