04 Dec What Causes Aging of the Skin?
It is no surprise that people are living longer than ever now, thanks to advances in modern medicine. Things like colds or bacterial infections that used to cause death sooner are now curable or preventable thanks to medication and vaccines. Because people are living longer, there is a great need to “look young,” which was never a concern before. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also one of the quickest ways people use to estimate age. Looking youthful is important to many people in the United States. As a result, there is a big market dedicated to reducing wrinkles and signs of aging on the skin.
Our skin is the organ that takes one of the biggest beatings. It is the only organ that is constantly exposed to outside elements. Poor habits, weather, and sun all take a large beating on our skin. While these things are not entirely avoidable, there are things we can do to reduce damage, and thus age to our skin. As we age, our skin becomes rougher, there is a loss of elasticity, and the skin becomes more easily damaged, regardless of how well we take care of it. With these things already stacked against us, it is important to control the factors we can.
Sun is one of the biggest detriments to healthy skin. Ultraviolet (UV) light, carried through sun rays, speeds up the process of elastin breakdown in our skin. It is impossible to reverse sun damage completely. Therefore, the best action you can take is to prevent as much sun damage as possible in the first place. Sunscreen is an everyday essential. Any part of your skin that is exposed to sun, whether that be hands, arms, or face and neck should be covered with sunscreen every day. Sunscreen cannot only help prevent cosmetic sun damage, but it can help prevent skin cancer as well.
Smoking, drinking, poor diet, and an overall unhealthy lifestyle are also factors that can lead to prematurely aging skin. An unhealthy lifestyle tends to lead to overall dehydration in the body. This tends to appear most obviously as the skin looking dull and sagging. Fine likes, which later develop into wrinkles become more common in people who drink and smoke in excess. In addition, poor lifestyles typically lead to increased stress in the body. Stress is another top cause of overall aging.
An aging body is a natural part of getting older. While we cannot reverse the clock of our lives, there are things we can do in order to slow down the aging process. Making a sunscreen a part of your everyday routine, drinking plenty of water, and living an overall healthy lifestyle is key to ensuring youthful skin as long as possible. There are also a plethora of medical treatments available, such a stem cell facials, that can help slow or even reverse some of the damage done to your body throughout the aging process. While you shouldn’t fear aging, it is important to remember that living a healthy lifestyle can help you stay youthful as long as possible.