Several internal and external factors are responsible for skin aging and overtime, these elements rob your skin of its natural, youthful glow. Exposure to chemicals, oils and other materials can cause skin tissues to break down gradually. Sun spots or skin discoloration may appear as you get older. The main factors that cause the skin to age are:
- Environmental changes: Physical factors like harsh climate and humid, high temperature can change our skin as we age. Cold weather can cause loss of moisture, dry patches, irritation, and flaky skin. Climate change cannot change our natural skin type, but does play a role in how our skin adapts or ages over time.
- Hormones: At different levels of your life, hormonal fluctuations can affect your skin. Estrogen levels decrease with aging and the skin becomes drier and less elastic, and more prone to wrinkles.
- Medications: Prolonged intake of certain medications can cause the skin to become dry or sensitive.
- Diet: The health and sensitivity of your skin can get affected due to certain factors such as an imbalanced diet, not drinking enough water, vitamin deficiency, and consuming alcohol or caffeine.
- Lifestyle: High stress, lack of proper sleep and exercise, and smoking can cause skin to age faster.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner and its texture becomes rough and dry. We cannot put a full stop to the effects of aging on the skin. But, taking certain preventive measures can promote skin repair the skin and slow down the aging process:
- Always wear sunscreen in all parts of the body that are exposed to sunlight to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays from which can damage its elasticity and cause wrinkles.
- A balanced diet can give you clear, healthy skin. Increase the intake of natural nutrients, proteins, fiber and anti-oxidants. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and avoid sugary and junk foods.
- Exercise can keep your body healthy and vibrant and nourish the skin cells.
- Remove makeup before you go to bed because your skin too needs some rest.
- Moisturize your skin daily, especially when you are exposed to too much of heat or cold.
- Get the required amount of sleep as your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
Taking these measures can keep you healthy and keep your skin looking young and vibrant.