Sometimes I can hardly believe that my skin is already aged. My Asian skin still looks quite young. I have hardly any wrinkles or sagging.
So when my skin is categorized under aging skin types, I’m slightly offended. I’ve heard that you get aging skin from the age of 25… I think that’s a very young age to speak of aging skin, but that’s my personal opinion.
But aging skin hasn’t only to do with aging, but also with external factors. And if I go down that list, I definitely have an aging skin! How’s that for you?
What is aging skin?
So its true, from the age of 25 you get aging skin. From that age your skin starts to age slowly. The fine lines around your eyes become more and more visible. Cell activity also decreases. Your skin becomes less elastic and pigment spots can arise.
Skin aging is caused by natural factors and external factors.
- Slower cell renewal and the production of collagen decreases. This leads to skin sagging and it becomes less even.
- Hormone changes, such as menopause.
- Hereditary factors.
- UV radiation. This is the most harmful factor when it comes to skin aging!
- Stress. Stress produces the hormone cortisol. This hormone causes the production of collagen to decrease.
- Smoking. Nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow. This hinders the supply of oxygen, nutrients and vitamins to your skin.
- Alcohol. Your body dries out when drinking alcohol. This decreases collagen. Your skin feels drier and you get wrinkles faster.
The characteristics of aging skin
This is how you recognize if you have aging skin:
How do you prevent skin aging?
Of course you want to keep your skin tight and firm as possible. In these ways you prevent skin aging:
1. Use a sunscreen every day
A sunscreen prevents skin aging. That’s why it’s important to rub your skin with it everyday.
2. Eat and drink healthy
Make sure you get enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vegetables, fruits, proteins and unsaturated fats are great for your skin.
Also drink plenty of water. This moistures your skin and makes it feel less dry.
3. Get enough sleep
Just like stress, a lack of sleep causes an increase in the hormone cortisol. This hormone has a negative effect on collagen production. So a decent sleep is important!
During your sleep you produce the Human Hormone. This contributes to smooth and firm skin.
4. Cleanse your skin well
It’s important to cleanse your skin twice a day. Air pollution, makeup and sweat contaminate your skin. A good cleansing ensures that your skin care products are well absorbed.
5. Use skin care products that are suitable for aging skin
There are several skin care products that are developed for aging skin. Use products that prevent skin aging, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.