As you age, your skin begins to suffer from gradual and natural wear-and-tear of your life. Just like other parts of our bodies, our skin can begin to breakdown. Our joints, our memory, our ability to function as well as we were able to in our 20s begins to fade. What you need to understand about your skin is that there are natural aging elements of your skin and elements that you can prevent.

Below the top layer of our skin is a layer of collagen and elastin, which keeps the skin nice and firm. As the skin is stretched, this helps return the skin to its natural position. However, as we age, those fibers begin to weaken causing skin to sag and loosen as support for our bodies. With that, the skin on our bodies will begin to thin as it loses fat and will become rough. As we grown up from children to adults we have smooth skin, but the older we get the more rough it will become. Then as we grow older into adulthood our skin will weaken even more and begin to droop a bit under our arms. Gravity is not always good to us. Depending on your genetic makeup, the outlook of your skin can be better or worse. Look to your parents for an idea of what your skin may look like.

Now remember, even though aging skin is not preventable, damaged skin is preventable. One of the things that affects your skin in the long-term more than anything else is the sun. Sun damage penetrates your skin and damages the elastic fibers that keeps your skin nice and firm. Staying in the sun too longer or not being cognizant of wearing sunscreen can also lead to sunspots or liver spots. The spots pop up on your face, hands, back and other parts of your body that are not protected. These are typically tan, brown or black, but more often than not are harmless. Wrinkles are another significant factor due to sun exposure. The best thing you can do to prevent both of these from happening is to start using sun screen now. Do not sun bath because you want to get a tan. As much as tan looks great, exposing yourself to the sun like this will have a significant impact on your body later in life. It simply is not worth it. Wear hats, wear sunscreen, wear lip balm, and avoid the sun when it is at its strongest. It is also worth mentioning that wrinkles can be hereditary, so again, look to your parents because you may have natural aging that involves wrinkles.

There are a few other factors that can increase your chances of skin damage. Wrinkles can occur sooner if you are a smoker. Especially in your face and around your lips. You will get the so called “smoker’s face”. Smoking causes decreased blood flow in the face, which is the likely culprit for the extra wrinkles. Smokers also tend to have more wrinkles around their eyes as well, with droopy eye lids. This could be caused by the daily smoke.

Alcohol consumption could lead to depravation of nutrients to your skin which could also cause premature wrinkling or excess wrinkling. As well as poor diet and nutrition. Junk food and poor hygiene can have a serious effect on your skin. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, B, C and E are important to your skin. These vitamins are obtained by eating the proper amounts of fruits and vegetable every day. The better you take care of yourself, the better your body will hold up long-term.

Do what you can now to prevent aging, because you do not know what kind of genes have been passed down to you. The best thing you can do is to protect the skin that you have. There are also many anti-aging skin care products available as well that can help you prevent further damage.

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