Growing up can be exciting and fun. Most people consider aging as a path to wisdom. But along with wisdom, you will also experience physical changes. Aging is a natural phenomenon that cannot be stopped but can be slowed down with proper skincare treatments and products. Understanding the skin and maintaining it will allow you to detect the early signs of aging and prevent them by using appropriate products. Let us now take a deep dive into the concept of aging and how to avoid them in detail.
What is aging?
Aging is a natural process, and it occurs due to the hormonal changes that occur in the body. Before understanding what is aging, it is necessary to understand the structure of our skin. Our skin is made up of three different layers called the epidermis (outer layer), dermis ( a thick layer below the epidermis), and Hypodermis ( a layer with fat that is linked to the other two layers). The dermis and epidermis are completely responsible for the aging of the skin. The extracellular matrix present in the skin is responsible for the tightness and bounciness of the skin. The matrix is completely made up of substances like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. When both the dermis and epidermis start to degrade with time, the skin will start sagging slowly, along with reduced bounciness and plumpness. As a result, the skin will show certain signs of aging.
Types and Causes of aging
Naturally, as the human body grows with age the structure also changes with time. After a particular age, both the dermis and epidermis will start degrading when not maintained properly. This will allow them to lose important contents like water and lipids resulting in degradation.
There are two types of aging called extrinsic and intrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging occurs as a result of external or environmental conditions, while Intrinsic aging is a result of internal conditions in the body like cell aging, and losing lipid content. Some of the common extrinsic factors include,
Pollutions in air and water.
Smoke exposure and so on.
Some of the intrinsic factors include,
Change in hormone levels due to aging.
Normal day-to-day activities and stress level.
And other factors related to aging and reduction in the levels of collagen.
Along with these factors, there are also certain other factors that might lead to early aging. Preventing them through proper eating, exercise, and hydration is the best solution.
How do I treat aging?
Most countertop products and creams available nowadays promise anti-aging formulas that have been successful in the market. Proper treatment and creams can reduce wrinkles and prevent them from occurring. Most of the extrinsic factors can be treated using regular creams. Sunlight exposure is a major source when it comes to aging since they burn the external layer of the skin and reduces elasticity. This might result in wrinkles. To protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV radiation, the best option is to go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion ( SPF 30 or more) combined with regular moisturizers. This can keep your skin safe and healthy. Keeping your skin hydrated from within is also essential. so consuming healthy foods and drinking lots of water will also prevent aging factors. Smoking can also cause similar damages to the skin and avoiding it will be a better option.
But when certain signs of aging occur due to the intrinsic factor the better option is to go for hormones and treatments and other powerful creams that can prevent the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. To prevent aging,
Consume more collagen-based foods.
Prevent the loss of collagen by avoiding harmful UV radiation.
Prevent the skin from losing its thickness due to the application of certain unwanted chemicals.
Use moisturizers and face creams with ingredients like retinoids peptides glycolic acid and vitamin C to prevent dry skin.
Sunscreen lotion during the day and night moisturizer cream while going to bed is the best option to maintain healthy and younger-looking skin.
Ingredients (acids) that help.
When it comes to both anti-aging ingredients 4 main components keep appearing in most of the products. They include vitamin C, Niacinamide, retinoids, and glycolic acid. Avoid these four ingredients and act as a power booster that protects the skin and reduces the loss of collagen. So when you are searching for products in the market make sure to have all these four ingredients that can protect your skin from aging for a long time. Some of the products are also available as individual serums and combinations which can be purchased and used regularly before applying makeup. Aging is a natural phenomenon and these screens and moisturizers can help you take the lead to a certain extent. Always try to make the best out of the available products rather than going for chemical treatments that might harm your health in the long run.