7 Factors That Contribute To Aging Skin and How To Slow Down The Process Naturally
We’ve all fallen for products promising to “erase years of damage” overnight or to “instantly brighten your complexion.” Maybe you really did see immediate results, but as time went on can you honestly say that you noticed an overall improvement in the appearance of your skin? The problem with conventional products (the kind you find at big name stores) is that they are packaged so beautifully and marketed so well that you just can’t help but fall for their desirable claims!
So what’s the problem you ask?
Conventional products are usually (unless the label states differently) loaded with synthetic preservatives and filler ingredients that dilute the product, meaning their active ingredients are so watered down, they no longer provide the skin with any real benefit. Not to mention, synthetic ingredients can affect your health and put you at risk for allergic reactions.
It’s easy to panic, as you start to see the signs of aging making their mark, and grab the first product assuring you that it is “the anti-aging wonder” of the moment. But is it worth spending your dollars on a product that is simply going to assuage your panic rather than provide actual, visible results?
At the end of the day, there are multiple factors that contribute to aging skin, and applying the latest “trending” products will make no difference if you aren’t tending to the other things that may be affecting your skin.
Keep reading to learn more about the obvious, and possibly surprising factors and effects of aging on the skin, as well as natural ways to correct them.
7 Factors That Age Your Skin
1.) Environmental Stressors
The sun is the obvious one here, with UV rays being the skin’s worst enemy when it comes to aging. Unprotected sun exposure not only increases your risk of skin cancer, it breaks down collagen in the skin contributing to saggy skin and fine lines and wrinkles. It also contributes to sun spots and hyperpigmentation, which is easier to prevent than treat.
The thing about skin damage from the sun though, is that damage only shows up in the skin years later. This means when you’re young and your skin is still clear and youthful you may skimp on the sunscreen because you simply don’t see any issues yet. The word to keep in mind here is “yet.” That damage will show up as time goes on and then you’ll be seriously regretting not having taken better steps towards protecting your precious skin.
You may be surprised to learn that the sun is not the only environmental factor that contributes to aging skin. Pollution in the air can expose your skin to free radicals that break down structural proteins and contribute to lines and wrinkles. Even wind can dry your skin out and put your skin at risk for accelerated aging!
What’s The Solution?
Protect your skin now by applying an SPF of at least 30 or higher every time you step foot outdoors, even when you aren’t sunbathing. We also cannot say enough wonderful things about antioxidants, one of our favorites being Vitamin C, also known as the “Beauty Vitamin.” Apply our Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum under your sunscreen for free radical and UV protection.
2.) Daily Facial Movements
Unless you have a face full of botox, it’s inevitable that your face is going to “move” every day.
Your face expresses your daily emotions and over time your most prominent emotions will manifest as that annoying frown line between the eyes or those laugh lines that give your face beautiful character. Even forgetting the sunglasses and squinting your way through traffic, or sleeping with your face squished against your pillows can all contribute to lines and wrinkles.
While you are human and this is life after all, we have yet to meet a woman who laughs in glee at the emergence of a new wrinkle!
What’s The Solution?
The solution here is not to keep your expression as impassive as you can throughout the day!
Instead, to prevent aging in different parts of your face, try a regular facial massage to boost circulation, and to promote the formation of collagen to ensure your skin stays plump and firm. A regular massage will also bring blood closer to the surface of your skin and your skin will take on a luminous, beautiful glow.
Here’s a few more ways you can boost circulation naturally in your skin.
To avoid squinting, keep an extra pair of sunglasses in your purse or handbag and try and become more aware of your expressions throughout the day, especially when you are frowning.
Face yoga, as well as a regular yoga or meditation practice, is a wonderful way to become more mindful of when you are tensing your facial muscles. Over time your face will become more relaxed and it will show in a more youthful complexion!
To avoid “sleep wrinkles” that can become permanent over time, try sleeping on your back and ensure your skin is well hydrated at night. Using products that can boost collagen while you sleep is also a surefire way to keep your skin radiant and youthful. Our Anti-aging collection is just what you need!
3.) Harsh Cleansers
You may love the squeaky clean feel of an intense cleanser, but your skin? Not so much! Many cleansers contain harsh ingredients such as sulfates to provide that creamy, foamy lather that may feel lovely in the moment, but will strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it parched and at risk for aging. When you clean away the dirt and grime of the day, you want a product that will get the job done, but won’t affect the skin’s delicate moisture barrier.
What’s The Solution?
If you really want to know how to keep your skin healthy through the ages, the first step is to reassess your current skincare regime and get rid of all unnatural products that may be doing more harm than good. We adore oil cleansers here at Kate Ryan, because they work by melting away makeup and debris while feeding the skin brightening and antiaging antioxidants, as well as ensuring the skin stays perfectly balanced and hydrated.
