For centuries, people have scoured the globe for the secret of eternal youth. While we haven’t discovered it, we do know that healthy, beautiful skin is attainable and is one of the keys to looking young and vibrant.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. Over time, it sustains damage from the effects of aging and factors in our environment. When skin is young, it works at peak performance and continuously repairs itself. As we grow older, these repair mechanisms grow weaker. That is when we begin to see signs of damage such as thinning of the epidermis and dermis, coarsening of the skin, enlargement of pores and loss of suppleness.
Here are some of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may affect the state of your skin:Aging
Although the aging process is inevitable, with the proper care, your skin can age gracefully and beautifully.Heredity
Everyone ages differently. Some people get deep wrinkles, others don’t. Scientists have discovered that the root cause of aging lies deep within our skin cell’s DNA. A good clue about how a person will age is to look at the parents and grandparents, however this does not mean that the future state of your skin is predestined. You can control extrinsic factors and follow a healthy skin care regimen to help your skin stay more vibrant, longer.The Environment
Skin is affected by external factors, such as exposure to the sun, cigarette smoke and chemicals in the air. They all deprive skin of the oxygen it needs. For instance, smoking can produce free radicals, once-healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Smoking also interferes with normal blood flow in the skin. Limiting exposure to harmful factors is important, as is making sure your skin has the nutrients it needs to fight back.