The process of skin aging is a natural occurrence that everyone experiences as life goes by. As we age, our skin undergoes a variety of changes, both from internal and external influences that result in the not so flattering visible signs of aging. These signs most certainly include wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, age spots and a loss of firmness and elasticity.
While aging is completely normal and cannot be entirely prevented, there is some useful advice we can follow to slow down its unwelcome effects and maintain a youthful appearance. Nowadays, there are proven tools and best practices that science has confirmed can prevent and delay aging. These can include adopting an adequate skincare routine with the right and efficient anti-aging actives, that focuses on moisturizing, protecting against sun damage, providing antioxidant care and promoting collagen production - four of the most important things to maintain a timeless look.
Let's dive a bit deeper into understanding the secrets of skin aging:
The skin aging process engages from the moment we are born. Aging signs don't typically show in our early years but after the age of 20 we have to be mindful in the way we treat our skin.
Aging is almost entirely connected to the health of our DNA and the quality of communication between the cells. If something compromises the cell replication, its renewing power decreases and it affects the look of our skin. With age the natural repairing and multiplying activity of the cell worsens and this is when we start to observe the first aging signs.
Additionally, one of the primary causes of skin aging is the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. These fibers are responsible for maintaining the skin's structure and resilience. As we age, their production slows down, leading primarily to the formation of wrinkles and loss of firmness, tautness and radiance.
Here's how our skin ages from our wild 20`s to our glorious 50`s and beyond:
Starting in our 20s, unhealthy lifestyle choices, environmental pollutants, oxidative stress and unprotected exposure to UV rays, begin to weaken the structural integrity of our skin. Our cell defenses are decreasing against free radicals and the skin's ability to defend itself against skin damage diminishes. This imminently affects the natural process of cell renewal and turnover slows down, leading to a loss of hydration, plumpness and skin radiance.
Throughout the 30s, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid take a toll in their synthesis. Responsible for the skin's firmness, elasticity and hydration levels, their quantity in the skin declines, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and sagging of the face contour. At this point, cell turnover continues to degrade, creating a duller complexion with uneven skin tone. These conditions can make some of the cells inactive or in a “zombie” state, meaning they promote inflammatory toxins that damage the skin and accelerate the aging processes.
In our 40s, the most crucial event is the weakened strength of the protective barrier lipids, making the skin thinner and prone to wrinkle formation and inflammation. Dehydration becomes an issue, as the skin struggles to hold on and lock in moisture. The hormonal fluctuations may lead to uneven tone, adult acne, enlarged pores, bumpy texture or pigmentation. All these changes in the skin may be overwhelming in our 40`s, but this is when you need to take action on preventing the appearance of the most prominent aging signs.
The most common concern in our 50's and beyond is loose skin and deep wrinkles. Affected by the severe drop of collagen at this age, the skin easily forms many types of wrinkles around the eyes, lips and along the jawline. The facial structure is also impacted as the fat pads in the face move lower, creating visible volume loss and U-shaped contour, instead of the youthful V-shape. Discoloration, visible veins, age spots and pale complexion are distinctive after the age of 50 and tend to deteriorate further. Dry skin, enlarged pores and increased redness increase as the estrogen in the body depletes.
Critical skin-harming factors such as unprotected and prolonged exposure to UV sun rays, environmental pollutants, smoking, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, stress and sleep deprivation promote aging and accelerate the appearance of multiple aging signs. These factors cause oxidative stress to the cells, leading to development of cell damage, epidermal skin thinning, pigmentation, insufficient blood supply to the skin and overall dull and pale complexion.
Here is a list of the most common aging signs, starting with those which first appear on the skin:
Fine lines are the first to show on the skin as they form on the areas of the face where there are mimics - around the eyes and the nasolabial fold. In some cases they can be erased with proper hydrating and nourishing skincare, but predominantly they are a sign of the aging of the skin.
Due to slowed cell turnover, decreased sebum production and lower collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis the skin starts to look dry, dull and without radiance. These declining processes weaken the skin's barrier strength, preventing the skin to maintain optimal hydration levels and suppleness.
Hyperpigmentation appears from different causes: sun or age spots - from too much sun exposure, dark spots - from acne or other skin inflammations; and melasma, due to hormonal imbalances or medical conditions. Nevertheless, all pigmentation is a result of abnormal melanin production of the cell caused by oxidative stress.
Wrinkles are the most recognisable aging sign. They form due to a multitude of skin problems - low moisture levels, extensive cell damage, poor collagen and elastin secretion or expressive face mimicry. The more pronounced and prominent wrinkles appear on the forehead, around the eyes, and lips in our 30s and 40. Later in life deeper crepey wrinkles shape on the cheeks, neck and decollete.
The loss of elasticity in the skin happens as the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid degrade. It usually starts around late 30s or 40s, but external factors like smoking, sun exposure, repetitive facial movements speed the sagging process. Sagginess mostly develops around the facial contour, neck and decollete.
