- Sallow skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sagging skin
These are all an inevitable part of the ageing process.
Some of these factors are out of our control, but some we truly can control.
Intrinsic & Extrinsic Ageing
Intrinsic: This is the natural, genetic process our skin goes through as we age.
It is the process that we have little control over.
Extrinsic: These are the factors, that to some degree we can control.
External factors from the environment, such as UVA rays, pollutants, heat and radiation, all adversely affect our skin, augmenting the inherent degradation of our skin’s quality.
Let’s look at these in more detail.
This is the natural continual ageing process, when our cellular and biological processes start to slow down:
- Fibroblasts decrease in the dermis. The tough, fibrous, elastic matrix begins to weaken, causing nearby hydrating molecules to decrease in volume, so there is less water around to keep our collagen and elastin fibres flexible and moist. This drought has a knock on effect, preventing fresh new cells from developing. This is why as we age skin becomes dehydrated; my article the clear skin difference looks at this in more detail
- Collagen depletes and our elastin fibres become less supple, basically our internal scaffolding starts to become shaky and starts to lose its bounce. Think of all the times you smile, frown and yawn, when you do this lines begin to form
- Fat shrinkage occurs beneath the face, contributing to deep furrows and wrinkles that we associate with ageing
- We produce less oil as we age, which normally keeps our skin soft and supple. This is due to the reduction of the activity in the sebaceous and sudoriferous glands
- Hormones change causing skin to become drier, which is why you need to take linoleic acid
- Cellular turnover slows down causing a build-up of dead cells on the skins surface, this is why I recommend my customers regularly use only gentle exfoliating products, as part of their skin care regime
- Skin becomes paler, because the supply of blood vessels starts to diminish as we age. These blood vessels are necessary for transporting nutrients and moisture to the skin and removing cellular waste
As if these anti age factors weren’t enough for our skin to cope with, there are also extrinsic factors that can alter our skins structures.
- Sleep deprivation
- Damaging UV rays
- Poor nutritional in-take
- Central heating and Air conditioning
As an educator, one of the first things I discuss with my students is how damaging environmental factors can be especially the sun.
All of which has the potential to increase oxidation levels in the body, that can further be compounded by dehydration, inflammation and infection.
Follow the link, to learn how to protect yourself from the sun.