Aging happens due to two different kinds of influences:
You can’t do much about genetic aging since it is caused by your own genes. Genetic aging is also caused by your ethnicity and different ethnic skin types withstand aging better or worse than others. Genetic aging can also be caused by certain disease conditions, which can prematurely ages your skin. You can’t change your genetics, your ethnicity, or arguably your disease state. However, you can definitely do something about external aging.
#2 EXTERNAL AGING
External aging is caused by factors that you can control. Fortunately, external aging is a major part of aging, so while you can’t turn the clock back forever, you can definitely slow it down pretty significantly.
You probably already know that ultraviolet radiation increases your risk of skin cancer. However, it also has a striking effect on aging.
All you have to do to determine whether ultraviolet light has already aged you beyond how you would age without exposure is to compare the skin to your butt cheeks. Notice how nice and smooth they are? They don’t have age spots or wrinkles, and while they might have a few cellulite dimples or not be the exact size or shape you would prefer, the skin itself is looking pretty good, isn’t it? Imagine how young you would look if your facial skin and the skin on your hands and forearms looked like the skin on your butt. (Wow, your face is as smooth as the butt!) Clearly, being called a butt-face is really a compliment! To get there, start applying your sunscreen like your necessity.
Smoking is second only to UV radiation in its aging effects on the skin. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, which decreases blood supply to your skin. It also dehydrates your skin, increases free-radical damage, and has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer.
One study showed that the risk of developing severe wrinkles was three times higher in smokers than in nonsmokers. That’s reason enough to throw that pack of cigarettes in the trash! Not just that, why pay to age your skin?
You know it’s not healthy for your insides, but did you know that poor dietary choices can make visible differences in your skin? Sugar in particular is a skin wrecker, we all know how we break out after festive seasons. Sugar and deep fried causes aging by increasing inflammation. Eating the right kinds of fats can actually help you look younger.
EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL INTAKE
Excessive alcohol consumption is bad for you in all kinds of ways, and one of those ways is by aging prematurely. I’ve been through this phase and trust me, alcohol dehydrates your skin and causes some people to have a flushing reaction. It’s not pretty.
Too much alcohol can also keep you from other healthy habits, like eating well, and can encourage other unhealthy habits, like smoking. Sit out on the beach in the sun with a cigarette and a cocktail, and you’ve got a recipe for overnight aging.
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The effects that these four factors have on skin aren’t just about dehydration and blood vessel constriction or swelling. They’re also about free radicals. In fact, a significant amount of aging in the body is caused by free radicals, and you have the power to greatly minimize these effects.
Free radicals are damaged oxygen molecules and to remedy the problem, they attach to healthy cells and steal their electrons, damaging the cells or causing them to malfunction. Which causes all sorts of problems, from cell structure damage to DNA damage.
FREE RADICALS IS THE MAFIA IN OUR BODY.
Free radicals are by‑products of the body’s various processes, like digestion, and they should be present in amounts the body can easily handle. However, when you add in extrinsic factors like UV exposure, smoking, a poor diet, alcohol, and the effects of toxins like pollution, pesticides, automobile exhaust, and environmental chemicals, and especially when you have more than one of these operating in the body at one time, free radicals can become too numerous.
When this happens, the body enters a state of oxidative stress, in which it unable to handle free radical damage on its own. Free radicals then begin to cause visible damage like breaking down in collagen and elastin, making the skin looser, more wrinkled, and thinner. As we age, collagen production slows down, so we don’t replace the collagen that gets broken down as quickly. Eventually, we hardly replace it at all.
This is why the best anti-aging treatments address free radicals in their formulations.
PILE UP ON YOUR ANTIOXIDANT.
Antioxidants fight free radicals by neutralizing them. They donate an extra electron to the free radical, essentially stopping it from scavenging electrons from other cells.
Your body naturally produces antioxidants, but if you add more through diet and use the right skincare products, you can help your body immensely. Antioxidants are like the cavalry sweeping in to fight off the free-radical onslaught.