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Defining and Delaying Skin Aging

Skin aging! Mere mention of it is considered bigotry by a lot of people as it is one of the most difficult topics to address concerning human health. Even so, we cannot really avoid this thing to happen and time will come that all of us have to accept the fact that we are indeed reaching our primes. While we cannot escape this tight spot from taking place, we can slow it down by following several skin care tips, but let us first define skin aging.

 Defining Skin Aging

According to scientific research, there are two types of skin aging namely, intrinsic and extrinsic:

Intrinsic

Intrinsic skin aging as the name denotes is concerned of what is happening underneath the epidermis. Also known as the natural aging process, intrinsic skin aging is a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s. Experts say that even if the collagen production slows, elastin (the substance that enables skin to snap back into place) becomes less springy, and the regeneration of skin cells are reduced, the signs are typically not visible for decades because basically, the problem is in the genes.  Other signs of intrinsic skin aging are fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, sagging skin, dry and itchy skin, and inability to sweat sufficiently to cool the skin.

 Extrinsic

Extrinsic skin aging on the other hand deals with external factors that often act together with the normal aging process to accelerate the aging of our skin. Most premature aging is caused by overexposure to sun, repetitive use of facial expressions, and smoking.

 

Delaying Skin Aging

Obviously, some factors are inevitable but it’s never late for us to take good care of our skin to somehow slow down skin aging.

  •      Protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun

Besides being the source of energy for mind and body, the rays of the sun also nourishes the skin. As it is the best source of Vitamin D necessary for calcium absorption and healthy bones, doctors recommend 15 minutes of direct exposure to the sun early in the morning to absorb the minimum daily requirement of Vitamin D. Stay out of the sun between 10am – 4pm as this is when the sun’s rays are harmful. If it’s unavoidable to spend the day under the scorching sun, wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. Remember that it is also advisable to apply sunscreen at all times. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors to all skin that will be exposed and should be reapplied after sweating or being in water.

  • Stop Smoking

Smoking is the 2nd biggest cause of skin damage after sun exposure. Why? Because nicotine constricts the blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the skin. So stop this bad habit if you don’t want your skin to appear wrinkly like a squashed paper bag.     Avoid Chemicals

Harsh chemicals in skin care products also contribute hasten skin aging. For instance, a strong preservative or antibacterial agent in skin care products might kill harmful bacteria but at the same time it can also damage your skin.  As much as possible, always look for those products which contain all natural ingredients.

  • Eat Healthy

It’s also essential to avoid eating chemicals in your food. It would be better if you eat fresh, organic, unprocessed, and unpackaged foods in order to maintain your skin healthy and smooth. As we all know, chemicals, preservatives, and other additives can accumulate in the liver and kidneys, and many of them when mixed with sweat and are released through the skin which in turn creates foul or strong body odor.

  •    Manage Stress

There are three types of stress, and all three affects your skin in different ways.

(1)     Mental stress causes the skin to shrink and thin, resulting in wrinkles and stress lines.

(2)     Emotional stress. Notice how anger or embarrassment can make your face turn red? If emotional stress becomes chronic, the person becomes more prone to acne and sensitive to sun.

(3)     Physical stress is caused by exercising too much, working too much or straining the body over a long period of time. Like mental stress, this causes the drying out of skin moisture resulting in rough, aged skin.

Remember to manage and balance your stress because it immediately shows in your skin.

  •       Cleanse and Exfoliate

Keep the pores and channels open by taking warm baths.  Gently cleanse the pores and remove impurities by exfoliating twice a week. If you have an oily skin, avoid using products that are too drying. Also refrain from using greasy creams as this could only clog your pores.

  •      Moisturize and Nourish Your Skin

To keep the inner layers of skin from drying out, remember to moisturize your skin by massaging your body skin on a daily basis. This step is essential in keeping the skin young and healthy as it rejuvenates and nourishes the skin as well as provide the necessary nutrients to maintain its suppleness and smoothness.

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