The Truth About Skin and Aging

Skin aging is part of the aging process which everyone has to come to terms with.  For some people, it is not aging itself that gets to them but the way it makes them look.  Facial lines and wrinkles all seem to be part of the aging process.   

While continuous studies are being made to fight the aging process, we are still far from discovering the fountain of youth.  What we can do for the meantime is to understand why our skin ages and delay the process with proper skin care. 

Skin aging is divided into two categories: 

  1. Chronological Aging

    Chronological aging is the consequence of the passage of time.  As we age, our skin renewal process changes.  Instead of being renewed every two to three weeks, our skin now takes four to six weeks to be replaced.  This results to a drier and thinner skin.   

    When we are young, the dermis (middle layer between the epidermis and subcutaneous layer) has an elastic quality due to the abundance of elastin which keeps the skin looking young. In addition to that, a protein in the dermis called collagen gives the skin its structural strength. 

    As we get older, the collagen and elastin levels in the dermis decreases, our face starts to sag and our skin becomes thinner.  The dermis starts to become incapable of sending in enough moisture to the epidermis and the fatty tissues in the subcutaneous layer begin to disappear which cause the epidermis to sag and form wrinkles.  

  1. Photo-aging

    Photo-aging is due to constant, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays which results to the oxidation of the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin.   

Knowing the skin’s aging process will help us in our efforts to establish an effective skin care regimen.  Understand that your skin needs to be nourished and protected to maintain its youthful glow.  Remember that incorporating a good diet and healthy lifestyle is key to maintaining healthy, good looking skin. 

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