Aging Skin: Know Thy Enemy
The first thing to do in a fight like this, is to learn a little bit about what we’re fighting. The skin is made up of three different layers. The epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous fat. These layers work together to protect and repair the skin, keeping it healthy for the long term.
The layer we are probably most familiar with is the one we can see and touch. The epidermis. This layer restores itself every 4 to 6 weeks, continually renewing the outer layer of skin keeps it looking fresh, clean, and healthy.
This constant renewal is supported by the dermis. The deeper layer of the skin. The dermis works with fibroblast cells, elastin, collagen, and our circulatory system keep the epidermis happy.
As we age, the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin begins to decline. As young as 25 years old, we start producing less of these restorative skin elements naturally. Also, for reasons both external, and internal, the circulation in our body begins to slow down. Without the right amount of circulation our skin cells do not get the right nutrition for replication.
Without collagen, our skin loses it’s “plumpness”. Without elastin, our skin loses the ability to snap back to its original shape after a stretch. Without circulation, we start to experience more frequent bouts of dry skin, or skin toughness.
What To Do About Aging Skin
The best way to fight aging skin is to keep it healthy. We do this by keeping our diets healthy, getting plenty of rest, and cleaning and moisturizing the skin regularly. Stick to natural products that will not irritate the skin. Plant based creams like the Rostoplasc Daytime Face Cream contain ingredients that support the stimulated production of collagen in the skin.
Aging skin is not a disease, so there is no way to cure it, but when we know what’s happening with our body, we can do what we can to give our skin what it needs.