Everyone is looking for ways to care for aging skin and keep it fresh. Anti-aging is the entire buzz. There are different phrases on the internet; “60 now look 30”, and several others. Yet, the aging process starts immediately we enter the world and its effects continue to increase as we advance in age.
Can we revise the age?
Obviously, we can’t. Anti-aging is not possible because aging is what we gracefully strive for. However, we can slow the natural aging process by using specific nutrients both internally and externally.
Aging skin problems
Aging skin is basically caused by two factors; intrinsic or internal factors, and extrinsic factors. The internal factor is what we inherited from our parent’s genes. The external factor on the other hand is the effects of the environment.
For instance, exposure to the sun is one of the major factors that affect the skin. All evidence of aging skin is pointing directly to these two factors. Can we do without them? Genes control the entire function of the body. We can’t prevent the gene from expression. While aging affects all the organs in the body, our major focus is on the skin, which is the largest organ.
Apart from the skin being the largest organ in the body, it’s also the most important of all the organs in the body. The skin serves as a barrier between the external world and our internal organs. It protects against harmful chemicals and pathogens. It regulates body temperature, prevents excessive water loss, synthesizes vitamin D, and protects vitamin B folates.
The internal (intrinsic) factor that controls the aging process begins in our 20’s and continues until death. The most notable changes that occur during the aging process is slower production of structural proteins, collagen, and elastin. These proteins play important roles in the skin.
Another thing that happens during the aging process is a slower turnover of dead skin cells. The entire process that leads to premature aging is the combination of internal and external factors. The major external factor that leads to premature aging is excessive sun exposure.
Scientific evidence skin care
Scientific studies revealed that too much exposure to ultraviolet light breaks down collagen and elastin and weakens the synthesis. With time, regular sun exposure leads to dryness, wrinkles, brown freckles, and broken capillaries. In addition to damaging the DNA in the skin cells, ultraviolet light also inhibits the mechanisms repair damaged skin.
Apart from sun exposure, other external factors also age the skin. Some of them are poor diets, sleeping positions, repetitive facial expressions, smoking, and lack of exercise. Additional internal factors that enhance the aging process are hormones. Estrogen is one of the hormones that provokes collagen.
Testosterone which is a dominant men hormone also contributes thicker skin. However, the lack of testosterone in men and estrogen in women contributes to aging skin in later years.
The commonest signs of aging skin such as fine lines, thinning skin, and dryness are not visible until when a person is 30.
Caring for aging skin can be achieved in several ways;
- Proper nutrition and topical application of antioxidant creams.
- By using high-quality moisturizers rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants.
- By calming the nervous system.