What causes the skin to age?

by Lucia Shin June 16, 2014

We see it every time we look in the mirror.  A little wrinkle here, a dark spot there - our skin, along with the rest of us, is aging.  But why?  What causes the skin to sag, wrinkle, and discolor?  More importantly, can we stop it? 

 Scientific research has demonstrated that there are two distinct types of aging for our skin - intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.  Intrinsic aging, also known as the natural aging process, begins in the 20’s and gets progressively faster.  Around the mid-20’s, two main dermatologic functions begin to deteriorate.  First, skin cells begin to produce less collagen and elastin, two fibers that contribute to skin elasticity.  As their levels decrease, the skin begins to sag, and wrinkles form.  Second, the skin’s natural desquamation and regeneration process slows, leading to tired, dull skin with less resilience.  While genetics controls the intrinsic aging process, Cosmedica Skincare offers a number of products that can stimulate skin cell activity and lessen the effects of intrinsic aging.

 Extrinsic aging takes place due to external, environmental elements that harm the skin and lead to signs of aging.  The primary culprit of external aging is the sun, whose ultraviolet rays break the skin down to cause wrinkles, discoloration, and a rough, leathery texture.  Further external age-factors include facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions, smoking and air quality.  Cosmedica Skincare also offers products that prevent external damage from harming the skin and causing the development of age-signs.

 Cosmedica Skincare offers a full line of products aimed to combat the aging process by dealing with the causes of aging head on.  How so?  Here are just a few of the anti-aging benefits of Cosmedica Skincare.

 *  Cosmedica Hyaluronic Acid Serum stimulates skin cell production of collagen and elastin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten the complexion, and prevent the development of further age signs.

Cosmedica Vitamin C Serum increases skin cell regeneration for a fresher, more vibrant complexion that is less susceptible to the aging process.

Cosmedica Prep & Tone protects the skin with antioxidants, which remove damage causing free radicals from the surface of the skin while protecting against environmental factors that break down skin cells.

Cosmedica Multi-Active Night Creme fortifies the skin’s natural defenses against environmental age-factors to prevent the damage that leads to aging.


While aging is inevitable, there is something you can do about it.  Try Cosmedica Skincare today for younger-looking, well-protected skin that looks radiant and feels amazing.

Lucia Shin
Lucia Shin