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Aging Skin


What Causes Aging Skin

Aging is a natural function which creeps up on us as we mature in years. Unfortunately we can’t see the internal signs, but the external signs are quite evident as our skin changes. We start to notice the loss of some of the youthfulness in our face. We might start noticing wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Our skin also loses fat and becomes thinner making it less plump and smooth and might also take longer to heal.

There are two factors which causes aging skin, IntrInsic and ExtrInsic. One we can slow down by changing our lifestyle and eating habits to promote good health coupled with good skin care habits, the other is the natural process which we can’t be control.




Intrinsic Aging is the natural aging process which is hereditary and controlled by our genes. This accounts for about 10% of the aging process which we can’t change.

Extrinsic Aging which accounts for about 90% of the aging process is the result of exposure to factors such as UV radiation, stress, diet, lifestyle and environmental pollutants. These external factors we can control to slow down the process of aging skin.

Let’s take a look at extrinsic aging and break it down.

It’s reassuring to know we can control about 90% of the aging skin process which is due to our lifestyle habits and the environment.The biggest culprit of extrinsic aging is the sun. Long exposure to ultra violet rays breaks down the collagen and elastin necessary for strengthening and repairing the skin and slows the production of new collagen.

What is Collagen and Elastin?

Collagen is the protein in fibers that serve as the building blocks of our skin. It Is the part of the connective tissue in the skin that helps its firmness and suppleness and is vital for skin elasticity. Collagen is damaged as a result of harmful by-products, which is normally when the body changes oxygen and food into energy.These by-products are called free radicals which can speed up the process of aging skin.

Causes of increased free radical damage.

  • stress
  • a busy lifestyle
  • poor diet and alcohol
  • smoking
  • illness
  • UV penetration
  • pollution
  • what is applied to our skin

Elastin is an elastic protein in connective tissue and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.Elastin helps the skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched.

Free radicals chip away at cell walls, at DNA and eventually cause the death of that cell. It is a progressive process and happens throughout our bodies in every organ. It is a normal process, but if we want to age slowly we need to keep it in control and, in today’s world, with the right products and care we can; science has shown us this.

Someone said to me once, if you want to know what the temperature is going to be, don’t look at the thermometer, go to the boiler room! Now we know the cause of aging skin and that the larger part of the process can be slowed down, let’s go to the boiler room and turn down the temperature. 




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