10 Causes Of Premature Skin Aging

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1. It runs in the family

Good bad, bad blood - Genes do dictate how soon your skin ages and at what rate. In fact, scientists studying the link between your genes and aging in general, including skin aging, are trying to find a way to tweak human genes so age-related diseases including wrinkled skin may be averted.

2. Senescence

It is a term used to describe the body's natural aging process, a biological clock, if you may. For your skin, this phase means less efficient production of collagen and much slower process of skin cell turnover.

One potential remedy that may lead to profound and longer term effects is stem cell treatment. Stem cells are unassigned cells. When skin cells die, a stem cell may take its place or, may not.

During surgery, stem cells are physically taken out and then implanted where skin needs help. More radical uses include treatment of diseases.

3. UV exposure

The sun is good for your health - your blood and bone health most especially - but only very little of it is required. UV rays cause your skin damage on 2 levels: surface and deep, that is, down to the cellular level where the damage is likely to be irreversible.

While sunscreen is a good preventive measure, no amount of sunscreen can give you absolute 100% protection from UV. So, stay in the shade whenever you can help it.

4. Free radicals

Free radicals damage otherwise healthy cells, including skin cells. A rogue electron in free radicals attempts to combine with electrons in your cells.

When the electron successfully invades your cell, it catalyzes a series of cellular level processes that lead to damage, cell death, or even transform the cell to become a free radical itself.

Boosting antioxidant levels is a key preventive measure. Antioxidants, whether ingested through your diet or applied to your skin, help neutralize free radicals so the electron cannot combine with your cells.

5. Harsh chemicals in skincare products

Irritation, swelling and other manifestations of allergies cause inflammation which, in turn, leads to skin damage and aging. Protect your skin better by becoming a more responsible and smarter consumer. Read the labels and get to know your skin and your products better.

6. Following the wrong skincare routine

Skin at every age needs a suitable skincare regimen. The first component your skin loses are antioxidants. Therefore, towards your 30s, you need to boost your antioxidant levels through serums and creams.

Then your skin begins to lose energy, thin out and become more unable to turnover new skin. That's why aging skin will eventually require peptides, ceramides and retinoids.

7. Smoking & excessive alcohol consumption

Your vices are a major cause of skin aging. If you smoke, the estimated 4,000 chemicals you inhale with every puff are acting on aging and poisoning your body, including your skin.

8. Unmanaged stress

Chronic stress leads to unusually prolonged rise in cortisol levels. As a result, your skin may breakout and become inflamed. With inflammation follows blemishes that can easily grow to become acne. Chronic stress also leads to the production of free radicals by your body and uncontrollable hunger

9. Chronic lack of sufficient sleep

Sleep gives your body the time and space to heal and treat itself. When you're getting less than 7 hours of sleep, your skin is unable to optimize this window of opportunity for repair and rejuvenation.

10. Poor diet and lack of exercise

What you eat is just as important as how you eat food in your diet. Boil and steam your food as much as you can.

Article by Sara Biston of Solvaderm

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