Healthy Aging: The Aging Skin
Our perception of health and beauty lies within the skin. It reflects when we haven’t slept, binged on chocolate, and of course when we age. Preventing the aging process is a billion dollar industry and people will try almost anything to hold onto their youth. Today we will let you know what skin care regimes actually work to keep your skin looking flawless.
Anatomy of Skin
The skin is made up for two layers; the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis or the top layer provides a physical barrier from external pathogens from getting in. The dermis is where we find elastin and collagen fibres responsible for keeping our skin looking soft and youthful. As we get older, we lose collagen and elastin causing the dermal layer to thin.
The Aging Process
There are both internal and external factors that contribute to the physiological process of aging. UV radiation from chronic sun exposure and pollution are the main external factors in aging skin and is called photoageing. This causes direct damage to DNA and creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that lead to wrinkles and pigment changes to the skin.
Intrinsic factors cause our skin to become more thin, increase in fragility, loose elasticity and increase in fine wrinkles as we get older. It also takes longer for our skin to rejuvenate and remodel. These changes are made worse by lifestyle habits that increase inflammation and oxidative stress on our bodies. The lifestyle habit that works against your skin the most next to sun damage? Smoking.
How to Glow like J-Lo
Serve your skin – Neglecting to wash your skin accelerates the ageing process because left over dirt causes skin irritation and over time this damages skin. It is best to use real cleansers instead of wipes. In addition, one of the best anti-ageing regimes includes protecting your skin through sun avoidance and applying sunscreen.
Anti-oxidants – Anti-oxidants both internally and applied topically are thought to soak up free radicals produced by things like poor diet and chronic sun exposure. Anti-oxidants to focus on are green tea extract, vit C, and vit A.
Collagen – Reviews have shown that supplementing with hydrolysed collagen not only reduce and prevent joint pain, but also fight against skin ageing. Also, stay away from diets high in sugar because sugar further degrades the collagen and elastin naturally found in our skin. Check our IG account (@wholeandholistic) later this week for a fun way to include collagen in your daily routine.
Bonus: Facial Acupuncture – This is a fascinating way to treat and prevent wrinkles. In facial acupuncture, small needles are placed on the face to help stimulate collagen synthesis. The result after a series of treatments is the reduced appearance of wrinkles and improved facial elasticity. Facial acupuncture has also been shown to improve dermatitis, pruitis, and urticaria.
Weekly Challenge: Look up the skin care products you use on the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. This will give you an idea of how safe or unsafe they are for your health.