Loss of facial volume is mainly caused by decreased levels of fat cells brought on by disrupted hormone production, particularly estrogen. The area beneath our eyes becomes hollow, and our youthful, chubby cheeks flatten, the face contour becomes droopy and the neck suffers laxity.
Thin skin is also a consequence of low collagen and sebum production and it's a prominent feature in older individuals. It is characterized with crepey wrinkles, visible blood vessels and dryness. On the other hand, with age, the skin may become thicker, with enlarged pores and a bumpy texture, due to declined cell turnover and low renewing power.
These two are not necessarily signs of aging, but in some cases inflammation and redness, such as adult acne or rosacea appear when the skin's barrier is thinner or there`s hormonal changes occurring.
Despite how young we may feel, time changes to our skin are inevitable. Usually, the process takes longer than we would like. Fortunately, there is a treatment for every aging sign on our skin that lessens or delays it.
Understanding the process of skin aging is crucial to effectively address and manage its effects. By taking care of our skin through a consistent skincare routine and incorporating the right anti-aging ingredients, we can delay the aging processes and promote a healthier and more youthful-looking complexion.
Here's a comprehensive list of skincare ingredient that work wonders in turning back the clock:
The skin needs to receive optimal hydration in order to look its best and delay the first aging signs. Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate skin moisturizer as it is naturally contained in the skin. Idrotherapy`s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is perfect for this role. Containing three types of hyaluronic acid with different molecular weights, they penetrate even the deeper skin layers - through the epidermis, dermis and the hypodermis, delivering the necessary moisture to relieve any dryness, plump the skin and support your anti-aging routine.
Niacinamide (or vitamin B3) is another great anti-aging ingredient. The vitamin helps with stimulating collagen production, while significantly refining the skin's texture, including its smoothness. It erases fine lines and improves wrinkle depth. It's an immaculate fit for oily and acne-prone skin because it regulates the sebum secretion and heals any inflammatory processes, while strengthening the skin barrier. Niacinamide is also a great brightener through the regulation of melanosome transfer. It fades away any pigmentation from acne, sun or age spots, returning the radiance of the skin.
The numerous benefits of niacinamide to the skin, inspired us to create our Age-Defying Serum. It has a concentration of 5% Niacinamide, reinforced with the powerful anti-aging peptide Matrixyl and Hyaluronic acid for an optimal anti-aging and skin-repairing treatment.
Peptides are irreplaceable in anti-aging therapies. Different in nature and function, peptides are best at stimulating skin repair and inhibiting any aging signs. As an anti-aging ingredient they fill the fine lines, significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, thicken the skin and reinforce the skin barrier, stop inflammation and prevent breakouts.
Peptides are a centerpiece in Idrotherapy`s skin care line. We`ve implemented the most powerful peptides in our revolutionary Wrinkle Reducer cream, Peptide Wrinkle Repair serum and Age-Defying serum - Matrixyl, Argireline and Renovage.
Matrixyl has scientifically proven to reduce the depth and surface area of the wrinkles with an astounding 68% in three weeks of use. By stimulating collagen synthesis, Matrixyl prevents the forming of new wrinkles, improves skin elasticity and increases hyaluronic acid levels in the skin.
Argireline reduces the severity of expressive lines and dynamic wrinkles, and prevents fine lines from deepening. It works by relaxing facial muscles while allowing the muscle to move without the skin moving with it.
Renovage is a new and innovative synthetic peptide, which is shown in scientific studies to increase skin hydration levels by 83%, strengthen the skin barrier by 58% and repair UV damage and pigmentation by 56% in just 30 days. Renovage works on a metabolic level, supporting cell DNA to repair any structural cell damage and extend the cell's lifespan in order to slow down the aging processes.
Antioxidant care is essential in anti-aging treatments. They are considered the fountain of youth by scientists. Antioxidants enhance the resistance of the skin to free radical damage and prevent premature aging. The best antioxidant vitamins are A, C and E who deliver smoothness, radiance and nourishment to the skin, restoring its glowy and youthful state. Antioxidants fight the formation of wrinkles and pigmentation, even out the skin tone and clear out skin imperfections by boosting collagen and elastin secretion.
Idrotherapy`s A, C and E serum is created with a potent selection of stable antioxidants that stop cell oxidative stress, keep free radical damage from harming and aging your skin and deliver the best cell-repairing assistance. Designed suitable for all skin types, it is the best addition to every anti-aging beauty regimen.
The whole Idrotherapy skincare line is designed to treat and effectively prevent any aging signs. The selection of carefully formulated facial serums and the marvelous anti-aging Wrinkle Reducer cream, containing a revolutionary set of actives, will renew, transform and rejuvenate your skin in just a couple of weeks.
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