Your skin is at the mercy of many forces as we age: sun, harsh weather, and bad habits.
One of the major ways skin ages is through a loss of collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance that helps keep skin looking plump, lifted and line-free.
While collagen loss occurs naturally as we age, an even greater amount is lost through environment
al assaults, particularly sun exposure and pollution.
Exposure to sunlight is the single biggest culprit in aging skin. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch and lose its ability to snap back after stretching.
Aging of the skin also depends on a variety of factors like your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits. For instance, smoking can produce free radicals-once healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage cells, leading to among many things, premature wrinkles. Continue reading