What Causes Our Skin to Age: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors to Consider
There is no way to turn back time. There is no way to stop time. Time is both our friend and our enemy. The collective fear of aging is one that has created a continual growth in the anti-aging product and procedure market. It seems every year there are new studies and conclusions made about how to reverse and slow down the wear of time on our skin. To age gracefully, it is valuable to understand what causes our skin to lose its elasticity, smoothness, and dewy glow.
Some factors are intrinsic while others are extrinsic. The more you understand the aging process, the better suited you will be to make decisions that are best for you and your skin. Intrinsic factors that affect our individual aging process are the factors that are out of our control; mainly genetics. Extrinsic factors, as you can probably guess, are external factors that affect the health and appearance of our skin.
As we age, our skin will naturally lose dermal collagen, melanin, hair follicles, and sebaceous glands. The decrease in these four components cause your skin to sag, wrinkle, and dry out. Fortunately, there are you amazing products out there to help combat these noticeable symptoms of aging skin. Products that contain retinol are particularly effective at combating wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation and stimulating collagen production. Oils and creams that contain moringa oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, vitamin C and E are also powerful natural ingredients to help revive and revitalize your skin.
The beauty of extrinsic factors is that for the most part, you have control over them. These factors include unprotected exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun, smoking, dehydration, chronic stress, insufficient sleep, and an unhealthy diet. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and our internal body’s shield. It is essential to take care of your skin the way you would take care of your heart, brain, or mouth. Stop smoking, drink more water, eat more real, unprocessed food, manage your stress levels, and treat yourself to eight hours of rest every night. This is the unkept secret to a long and healthy life and for vibrant and healthy skin.