There are so many anti aging skin treatments available on the market right now that it’s virtually a minefield out there. Not all of the available products work equally well, so it pays to make sure you at least have enough knowledge to be able to spot a scam when you see one and find an effective anti aging skin treatment right for you.
A good starting point is to know what makes skin age. There are 2 types of processes at work here:
- intrinsic (natural)
- and extrinsic (external)
Very often the process of natural aging already starts while we are still in our 20’s. It does not become evident until we are much older in most cases. Collagen output becomes less. The elasticity of the skin decreases. The body does not replace dead skin cells as fast as it used to. With aging the signals become even more evident: wrinkles that start off small and then grow more pronounced; our cheeks become hollow since there is less fat below the skin, our nails become thinner and brittle, our hair starts to gray. It is at this point that many women turn to an anti aging skin treatment to start to repair what nature has taken away.
External aging is a result of vulnerability to extraneous elements. The most crucial perpetrator here is years of exposure to the sun. The sun starts to breaks down the elasticity of your skin, like a piece of leather. Wrinkles start to form. The reason for this is that the sun suppresses output of collagen and sabotages the elastin in your skin. The final outcome may be skin cancer. Anti aging skin treatment during the younger years may help to prevent some of the damage of growing older.
Other extraneous factors contributing to the way our skin ages include gravitational force (simply drawing things down!), often repeated facial gestures (like frowning or grinning), the position you sleep in with your face, and smoke inhalation.
Anti aging skin treatment is therefore not a one-fits-all solution. If you are a sun lover you will need different treatment than if you lived in Denmark and rarely saw the sun. If you are a diver, you will not have the same problems to face as someone who can’t even swim!
There is a huge variety of over-the-counter products available. All of them promise to solve your problem of aging skin for ever. From exfoliants to scrubs, facial masks to skin lighteners, and blemish removers to skin revitalizers.
It’s hence a sound course of action to make an appointment with a skin specialist to learn which type of treatment your skin calls for. He/she will examine your skin type, talk about your life-style and the consequences of that for your skin, then advise you on which of the numerous brands of anti aging skin treatments on the market would be the most beneficial for you.
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