Most of us are familiar with the ravaging effects of skin aging, especially if we have experienced them ourselves. The timing can vary but ultimately, the onset of these visible age indicators is as inevitable as the sun rising or the full moon’s cyclical arrival.
Speaking of the sun, it happens to be the single biggest contributor to this outcome. But it’s hardly the only one. In order to determine the best ways to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin, it is first necessary to fully understand what causes them. How come the appearance of weather and wear occurs earlier for some than others? And why do these impacts affect particular areas of our skin more substantially? In summation, why does our skin age?
Why Does Our Skin Age?
Let’s take a look at the biological reasons behind skin aging, and on the way we will provide some tips for overcoming them
This is simply another term for our skin’s exposure to daylight. Scientists estimate that at least 80 percent of visible skin signs are related to this exposure, which over time results in many of the most problematic issues such as wrinkle formation, loss of elasticity, age spots and structural deterioration.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are accosting our skin pretty much at all times. Even when you go outside on a cloudy day, these sneaky invisible beams are taking their toll. In modern society the effect is worsened due to a thinning ozone layer, which reduces the planet’s ability to filter out harmful UV rays.
Our best recommendation for combating photoaging is an obvious one: wear sunscreen. Lots of it, and at all times. Even on a cool and gloomy afternoon you should lather up exposed areas, so as to minimize UV exposure. It will pay off in the long-term.
Reduction of Collagen and Elastin
These proteins are the core fundamental building blocks for our skin. They are produced in the dermis, which is the inner layer that lies beneath the epidermis. As we age, our body naturally begins to produce less of these crucial properties. As a result, our skin loses its innate ability to protect and repair itself. This is why, when we’re 45, our skin is inherently less resilient than it was at age 25.
Serums, creams and topical complexes exist to help offset this change. Although the efficacy of these solutions vary, there are many penetrating formulas based in peptides and phytoceramides that can meaningfully increase production of collagen (and, less often, elastins). Look for creams that specialize in this area and add them to your daily routine. It can help slow the aging process to a large degree.
Areas of Wear and Tear
Certain areas of the body are subject to aging effects much earlier than others. The most vulnerable region is your face and neck. Situated at the top of your body, the skin here receives more direct sun exposure than anywhere else. We rarely cover them up with clothing. And particular places break down more quickly due to extensive use.
Think about your eyes, and the skin around them. Every time you laugh, smile, smirk or wince, the skin here scrunches and folds up. As this happens repetitively throughout the days, weeks and months, the impact adds up. Additionally, the skin here is as thin and fragile as anywhere on the body. So it should come as no surprise that the eyes are the first area to show visible aging signs on most people. Crow’s feet are incredibly common for a reason.
There really isn’t any way to actively adjust your behavior to stop this — we’re certainly not going to advise you to stop smiling and laughing — but this reality increases the importance of using sunscreen and and a quality peptide cream on your face and your eyes. Nowhere is this support needed more.
Hopefully, now that you have a little information about the biological causes of skin aging, you can better prepare yourself to keep them at bay.