How to Prevent Premature Skin Aging
Aging… one of the dreaded processes of human life. It is particularly reviled by women, as it means their youthful, supple skin begins to degenerate and sag, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and the skin begins to look dull, dehydrated, and aged.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, aging is a natural biological process that can’t be avoided. No amount of serums, expensive facials, or even Botox can prevent a natural process. The best thing to do is to accept that aging skin will happen to us all, and take comfort in knowing that everyone experiences it! However, that being said, there is definitely such a thing as premature aging, which occurs when the skin begins to degenerate faster than it should. This is a preventable process, and you can definitely delay the rate of your skin aging with a number of skincare and lifestyle tips! But before we get into that, let’s understand how the aging process works.
What is Skin Aging?
Aging skin occurs through a number of processes. But before we understand the processes let’s understand what skin itself is first!
The skin is comprised of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the skin’s surface, and this layer is rich in keratin, a substance that provides toughness and is also water-resistant. At the epidermis level, dead cells are shed and it is also where melanin (the pigment for dark skin) is found. The dermis is the second layer and consists of nerves, fats, blood vessels, elastin, and collagen fibers which provide elasticity. The dermis is much thicker than the epidermis. The last innermost layer is the subcutaneous layer made up of fat.
There are two main processes that occur when the skin ages. First is intrinsic aging, a natural internal process that occurs regardless of any other influences. After you turn 20, there is a year-on-year decrease of collagen production in the dermis by 1%. Collagen and elastin fibers become thicker, more clumpy, and looser which is how the skin becomes inelastic and brittle, leading to sagging and wrinkles. During this stage, it is best to invest in anti-aging facial sculpting tools like SBLA Beauty’s Facial Instant Sculpting Wand to get rid of fine lines and give you a face lift.
The natural exfoliation process also decreases by 28%, resulting in dead skin cells to be shed at a much slower rate and cause buildup. In your 30s, the process of transferring moisture from the dermis to epidermis slows down and fat cells begin to shrink. The combination of these effects is that skin starts to look drier and much thinner. Collagen production stops in the 40s, and the sebaceous glands shrink, resulting in dryness and brittle skin. Falling estrogen levels in the 40s and 50s as menopause sets in is also a cause for this decrease in sebum production. To increase your collagen production, consider products like Salameh Skin Care’s Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum and Mario Badescu Elasto-Collagen Night Cream that works to restore your skin to its original glow.
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The second process is called extrinsic aging, and this is the process we have more control over. Extrinsic aging occurs due to environmental factors that are damaging to the skin. It manifests in various ways such as the thickening of the outermost layer of the epidermis, which is known as the cornified layer, loss of collagen, sunspots, skin cancer, and freckling. These are all caused by free radicals that pull electrons from molecules in the skin, resulting in biological alterations to the cells. Skin proteins are damaged and as a result, skin becomes more brittle and less elastic. If this is an issue that you face, be sure to consider using Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum or Tatcha The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream.
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How to Prevent Premature Skin Aging
So now we understand how the aging of the skin works. We also know that we cannot prevent intrinsic aging, but we can delay skin aging by not kick-starting the extrinsic process too early. Tackling extrinsic aging is a matter of making lifestyle and environmental changes to protect our skin from free radicals as much as possible. And there are some very easy ways that this can be done!
1. Protect your skin from the sun at all times
Sun exposure is the biggest culprit of premature skin aging as UV rays generate free radicals and are hence very damaging to the skin. Wearing SPF every day is critical to delaying the aging process, as it will protect your skin from UV exposure. But don’t just stop there, double up on the protection by wearing a hat whenever you go out into the sun, or carry an umbrella. Limiting direct sun exposure is a very essential and simple action you can take. And don’t get just any SPF; find those with anti-aging properties like Salameh’s Anti-aging SPF30 Moisturizer for the best effects.
2. Don’t suntan, use a self-tanner if needed
Following up on the previous point, it goes without saying that you should not tan yourself in the sun as you’re exposing yourself to all those UV rays! Of course, some people enjoy having a golden brown color, but you shouldn’t sacrifice your skin for a tan! If you want to have that California sun-kissed look, opt for self-tanners instead such as Coco & Eve’s Self Tanner Mousse Kit and creams. Tanning beds are also very bad as they emit UV rays too.
3. Stop smoking and drink less
Not only is smoking bad for the lungs and overall health, but it is also extremely detrimental to your skin. Smoking speeds up the aging process very quickly, causing wrinkles, dryness, and sallowness of the skin. You might see longtime smokers who look aged beyond their years because their skin health has deteriorated so much. Alcohol is another culprit in skin aging as it causes dehydration. Retaining moisture is crucial to preventing premature aging, and alcohol does the exact opposite! Not only will reducing alcohol intake and smoking improves your skin, but your body will also thank you and you can avoid lung cancer and kidney diseases.
4. Start adding anti-aging products to your skincare routine
You can never start with anti-aging products too early! Once you hit your twenties, you should be taking active steps to preserve your skin’s youthfulness by moisturizing, adding serums, and incorporating retinoids. Skip the harsh cleansers that can damage the skin barrier and opt for neutral pH cleansers and a pH Balancing Toner instead. Start using gentle exfoliants such as a washcloth or a chemical one like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to boost your skin’s dead cell turnover. Be careful not to use harsh exfoliants with grains or beads as it can cause sagging and wrinkling. Incorporate serums to boost your skin’s moisture and hydration. Serums with vitamin A and vitamin C are the most helpful in anti-aging, as these have antioxidant properties to fight free radicals, and also help to stimulate collagen production.
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Anti-aging is a process that should not start later in life when your skin is already starting to age. Start incorporating these habits from your 20s and you can save a lot of time and money trying to reverse the damage with peels and lasers. Always seek a dermatologists’ help if you are unsure, and remember to take care of your overall health as that will also lead to an improvement in your skin!
|1||SBLA Beauty Facial Instant Sculpting Wand|
The first revolutionary, non-invasive solution that targets the most visible areas of the face prone to aging.
|2||Salameh Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum|
Made with ingredients that stimulates live cells and skin repair, this serum restores your skin to its original glow.
|3||Mario Badescu Elasto-Collagen Night Cream|
Enriched with collagen, this night cream is suitable for those with dry skin and works to preserve moisture and elasticity.
|4||Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum|
Combining strong levels of skin-fortifying signal peptides, it is great for improving your skin's texture.
|5||Tatcha The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream|
This anti-aging eye cream infuses the moisture-locking Japanese White Peony for youthful, radiant, and wrinkle-free eyes.
|6||Salameh Anti-Aging SPF 30 Moisturizer|
Lock in powerful moisture to hydrate and restore your skin's brilliance with Zinc Oxide and Octyl Methoxycinnamate infused.
|7||Coco & Eve Self Tanner Mousse Kit|
With 100% Natural DHA, this self-tan body treatment is all you need to achieve that golden glow right at home.
|8||Salameh Ph Balancing Toner|
This gentle and nourishing botanically-rich formula works to eliminate excess dirt, oil and makeup so that your skin is fresh.
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