Why does the skin age?

The Problem: Aging Skin

It’s a simple question.  Why does the skin age?  Are the fine lines and wrinkles of old age entirely unavoidable?  Or is there something I can do about it?  Cosmedica Skincare is here to break down the issue of aging skin and how you can deal with it most effectively.  

Cause #1: Intrinsic Aging

The first type of aging is called intrinsic aging.  It’s built into your DNA, and there’s nothing you can do reverse it at the source.  At some point in your twenties, your body chemistry changes, and collagen and elastin, which form the structural basis of your skin and give it elasticity, begin to break down.  As these two fibers deteriorate, the skin no longer returns to its former shape, leading to sagging skin, the formation of wrinkles, and increasingly visible expression lines.

Cause #2: Extrinsic Aging

The second type of aging is called extrinsic aging.  Extrinsic aging takes place due to environmental factors that damage the skin and increase the rate of intrinsic aging.  Including environmental factors such as the sun’s harmful rays or cigarette smoke, extrinsic factors further damage skin cells, making them less efficient at regenerating and less able to produce collagen and elastin.  

The Problem: Collagen, Elastin, and Less Efficient Skin Cells

Intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging combine to destroy collagen and elastin while damaging skin cells.  With less elasticity to hold the skin where it should be and skin cells less able to make up for the damage, the appearance of the skin deteriorates.  

The Results: Age Signs

We’ve all seen them!  With decreased elasticity and reduced cell-regeneration, the skin starts to break down.  If you’ve ever blown a balloon all the way up and let the air out, you’ve seen the way this looks; only this time it’s happening in your skin.  Fine lines and wrinkles develop, the skin sags, and expression lines become more evident.  

The Solution: Increased Skin Cell Activity

Healthy skin is more active skin, meaning if your skin is healthy, your skin cells are producing more collagen and elastin to combat the signs of aging and slow the aging process. Cosmedica Skincare provides a line of products that stimulates this type of cell activity for visible anti-aging benefits.