Aging Skin?

The best way to prevent aging skin

Do you have aging skin? Kind of a silly question. When you consider as we all get older our skin ages. 

Here is what you need to think about aging skin has two causes:

  1. Intrinsic aging - from simply the years passing by
  2. aging because of over exposure to the sun

As early as the 1960s science discovered the aging mechanism was built in to our skin’s DNA. So to get an idea of what your skin is going to be like - take a look at your parents and you’ll see -- your most probable future appearance.

The onslaught of time is something none of us can do anything about -- that time effect will happen regardless of what you do, but - don’t despair - there are things which you can do to mitigate the the effects.  Things that will help you maintain -- that youthful look and feel to your skin -- pushing back chronological aging.

The second aging skin process is more ominous. yet it is a process we can control, but when we fail to control it -- this process inflicts the most damage to skin.

This aging skin is caused by external forces such as:

  • tobacco smoking
  • too much alcohol consumption
  • too many processed foods in our diet
  • but the big one - has been and still is -- over exposure to the sun

This type of skin aging is called ‘Premature’ aging for a reason. Why? Because it happens earlier in life then chronological aging and is completely preventable.

Aged, wrinkled, tired skin is not inevitable. Over 80% of the effects of prematurely aged skin can be linked back to over exposure to the sun. It is important to note that Skin Cancer can be linked back almost exclusively to sun damage.

What are the signs of aging skin by the passage of time?

Dry Skin - as we get older the oil glands in our skin don’t work as efficiently as they once did, at maintaining skin moisture and our skin winds up dehydrated. One reason using a daily moisturizer is a must.

Wrinkles - what keeps our skin soft supple and beautiful are two elements -- Collagen & Elastin. As time passes by - the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin isn’t as abundant or as strong as it once was. The elasticity of our skin lessens causing wrinkles.

A life time of smiling, frowning and squinting exacerbate the situation -- creating things we euphemistically call “Laugh Lines” (permanent wrinkles).

The result? Wrinkles tend to increase in both size and number as time passes by.

Enlarged Pores -- the loss of collagen & Elastin cause our pores to get bigger. Some people are cursed with excessively large pores to begin with, while others have pores so small you can barely notice them, but either way the loss of collagen and elastin causes pores to in crease in size.

Broken capillaries -- these tiny blood vessels show up as very fine little red lines that normally appear on the cheeks and nose area. Each time a capillary breaks it adds more lines to the sum total -- making these annoying red marks even more visible.

Longer healing times -- after age 30 it starts to take longer for our skin to heal and recover from injury (cuts, burns, abrasions, insect bites or stings). By the 70s skin healing can take 2 times as long as it used to. This longer healing process also causes our complexion to be duller than it was in our earlier years.

The skin aging caused by Sun exposure also has signs we can look for

When the Sun or Tanning bed exposure destroys collagen & elastin -- skin has a rougher look and feel and is not as pliable.

The things we once called age or liver spots - are a direct result of Ultraviolet radiation damage - causing skin pigment to react abnormally. This is most pronounced on the face, chest, arms and hands.

Cross-hatched wrinkles -  A study of female identical twins (genetically identical), but living different life styles - showed the twin that avoided overexposure to the sun had significantly less cross-hatched wrinkling on her cheeks and forehead.

So what is the answer to the question “What is the best to combat aging skin?”

It has to be:

  • don’t sun tan (tans are damaged skin)
  • don’t visit tanning salons
  • always use sun block when outdoors

People tend to disregard this advice - some may even become angry at what I say here. Some feel anti-aging-skincare should be something other than simple prevention.

Let’s face it - many folks still consider bronzed tanned people as looking good and being healthy.

Hundreds of years ago a tan meant you were POOR!! Forced to work outside for long hours in the fields doing menial work.

These days a tan is a badge -- displaying -- you have hours of leisure time to lounge in the sun, on your yacht, or lay around at the beach.

This is where you must decide - do you want the cool tan - in your twenties and thirties only to face significant skin issues - like damaged, aged skin and even skin cancer -- in your fifties, sixties, seventies?

The damage to skin is caused by two sets of ultraviolet radiation  -- UVB and UVA.

UVB are called the burning rays because it’s these rays that cause a painful sun burn.

The second -- UVA doesn’t burn, but instead penetrates deeply into the layers of skin causing quiet damage to DNA.

These two work hand in hand to produce free radicals within our skin. Which roar around causing continuous damage on a cellular level. This damage manifests it’s self as SKIN AGING!! And is the precursor to skin Cancer.

So again “What is the best anti-aging-skincare?”

Use sun block and moisturizer every day!  Would you leave the house in the morning without brushing your teeth?  I hope NOT!!! It’s important that you start feeling that way about Sun Block that you can’t leave the house without applying it.

Notice I didn’t say don’t go out doors. That’s unrealistic! 

There is an issue with sun screen verses sun block. Traditionally sunscreen stopped UVB rays that cause the sun burn, but allowed the UVA rays through. Whereas Sun Block stops both sets of rays, but was an unsightly mess on your skin.

Today most modern sun screens and sun blocks do the same job - protecting against all harmful rays, especially since the advent of ‘micronization’  which allows the amazing blocking properties of titanium and zinc oxides to be added to the block without creating  a gooey mess on your skin.

Always make sure you read the label of any sun protection product you decide to use. Before using it.

Important Note: Always be judicious in your use of Sun Block or Sun screen. Your body requires sunlight on your skin to help produce Vitamin 'D'. The thrust of this page was to protect yourself from OVER EXPOSURE to the sun.

If Vitamin D deficiency will become an issue for you simply add a Vitamin D supplement to your diet.

Click here for information about great supplements available for your skin.

The very best anti-aging-skincare is protection from over exposure to the  sun!!

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