We all want to look as young as possible. It’s no surprise that anti-aging is such a hot topic. We want to know why our skin ages, and we want to know how to stop it.
Q: Is aging skin inevitable?
A: Your skin will start to age very gradually during your mid-twenties. In most cases, the effects won’t become visible until you reach your early 30s.
Q: Is aging skin preventable?
A: Although no one has discovered a fool-proof way to prevent aging, there are measures you can take now to slow down the aging process and minimize the effects of aging as much as possible.
Q: What’s all the fuss about sun damage?
A: The sun emits UVA and UVB radiation every day. UV rays damage the skin, limit its ability to repair itself and cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. Most of what we consider aging skin is actually just sun damaged skin.
Q: What is sun damage?
A: Besides causing sunburn and damaging the deeper layers of the skin, UVA and UVB rays can also cause brown spots, moles, skin cancers, red blotches and brown patches. The tan that sun worshipers work so hard to achieve is actually just an indication that sun damage has occurred.
Q: What causes sun damage?
A: The sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin, targeting collagen and elastin fibers beneath the skin’s surface. These fibers keep skin smooth, firm, young and supple. When the fibers are damaged, your skin loses the ability to hold itself firmly in place and wrinkles begin to develop.
Q: What are free radicals?
A: When skin is exposed to UV radiation, the body produces substances called free radicals. Free radicals damage skin cells and further limit the skin’s ability to heal itself and remain smooth. The more sun exposure your skin experiences over a lifetime, the more serious your sun damage will be.
Q: How can I prevent sun damage?
A: Avoid sunbathing and tanning salons. Stay in the shade. If you must be in the sun, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a hat with a wide brim. UVA radiation can damage your skin even through windows and on overcast days. The best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to apply an anti-aging cream every night and a high SPF sunscreen every morning.
Q: How can I avoid premature aging of the skin?
A: Although the natural aging process may be inevitable, premature aging is almost always preventable. The earlier you implement a healthy skincare regimen and practice it faithfully, the more help your skin will have to repair itself and the easier it will be to maintain a youthful appearance.
Q: When is the best time to implement an anti-aging skincare regimen?
A: The sooner you implement an anti-aging program to protect and nourish your skin, the more your skin will benefit as a result. The easiest way to avoid premature aging is to stay out of the sun and use an anti-aging cream every day.