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There’s no getting around it- skin ages as we get older. Aging skin begins to show signs of wear, including a lack of moisture and elasticity, a tendency to bruise easily, a transparent look, a propensity for developing lesions, and an overall fragility. However, have you ever wondered why people of the same age can have such dramatically different skin? Clearly, age is not the only factor in skin health. Aside from time, what are the causes of skin aging?

  • Gravity affects the skin that has lost some of its elasticity. The eyebrows and eyelids may droop, you may experience looseness and fullness under the cheek and jaw, and your ear lobes may lengthen.
  • Slow Cell Turnover
  • Obesity can cause the skin to stretch. It also decreases the strength of the hair and nails and causes skin conditions like dark patches, skin tags, stretch marks, and varicose veins. When folds of excess body skin rub on each other, skin irritation, blisters, chafing, and rashes may occur.
  • Facial animation can cause lines on your face. Yes, unfortunately, laugh lines are a real thing. They become more visible once the skin begins to lose its elasticity, in a person’s 30s or 40s.
  • Underproductive cells
  • Sleep position can affect your face. You might notice sleep creases on the side of the forehead, as s result of the way your head is positioned on your pillow. Changing your sleeping position can keep these from getting worse.
  • Stress ages the skin. It causes an imbalance of hormones and chemicals in the body, reducing immunity and allowing more viruses to take hold. This results in cell damage, dull skin, slack pores, and other tissue damage.
  • Smoking and other toxins can damage your skin. Cigarette smoke emits free radicals, and people who smoke have more wrinkles than non-smokers of the same age who have the same type of complexion and history of sun exposure. Pollution has a similar effect on the skin.
  • A poor diet is bad for your whole body, including your skin. However, by loading your diet with antioxidants, you can help undo the damage. Vitamins A, C, and E, along with bioflavonoids and polyphenols, can help firm your skin and give it a healthy glow.
  • The wrong amount of exercise takes a toll. Exercise regulates the circulation and flow of oxygen to our skin cells, helping them to stay healthy. However, it is important not to overdo it, because excessive exercise can cause oxidative stress by proliferating free radical damage.
  • Sun exposure is a major factor. The sun’s UV rays damage elastic fibers in the skin, making it sag, stretch, and lose its elasticity. Loss of elastin may not manifest immediately after sun damage, but later in life, it will cause the skin to bruise easily and be slower to heal.

To combat the signs of aging, talk to your dermatologist about the best skincare treatments for you. If you’re looking for a dermatologist, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional hair and skin care in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. Call (801) 682-4715 or contact us through our website.