If you haven’t ever asked yourself why your skin ages, then you’re just like many of the other people out there. So many people could care less as to why their skin ages. All they really care is how to prevent it from happening too quickly. Since it’s Friday, I figured it’s a good day to share some insight with you. I want to help you better understand exactly why your skin ages as you get older.
Find Out Why Your Skin Ages!
For the most part, skin aging is caused by a simple combination of environmental elements and the natural aging process. When I say environmental elements, what I’m mainly referring to is the exposure to sunlight and harmful UV rays. Most of us likely get too much sun as we don’t really need much and most of the time we get too much of it.
Explaining this is going to require a quick skin lesson. I’ll make this quick and basic though, don’t worry. The first thing you need to know is that your skin has two layers, the epidermis, and the dermis. Of those layers, the epidermis is the outer layer which is the barrier of the skin that protects you from bacteria and UV radiation. The dermis is the part of the skin that houses all the collagen, protein and is the main reason why it stays strong and stretchy.
One of the main things that happen as you age is that the cells within the dermis layer become disconnected. As a result, they don’t connect with proteins as well and production of the proteins diminishes. Once this happens, the extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins become far less effective and function at a lower rate than before. When this happens, your skin begins to change the tone, elasticity diminishes and things start to fall apart. In other words, signs of aging take place.
Now, as we get older, over time our body is exposed to a lot of sun and that UV light causes our epidermal layer to suffer. This is where deep wrinkles come from so be sure to wear sunscreen at all times.
A reduction in fat deposits below the surface of the skin has a lot to do with this as well. UV light can cause damage to the upper dermis area and this often leads to fat cells dying. Unfortunately, the cells are replaced with scar tissue.
All those things add up and they play a key role in the aging process. The moral here is simple, do what you can to protect your skin from the sun. Wear skin care products that contain ingredients well-known to help slow the aging process and do what you can to lead a healthy life. That should all help keep your skin looking as best as possible.
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