For centuries, people have scoured the globe for the secret of eternal youth. While we havenít discovered it, we do know that healthy, beautiful skin is attainable and is one of the keys to looking young and vibrant.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. Over time, it sustains damage from the effects of aging and factors in our environment. When skin is young, it works at peak performance and continuously repairs itself. As we grow older, these repair mechanisms grow weaker. That is when we begin to see signs of damage such as thinning of the epidermis and dermis, coarsening of the skin, enlargement of pores and loss of suppleness.
Here are some of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may affect the state of your skin:
Although the aging process is inevitable, with the proper care, your skin can age gracefully and beautifully.
Everyone ages differently. Some people get deep wrinkles, others donít. Scientists have discovered that the root cause of aging lies deep within our skin cellís DNA. A good clue about how a person will age is to look at the parents and grandparents, however this does not mean that the future state of your skin is predestined. You can control extrinsic factors and follow a healthy skin care regimen to help your skin stay more vibrant, longer.
Skin is affected by external factors, such as exposure to the sun, cigarette smoke and chemicals in the air. They all deprive skin of the oxygen it needs. For instance, smoking can produce free radicals, once-healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Smoking also interferes with normal blood flow in the skin. Limiting exposure to harmful factors is important, as is making sure your skin has the nutrients it needs to fight back.
Photo aging is damage to skin that occurs from many years of exposure to the sun. Studies have shown that too much ultraviolet (UV) light, a type of light from the sun, can cause skin problems and premature wrinkling. The sunís UV light damages fibres in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of these elastin fibres causes the skin to sag and wrinkle and slow its ability to exfoliate. The skin also bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal. While sun damage may not show at a young age, it will surely show later in life, which is why it is important to protect your skin.
Everything that is taken into the body affects skin, so a balanced diet keeps skin looking healthy. An antioxidant-rich diet is important because the environment subjects the body to oxidation. The most important vitamins are A, B, C, and E ó all of which are antioxidants. As well, sufficient daily water intake is vital to keep skin hydrated and help retain moisture within the skin layers. Water helps your liver remove toxins, which keeps the skin clear. Dehydration can make the skin appear patchy and yellow. Eating well and properly hydrating your body gives your skin a better head start on a successful skin care regimen.