As legendary American musician Steve Miller once famously said, time keeps on slipping into the future. Like sands through the hourglass, each day slips by, bringing change whether we like it or not.
Unless you’re allergic to mirrors, you see yourself every day. That’s why you might not notice the tiny changes in your skin as you age. Then one day you wake up and BAM! You go to shave and you think you’re staring at your grandpa over the bathroom sink.
Today, we’re going to talk about how you can prevent aging skin, starting with the aging process itself. We’ll also see if we can reverse and fix aging skin.
What Is The Main Cause Of Aging Skin?
Time, duh. Article over.
Just kidding of course! There are lots of factors that go into making skin change as we age - genetics, lifestyle, stress, and diet. The number one factor in aging skin, though, is the sun.
Sun damage, also known as photoaging, happens gradually over time. The sun’s UV rays cause damage to a fiber in the skin called elastin. Elastin sounds like elastic, which makes sense because it’s what gives your skin the ability to snap back. When elastin breaks down, skin sags and doesn’t snap back into place when stretched.
Smoking is another cause of rapidly aging skin. Smoking causes skin cells to be exposed to free radicals, which damage the cells and cause wrinkles. Exposure to pollution can also do this to the skin, but smoking is like polluting your face on a daily basis. Just quit already!
As you age, the layer of fat between your skin and your muscles naturally thins. The decrease of this subcutaneous support system contributes to sagging and also can lead to that hollow aged look we all know and dread.
What Are The First Signs Of Aging Skin?
You don’t turn into a leathery gorgon overnight, mate. Aging happens gradually over time. You’ll start to notice fine lines before major wrinkles pop up. And don’t forget that increasing sag and hollowness we referenced before.
Skin also becomes drier and rougher with age. That’s due in part to the sebaceous glands producing less oil and the sweat glands producing less sweat.
Using an all-natural face moisturizer early and often can definitely help keep things softer and smoother.
Skin gets thinner, more translucent, and more fragile as well. It seems to be the case for most cells as you age - blood vessels get more fragile, too. This not-so-fun combination can lead to more bruising and bleeding under the skin (senile purpura).
It can also lead to cherry angiomas, those little red blobs that covered your Great Uncle Stu’s chest and terrified the neighborhood kids when he took off his shirt to mow the lawn.
Aging skin is like a farm for weird growths. Skin tags, lesions, neoplasms, and seborrheic keratoses are all types of bumps and crusts that pop up on older skin like pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.
But maybe the skin issue most associated with aging skin is age spots. Also known as liver spots, age spots are like big flat irregularly-shaped freckles that appear on the hands and face. They are the result of sun damage and appear earlier or later in life depending on your level of sun exposure.
What Products Help Stop Aging Skin?
Sunscreen is at the top of the list to help prevent premature aging in skin. Makes sense considering that the sun is the main thing pressing fast forward on your skin’s age, right?
Lips can age, too. Lips get dry and exposed to the sun just like the rest of your face. You can even get age spots on your lips! That’s why it’s important to keep lips moisturized with a good organic natural lip moisturizer. Ours contains vitamin E, an anti-aging superhero that protects skin from damage caused by free radicals.
We talked about moisturizers before, but you might also want to consider a serum. A vitamin C face serum works to protect skin from the ravages of aging by protecting your skin from pollution damage.
Can I Stop Aging Skin Naturally?
Scientists and Cher agree - you can’t turn back time. You can, however, slow down the damage it does to your skin!
Make some lifestyle changes, mate! We already told you to use sunscreen, moisturize and stop smoking, but you might want to cut back on the booze as well. Alcohol is very dehydrating, and dehydration accelerates the aging process.
Exercise can improve circulation, which is great for skin, so get that body moving! And drink lots of water while you’re at it.
Best Natural Ingredients For Anti-Aging Products
There’s nothing artificial about you, so why would you want to go with artificial ingredients? There are plenty of natural anti-aging products for men out there chock full of wonderful natural ingredients.
One of the best natural ingredients to slow down aging that you may have never heard of before is Argireline - a plant-based peptide and anti-wrinkle agent applied directly to your skin.
Argireline prevents wrinkles from forming by stimulating collagen production and inhibiting muscle contractions. It also helps skin retain its natural moisture, reducing the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re dying to give it a try, we have a lovely wrinkle smoother serum with Argireline.
Now that you know about all the weird things skin can do as you age, you probably want to make sure you are well armed against the process.For an instant anti-aging skincare regimen, our Age Defender Kit contains the wrinkle smoother serum, the vitamin C serum, and an iZone serum designed to keep the eye area looking fresh and youthful (it can also be helpful with age spots). Seems you’re all sorted out then!