Plenty Happens When You Start To Age

As with all our body organs, skin ages as programmed by genes. Dry skin, age spots, white hair, hair loss, thin nails and other skin changes come purely due to age. Skin also ages by external factors. Sun is the main external factor that ages the skin. Ultra violet rays damage the skin most. Ageing due to sun is called photo ageing.

Sun-Sun breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin. Gravity plays its part in skin ageing. Smoking- tobacco plays a major role in skin ageing products. Smoking brings about biochemical changes in body and that accelerates ageing of skin. With age, the skin loses its ability to spring back and lines form.

The skins lower layers are responsible for the creation of new skin cells, which migrate to the surface of the skin while becoming more acidic in the process.  Exfoliation is necessary to effectively remove the dead skin cells evenly so that an even skin tone can be achieved. What are the actions of a skin exfoliant?

For dry skin, ageing skin I suggest going for the chemical exfoliants with AHA such as glycolic acid while oily skin works well with BHA exfoliants such as Salycilic acid.

Different skin types require different frequency of use, such that dry skin should be exfoliated once a week, normal and combination skin two times a week and oily skin every other day.

Skin ages in two different ways, through inherited genes (intrinsic aging) and environmental exposure (extrinsic aging). The skin gradually shows the effects of aging on the skin as collagen production decelerates and elastin looses its stretch. The skin exhibits the effects of aging slowly and permanently. The skin regenerates at a slower speed and new skin cell turnover is depressed, causing the skin to shed old cells at a reduced rate.

As a person ages, they begin to notice how the aging process has affected their skin. The suns rays contribute to freckles, rough skin, loose skin, blotchy complexion, spider veins on the face and rough, red patches on the skin called actinic keratoses. And, of course, skin cancer.