What causes skin aging?

Monday, January 1, 2018 - 7:53am

Skin aging is influenced by several factors, including genetics, environmental exposure, hormonal changes, and metabolic processes. In humans, structual and functional changes attributable to aging and more visibly evident in the skin than in any other organ.


Intrinsic Factors

Intrinsic (internal factors) aging, or your natural aging process, begins appearing in your mid-20's:

  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Inconsistent melanocyte growth, pigment and waste accumulate
  • Collagen and elastin production slow down
  • Bones shrink away from the skin due to bone loss, which causes sagging skin
  • Dry skin that may itch
  • Redness


Extrinsic Factors

Extrinsic (external factors) work together to prematurely age your skin:

  • Sun exposure & Free radical damage
  • Facial expressions
  • Gravity
  • Sleeping positions
  • Smoking, Alcohol, Sugar
  • Blotchy, uneven skin


Lifestyle Choices

Personal daily choices affect skin:

  • Smoking or excessive alcohol
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Lack of exercise
  • Exposure to hot or cold weather
  • Stress
  • Sundamage
  • Quality sleep or lack of sleep


When it comes to discovering how to look younger, an Advanced Skin Analysis consultation with your medical esthetician is indispensable. Your medical esthetician can present you with a multitude of options for reversing the effects of the different types of aging. In fact, if you want to reduce the signs of aging, you don’t need to look any further for an ally. Medical Esthetics by Katie has an arsenal of products and treatments that can be used to achieve younger, youthful looking skin. Don't forget to wear your sunscreen everyday, use your prescribed home care as directed, eat a healthy antioxidant rich diet, take your supplements, protect your skin from the environment and you'll be rewarded with younger skin that doesn't fit your age.






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