We all age, we all grow older - whether ageing is embraced or not is up to the individual! But what actually causes the signs of aging to show on our skin?
It’s down to two basics factors - Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Let’s take at look at what that actually means.
This refers to the internal, less controllable factor that encourage ageing, such as biological makeup.
As we grow older, our skin gradually loses its ability to function as it once did. A lot of these functional changes in our skin are genetically pre-determined and the truth is that there is little that can be done to stop them.
However, more recently scientists are beginning to understand the intrinsic factors of aging that can be influenced - our ability to fight off oxidative stressors such as the sun, pollution and free radicals. If we improve our skins ability to defend itself from these factors then we can slow down the signs of aging.
Eating foods that are antioxidant rich (such as fruits and vegetables), taking nutritional supplements and using skincare products which include nutritional and antioxidant ingredients will help to increase your skin's defences against these intrinsic agers.
Extrinsic are the external, more controllable factors that encourage ageing. These are essentially things present in our environment, and reducing exposure to them will slow the signs of aging.
Above all, sun exposure is the number one reason the skin ages. So using sunscreen and being mindful of time spent in the sun will certainly inhibit the signs of ageing. Other environmental factors such as pollution, harsh weather conditions and smoking will also increase the appearance of the signs of ageing.
Through understanding the many different factors contribute towards your skin showing signs of ageing, we can choose to make changes to our lifestyle that can slow down them down.
We've used Aundre Larrow's photograph for this blog post, see more of his work on aundrelarrow.com.