Anyone who has skin has aging
That may sound like a no-brainer, but it is important
to note that everyone’s skin is constantly aging.
During the early years of life, we don’t tend too spend
much time worrying about our skin becoming saggy or
wrinkly, because it is not relevant to us at that time.
Yet, as the years go on, we start to become more and
more aware of our aging skin and ways to counteract
the aging process.
Aging skin is inevitable..
It is part of the body’s natural development.
As we get older, our bodies do not generate
as many skin cells as it used to. The amount
collagen (what makes the skin firm) and
elastin (what gives the skin its elasticity) in
the skin start to decrease as well.
Although we cannot control
the body’s internal aging clock,
we can monitor some of the
external factors that affect the
way and rate at which our skin
How the sun ages skin
Sun exposure is large part of the skin’s aging process. So
much so, that there is a term to describe its effect. That term is
photoaging. It refers to the damages done to the skin by UV
rays, and how those damages expedite the natural process of skin
aging. Photoaging is collective, meaning the affects come from
years of sun exposure and improper protection. Wrinkles, leathery
skin, sunspots, and drooping skin are all products of photoaging.
To lessen the amount of sun damage to the skin, remember that
African American skin is not exempt from wearing sunscreen.
How smoking ages the skin
Smoking leaves lasting effects on the skin in many ways.
Many of the chemicals in tobacco are detrimental to the
production of collagen and elastin. As a result, those who smoke
begin experiencing deep wrinkles and drooping skin much earlier
than those who do not. Smoking can also create an uneven
complexion, which is exactly what we want to avoid in Black skin
care. The chronic lack of oxygen and nutrients takes a toll on the
skin, and often causes a pale and splotchy skin tone.
My facial expressions age me?
Because mature skin lacks
elasticity, repetitive and exaggerated facial
expressions can cause wrinkles and fine lines. The
skin does not snap back into place as easily, and
over time we can see traces of those facial
expressions. Most often these lines appear on the
forehead, around the eyes and near the mouth
How alcohol ages the skin
Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates the
body, which can be problematic for all organs
including skin. When the skin is dehydrated, lines and
wrinkles become more visibly apparent and
irreversible. Alcohol also increases blood flow to the
face, which can cause an uneven complexion. Again,
an uneven skin tone is something that African
American skin care tries avoid.
Try these tips for yourself and
see the difference in your