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why skin ages, and what you can do about it

It happens to us all: we glimpse at our faces in the mirror or in a photograph and realize that we've aged. Our formerly fine lines have begun to etch deeper grooves, our discoloration has become more pronounced and our once-taut jaw lines have become slack.

 

When did that happen?

 

Skin aging is a gradual process affected by external factors like smoking and spending too much time in the sun, as well as internal factors like genetics. These factors contribute to ROSs, MMPs and AGEs – the three biochemical reactions that manifest wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin tone and other signs we typically associate with aged skin.

 

Amazingly, these signs start to appear as early as our 20s(!), when production of collagen (which keeps skin firm) and elastin (which keeps skin bouncing back), begins to falter. Cell renewal gradually slows, and skin begins to lose its youthful glow and texture.

 

 

Is this all too depressing? It shouldn't be! The good news is, while there is no cure for aging, there are many steps we can take to control the factors that contribute to skin aging. It all starts with choices:

 



Commit to a regular anti-aging skin care routine (it’s never too early!)
 

 

 



Protect your skin with sunscreen
Majority of the structural changes we see in our skin come from UV damage. Application of sunscreen (SPF30 or above daily), such as Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, we can help shield our skin against future signs of premature skin aging.
 

 

 



Eat more fruits and vegetables
Research also shows that this helps prevent inflammation that can lead to skin aging, while a diet high in sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate the skin aging process.
 

 

 



Quit smoking
Cigarette smoke basically assaults your skin with free radicals, robbing it of the oxygen it needs and leaving rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles behind. Choosing to quit can help improve circulation and eventually bring back that healthy glow.

 

With science on our side, we're able to leverage active skin care ingredients that have been shown to impact the biochemical reactions that lead to skin aging. Dermalogica's AGE Smart® system has been formulated to do just that with unique combinations of the industry's top age-fighting peptides, retinoids and antioxidant vitamins. Look for ingredients like microencapsulated Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) to help jump-start your skin care routine, and talk to a Dermalogica skin therapist about how to restore healthy, glowing skin.

 

 

 

 

 

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