Understanding the effects of time on your skin is a vital step in knowing how to up your anti-aging efforts, both at the physician’s office and at home. After all, when you know what lurks around the corner, you can at least try some preventative measures to help you look your best for as long as possible, right?
OK, so let’s look at the two essential types of skin aging.
First up, there’s intrinsic aging which is the kind that happens from within. The second, far more sinister type is extrinsic aging which is inflicted by the environment and other external forces such as diet, lifestyle and so on.
Intrinsic aging, also known as internal aging, is all down to the inevitable passing of time and everything that comes with it, no matter how disciplined you are about your lifestyle and skincare regime. Oh, and genetics comes into play here, too. Have a quick look at your mom and dad and you’ll probably see a glimpse of what’s to come.
Signs of intrinsic aging can include dull and dry skin with significant dehydration, wrinkles caused by a natural loss of collagen and elastin (exacerbated by facial expressions), redness in the form of broken capillaries under the skin and large pores. None of which we’re big fans of, if truth be told.
On top of these natural forces of aging of which you can’t do much about, is what’s known as extrinsic aging. This is what the environment, an incorrigible punisher if we do say so ourselves, does over a lifetime. Think sun exposure, smoking, poor nutrition, pollution, sleep deprivation and other evils that can sabotage your looks like margaritas, Doritos and the like.
Signs of extrinsic aging include rough skin texture or scaly patches, brown spots particularly on the cheekbones and upper chest (these areas do not lie where sun damage is concerned) and pronounced wrinkling or sagging on the cheeks and neck which is almost always a result of the sun.
When you combine both intrinsic and extrinsic aging in your thirties you begin to see the first glimpses of skin aging. Things like puffiness and/or hollowness under the eyes, drooping eyelids, rings around the neck and a loss of youthful radiance start to appear. In your 40s there’s also a dip in estrogen to contend with, so your skin suddenly gets drier. Any brown spots start to turn a darker shade of brown, there’s a more visible loss of elasticity in the form of sinking cheeks and pronounced expression lines around the mouth and eyes. Then, when 50+ strikes, all of the above become more magnified as collagen diminishes and with it that once bouncy, soft complexion you used to take for granted.
This may all sound like way too much bad news for one day, but thankfully extrinsic aging is in your control, and our skincare philosophy is that if you know what to expect, you’ll be better prepared to correct, protect and, most important, PREVENT.
So, let’s get to it, shall we? Make today’s must-do to schedule an appointment with your local, aesthetic physician and get on a treatment plan to stop the visible signs of aging in their tracks. Injectables such as Botox and fillers are awesome tools for temporarily adding smoothness, volume and youthfulness back to the skin. Meanwhile, a strict, medical-grade skincare plan that includes retinol, AHAs and BHAs, antioxidants and that all-important broad-spectrum sunscreen will offer a noticeable difference to prematurely aging skin.
Couple all this with the good things in life like sleep, facial yoga and a good water drinking habit and you’ll up your complexion game in no time.