For a deeper clean, skip the chemically laden conventional acne products that sap the skin’s moisture, and try our Salicylic cleanser instead. This cleanser sinks deep into the pores to provide a thorough exfoliation, yet it also contains anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to keep the skin supple, youthful, balanced and with the perfect balance of moisture.
4.) Sleeping With Your Makeup On
Ladies, if this one has you hanging your head in shame, then lift it back up and keep reading because you aren’t alone!
We have all been there. After a long day, or a fun night out, you can hardly muster the energy to get undressed, let alone still remove your makeup! Unfortunately though, making this a habit can seriously impact your skin, and not in a good way, sorry ladies!
Sleeping with your makeup on can dry your skin out and expose it to free radicals, which are the skin’s enemy when it comes to aging. It can also clog your pores resulting in breakouts you thought were a thing of the past, as well as put you at risk for eye infections and skin irritation.
What’s The Solution?
The only real solution here is to get in a habit of always removing your makeup before bed.
However, if you do find yourself home late and too tired for your whole skin routine, then at least try using our oil cleanser and a warm washcloth to remove your makeup before hitting the sheets. Be sure to follow up with your serums and lotion the next morning.
5.) Not Sticking To A Routine
Many of us expect overnight results with a new product and when this doesn’t happen, we stop using the product and therefore, fall out of a daily skincare routine. If you do see overnight results with a so called “miracle product” then you should proceed with caution.
Many conventional mainstream skincare brands contain concerning ingredients such as Nanoparticles and other penetration enhancers to break down the skin’s barrier and deliver results faster. The problem with this is that even though you may see instant results, over time your skin will start to look dull and aged as a result of constant exposure to unnatural and harmful ingredients that provide no real benefit to the skin.
These ingredients are also incredibly dangerous for your health. Because they are able to penetrate the skin so quickly, they will eventually end up in the bloodstream where they can cause irreparable damage and put you at risk for an array of health conditions and even disease!
What’s The Solution?
Preventing the signs of aging takes time and patience, but with the help of all natural skincare products and enough time, the results are well worth it! We sing the praises of antioxidants, here at Kate Ryan, and powerful anti-aging actives that will help to renew and regenerate the skin for beautiful youthful radiance. Since a skin cycle takes about 30 days, you should start to see smoother skin and a brighter complexion within a month of using our products. Collagen and elastin though, take up to 4 months to regenerate so it’s important to really stick with a good twice a day routine to give your skin the time it needs regenerate. Once you start to see those powerful results, you won’t need further motivation to continue!
6.) Poor Lifestyle Choices
We cannot say it enough: Using the right products is not enough to keep your skin youthful, but rather one of the many important factors in the fight against aging. If you get little sleep night after night, find yourself under constant stress, eat an unhealthy diet, smoke or drink very little water then the effects are bound to show up in your complexion. In fact, many skincare issues can be traced back to the foods you eat, and by simply changing your diet and drinking more water, all the other issues will start to resolve themselves as well.
What’s The Solution?
By filling your body with whole, natural and antioxidant rich foods, you place less strain on the nervous system so you will feel calmer and sleep better at night. Drinking enough water will ensure your skin cells stay hydrated from the inside out and by ditching the caffeine and cigarettes you remove harmful free radicals that contribute to dehydrated skin and fine lines and wrinkles.
A regular exercise routine will help you to sweat toxins out through your skin and will boost blood circulation to give your skin a beautiful glow as well as promote the formation of collagen to ensure your skin stays plump and youthful.
7.) Intrinsic Aging
Unlike extrinsic aging, which is a direct result of environmental and lifestyle factors, intrinsic aging is chronological or genetic aging. Extrinsic aging makes up about 90% of the aging process and starts to manifest around age 30 and can be controlled by good lifestyle habits, whereas intrinsic aging is about 10% of the aging process and shows up around 60 years of age.
Intrinsic aging is natural aging that occurs as we get older. As we age we naturally lose collagen and elastin as our epidermis thins and our dermis and bones shrink, which can lead to sagging skin. We lose fat on our face and age spots (pigmented spots may appear).
What’s The Solution?
While you certainly can’t turn back the hands of time, you can reverse the signs of aging by simply using the right products and making it a daily part of your routine. Our Skin Renewal Collection is a fabulous place to start!
At the end of the day, it’s important to realize that it’s not about “how to fix aging skin” or the latest “miracle product” claim on the market, but rather about treating your skin to real ingredients right now before any damage is visible. This means that when your skin starts to naturally lose collagen, you will age beautifully and gracefully from years of properly taking care of your skin.
Even if you have a mature skin with some signs of damage, you should know that the skin is “renewable,” but you need to be using products that feed your skin with nutrition from the inside out.
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Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.