Aging skin is a problem everyone deals with at one point or another. Though we haven't figured out how to totally stop time just yet, there are things you can do to help slow the effects of aging on the skin. Thankfully, Dr. Anthony Youn's new book, The Age Fix, is here to talk about four of the biggest skin offenders and how to avoid each and every one of them.
Why does aging change your skin, and why, oh why, can’t it just stay the same as it was when you were young, before you ever had a pimple, before you were exposed to pollution or thought tanning was a great idea?
The reason is that life quite literally happens to you, and your skin is the primary barrier between you and the world. It is your shield, and it gets battered by time and life experience. Women typically begin to show the first signs of aging in their mid-twenties, while men begin to show the first signs about five years later, only because they have thicker skin. Their shields are a bit thicker, but aging happens to all of us eventually.
Aging happens due to two different kinds of influences: intrinsic and extrinsic. You can’t do much about intrinsic aging. It is caused by your genetics, such as a propensity to stay looking younger longer or to get wrinkles at a younger age. Intrinsic aging is also caused by your ethnicity. Different ethnic skin types withstand aging better or worse than others.
Intrinsic aging can also be caused by certain disease conditions, which can prematurely age your skin. You can’t change your genetics, your ethnicity, or arguably your disease state. However, you can definitely do something about extrinsic aging.
Extrinsic aging is caused by factors that you can control. Fortunately, extrinsic aging is a major part of aging, so while you can’t turn the clock back forever, you can definitely slow it down pretty significantly.
There are four major factors that cause extrinsic aging: