Why does skin age so visibly?
Skin aging is a natural and continuous process and our biological clock marks its time on our skin. How fast the signs will show is essentially dependent on our genetic factors or what doctors refer to as an internal or intrinsic factors, which we have no control over, as well as on external or extrinsic factors, mainly because of sun damage. It begins in our mid 20’s. Within the skin, collagen production slows and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has a bit less spring. There is loss of volume owing to changes of fat and lipids which comprise the structure of the skin. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly and the turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly, this creates the appearance of a dry, less radiant complexion as compared to our youth. But the visible signs of ageing may take some years to show. What we can cope with are the external or extrinsic factors. Sun damage owing to too much exposure to the sun’s UV radiation is the number one ca