Anti aging guide

Anti-Aging: What Causes Skin Aging



How and what are the possible factors that causes the skin to age

Our skin is constantly renewing itself throughout life, but this renewal rate slows down with age. Normally, the skin is supported by collagen and elastin molecules, but these begin to break down and stiffen over the years. The water content of the skin also evaporates. The result is that the skin starts to lose its full, rounded shape and in some places it becomes thin and fragile and bruises easily. The pores increase in size and hair may sprout where it is not supposed to. Blemishes may appear out of nowhere.

An amazing 90 per cent of all the signs of aging on the skin are due to sun damage and not to the aging process itself. The ozone layer which surrounds the Earth like a cocoon filters out most of the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Somehow, we have managed to blast enormous holes in this layer, allowing substantial amounts of UV radiation to pass through. These holes are a predicament of the millennium generation. As they get bigger we will experience more radiation damage and in a few years the signs of skin aging will become much more pronounced on many people.

UV radiation causes:

  • Toughness and yellowing of the skin
  • Worsening of moles, some of which may change into cancer
  • Collagen damage, resulting in loose and baggy skin
  • Age spots and freckles
  • Certain skin abnormalities which may turn into cancer suppression of the immune system

Don’t bother about distinguishing between the UVA and UVB varieties of sun rays. Avoid the lot, as far as you can.

Damage due to UV radiation, free radicals and other toxins is made worse by a variety of factors:

  1. Smoking, which not only damages the skin through the toxic ingredients of tobacco, but also worsens wrinkles by the constant squinting during smoking.
  2. Too much alcohol or environmental pollution. Avoid exposure if you can and consider using antioxidants in creams or in tablet form.
  3. The menopause, which affects the skin by making it thinner and by reducing its water content. Women who are on HRT have fewer wrinkles than women of the same age who are not on HRT. Isoflavones could also have a positive effect on skin aging, but not many trials have so far been conducted on this.
Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm