What Causes One’s Skin to Age?
There are many factors that affect the age and health of your skin. The sun, harsh weather conditions, nutrition, and many other factors can cause your skin to undergo changes. It is important to understand the specifics of how and why the skin ages. Once you understand the causes, you can take precautions to prevent premature skin aging.
Loss of Elasticity
The elasticity of the skin is defined as the ability of the skin to stretch without incurring damage. It is also the ability of the skin to return to its original shape. Oglf explains that the elasticity of the skin is greatly influenced by the presence of collagen, a fiber that provides the skin with strength and firmness.
The body produces less collagen with age. Beginning at the age of 20, the body produces approximately one percent less collagen each year than it did in the preceding year. This causes the skin to become thin and fragile.
The function of sweat and oil glands, as well as, the production of elastin also decrease with age.
Most people know the body is composed mostly of water. However, did you know your skin is 63 percent water?
When not enough water is consumed, the body becomes dehydrated. When dehydration occurs, the body will then begin to prioritize its use of the water available to it. The most vital organs in the body, like the brain, heart, and liver, will be the first ones to receive the available water. 100 Percent Pure explains that the skin’s connective tissue is one of the first areas of the body to be denied water when the water supply in the body is insufficient. Collagen that is dehydrated begins to crack, which causes the skin to wrinkle.
The skin can be restored after dehydration by drinking plenty of water and applying moisturizer to the surface of the skin.
Free radicals are molecules resulting from oxidative stress in the body. These molecules act as scavengers in the body, searching for proteins, cells, and DNA to damage. The skin is under constant attack from free radicals.
ASEA explains that antioxidants and redox molecules are used by the body to slow down natural aging processes and to support the immune system in repairing the damage caused to cells by free radicals. In a young, healthy body, these elements are generated naturally, but aging and/or sickly bodies struggle to keep up.
There are many factors that contribute to the aging of the skin. However, by understanding the way in which skin ages, it becomes much easier to make use of the anti-aging techniques available to keep your skin young and healthy.
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