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Understanding Skin Aging Process

If life is about change, skin is proof. How your skin ages depends on such factors like your lifestyle, diet, heredity and personal habits.

To better understand the causes behind skin ageing and what you can — and can’t — do to control how your skin ages.

As we age, he says, skin becomes:

  • Rough, dry and itchy.
  • Slack. The loss of the elastic tissue (elastin and collagen) in the skin with age causes your skin to become slack and hang loosely. When we turn the age of 25 we start loosing to level of collagen in our sin.
  • Transparent. This is caused by thinning of the epidermis (surface layer of the skin) and dermis (deeper layer of the skin). The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching.
  • Fragile. Increased skin fragility is caused by flattening of the area where the epidermis and dermis (layer of skin under the epidermis) come together.
  • More easily bruised. This is caused by thinner blood vessel walls.
  • More prone to developing skin lesions, such as non-cancerous (benign) tumors.

How does the sun cause aging of the skin (photoaging)?

Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal. So while sun damage may not show when you’re young, it will later in life.

 

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