The primary reason for premature aging of our skin is due to sun damage (otherwise known as photoaging). It is the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that directly break down the skin’s supporting structures of collagen and elastin. These harmful rays also damage the enzymes that serve to protect collagen from breaking down.
Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen supply to the skin by narrowing the blood vessels. This causes the skin to function less efficiently thereby slowing down the production of collagen and elastin. Smoking also damages one particular enzyme that controls the production of collagen in the skin. The great news is even if you do smoke, by quitting, you can actually reverse some of the damage done by smoking.
Alcohol can cause repeated and constant enlargement of the blood vessels leading to spider veins. Drinking alcohol in excess can also cause the reduced absorption of key vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy skin.
Both losing and gaining weight rapidly can lead to adverse symptoms in your skin. Losing weight rapidly can cause the skin to sag on the face as well as many other parts of the body. As skin ages, it is unable to compensate for a lack of supporting fat under the skin giving an older appearance. The inverse, rapidly gaining weight, can lead to stretch marks. When the collagen and elastin bundles are widened or stretch to quickly, it will lead to marks pink in color that in time will turn more silvery in appearance.
As you age common facial expressions can cause your skin to look older. While some facial exercises that target the areas of the cheeks, lower face and even neck can help you look younger, increased muscle activity in and around the forehead, eyes and mouth can form fine lines and wrinkles.
5 STEPS TO GREAT SKIN
Always use an SPF when outdoors, even on cloudy days
Quit smoking! Even if you are currently a smoker, by quitting, you can actually reduce the aged appearance of your skin.
Cut back on alcohol consumption.
If you are dieting, eat well-balanced meals and avoid losing weight too rapidly.
Use a daily moisturizer such as Retinol-X Triple Action Anti-aging Moisturizer twice a day. Reinol-X will not only help diminish the current lines and wrinkles you have, but will also prevent new ones from forming. So keep smiling because you are protected by Retinol-X!