In reality, Aging is going to happen. There is nothing that we can do about it!
There are volumes written on the internet on the subject of Anti Aging. In reality, Aging is going to happen. There is nothing that we can do about it. However, we can take very positive actions towards limiting some of the factors which contribute to the degree of aging that is apparent.
With aging, the skin undergoes changes, both intrinsic and extrinsic. The intrinsic changes are those that appear due to the aging of body. Extrinsic changes are those that occur due to external factors such as the sun, smoking and other environmental pollution, diet, gravity and bad skin care. We cannot stop any intrinsic change because that is programmed in our body, but we are certainly able to change our personal habits and reduce the changes due to extrinsic factors.
The skin has three layers – the Epidermis (outermost layer), the Dermis (middle layer) and the subcutaneous layer (below the dermis).
As we age, the skin loses its suppleness, texture and strength. The epidermis or the outermost layer begins to thin. The Melanocytes (Pigment containing cells) decrease in number but increase in size which gives a pale look to the skin. The blood vessels in the dermis begin to lose strength and it becomes more easy for skin to suffer damage, leading to bruising and bleeding under the skin. Healing becomes very slow, in fact it maybe four times more slow in old age when compared to our youth.
Changes due to the sun (UV radiation) such as liver or age spots appear. With age spots and other hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles appear in many places on the skin. The “youthfull” look is lost. Sun damage can accelerate the skin aging considerably and is also known to cause skin diseases such as skin cancers.
The subcutaneous layer, that gives fat padding to the skin, thins. This further increases the risk of skin injury. As the underlying fat in the subcutaneous layer is lost, hollowness appears on the cheeks and eye sockets. Jowls form because of gravity.
Both sweat glands and sebaceous glands become less active. Skin turns dry and our sense of touch heat etc. reduces considerably. The hair goes gray and then turns white. Some people lose part or all of their hair and some just grow hair in unwanted places. The nails become thin and half moons on the nails disappear. Other growths such as skin tags and warts, may begin to further mar the appearance.
While many people do make an attempt to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, most do not understand just how essential the regular care of their skin is, as part of an effective anti aging strategy which will maintain a youthful look for a longer time.
While we use the phrase "anti aging", the truth is that we are not "against aging", just against "looking old"! The science behind the pursuit of youthful skin will continue to evolve, but many of the old truths still remain your best lifestyle choice. The skin is only a reflection of your overall health. Diet and exercise, while not "sexy" anti-aging ingredients still remain the most important step in building a foundation for younger, healthier skin.