Let’s begin with some skin science…
The surface area of your skin is an astounding 16 to 22 square feet! Your skin does so much more than protect your internal frame. It is an organ that regulates body temperature, has receptors for pain, pleasure, tactile sensation, pressure, and also regulates the excretion of metabolic waste.
Healthy skin is important in the social-visual experience and it is one of the first reflections of aging and poor lifestyle choices. The rate at which skin shows age is influenced by several factors. You can appreciate the fact that the way that you care for yourself with good lifestyle habits correlates with how healthy your skin will look and stay youthful.
It has been said that your skin is a” mirror” that reflects the health of the rest of your body.
Critical factors as you age also play a part in your skin’s appearance such as hormonal balance, weight gain, blood sugar balance, and medication use. When combined, these issues can add up to rapidity in skin aging.
In addition, the following is a list of the 6 main factors that sabotage a healthy exterior:
- Genetics – DNA damage caused by UV radiation, environmental toxins or age itself accumulates as aging as skin cells lose their ability to replicate.
- Hormones – A decline in estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA can cause significant changes in the skin. This is particularly true during the menopausal years when estrogen sharply declines causing women to become “thin skinned”.
- Oxidative Stress – Caused by regular exposure to UV radiation air pollution, and smoking!
- Elevated Blood Sugar- diabetes, or high sugar consumption
- Environmental toxins – smoking contributes greatly to premature skin aging causing “smoker’s skin” … a dehydrated, dull, frail, uneven tone with increased lines and wrinkles (especially around the mouth)
UV Radiation – excessive sun causes photo aging.
So as you can see, the outward beauty of your skin is MORE than skin deep!
More to come…. Dr. Janet