Most common aging Skin Factors and their Control

On the market today are countless products, treatments, and medications that claim to slow down or stop the aging skin process completely. A lot of these products promise you baby-like skin no matter your age but obviously, anyone should know that that is impossible. 

Aging skin is not a disease, it’s normally not a medically related condition, it is just natural so it is impossible to avoid because as you grow older and your existence on earth increases, so does your skin. (We are not sure what happens outside earth).

One of skins worst enemies is gravity, due to its continuous pull on the skin, it over time causes it to have weakened elastin fibers and collagen, which then leads to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Premature skin aging can be an inherited weakness; that means it can be triggered by one or some factors from your DNA. It can also be caused by environmental and external factors such as smog, gravity, sun exposure, and smoking. 

Arguably, another cause of facial wrinkles is repetitive facial expressions. While I believe to some extent this is true for example if you are used to squinting you should soon discover fine lines from under your eyes to the sides of your nose. But, I just found something shocking…

Recently, I read an article on the dailymail that spoke of a woman who doesn’t smile, she does this to prevent wrinkles from appearing on her face as she feels her strategy gives a more natural effect than Botox. With all my knowledge that article still left me expressionless

That said, looking after and protecting your skin from an early age helps prevent or reduce wrinkles and other aging skin signs, as you grow older.

When stepping out always protect your skin from sun rays even on cloudy days. Never sunbathe and keep out of direct sunlight during the hottest time of the day, which is usually between 10 am and 4 pm. 

Some aging skin problems which can be traced directly to sun exposure over the years include but are not limited to skin cancer, age spots, leathery rough skin, facial spider veins, a blotchy complexion, loose skin, and fine wrinkles.

A light-skinned person with a history of sun exposure or excessive tanning is likely to develop aging signs faster than a dark-skinned person. Repeated exposure to ultraviolet rays on the skin causes damages to accumulate as the skin gradually loses its power to repair itself.

Apply sunscreen to your skin all year round and wear protective clothing when outside during the day, such as long sleeves, a face cap or a hat with a wide brim. (I once saw a funny picture of a man squinting uncomfortably under the sun wearing a face cap turned backward. Why bother!).

After all said and done, we still have our ever-present “intrinsic aging process”. As you can guess from the name this is very much unavoidable even if you choose to poker face for a century. 

This process usually begins in our mid-20s, it is a slow and continuous process where the skin losses its snap gradually and its collagen production declines. 

There is a slight decrease in new skin cell turnover and the shedding of old, dead skin is a little slower but these intrinsic aging skin signs are not usually noticeable except when we speed them up with negative habits.

As people age, some of the common intrinsic aging signs include itchy, dry skin; fine wrinkles; transparent, thin skin; loss of firmness in the neck and face areas; and underlying fat loss causing hollowed eye sockets and cheeks. 

Along with establishing a good skincare regime, we are to eat healthy, exercise, and drink eight or more glasses of water daily.