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Friday, April 25, 2008

Aging, How To Fight Against It?

The subject of antiaging is not new. It is rather fascinating to see how the antiaging bullet has increasingly found its way on many bookshelves and health counters. It became what we now known as a necessity quest for happiness.

I’ve came across so many antiaging articles and books but what I failed to recognize is the differences between any of them. In the very end, they all offer the same background information, how the aging process work, and possibly several inputs on how to prevent aging. Many of us were tricked! We were sold on the title and the false claims based the cover of the book. We were looking for a “cure” that is impossible to achieved. Yet, we still come back to that same counter again and again hoping for a newly invented “cure.” Now, there are books out there that were careful enough not to make any promises, but then when you take away that aspect what else have they got to offer?

The only way to fight against aging is to be well informed of the subject. It is important to understand how the aging process works in order to take the necessary step in slowing it down. There are too many people out there who would grab any antiaging product and believe that it will be a miracle cure. What they failed to understand is that’s not how the aging process works. Genetics, diets, and hormones are all important factors that contribute to the aging process. So before you began to grab on any antiaging product, you need to understand your skin condition and how it ages to be able to decide on the type of products that will work for you.

The aging process:

On average skin renews itself every 28 to 45 days. However, as we age the process of forming new skin cells also slow down. To fully understand the aging process, we need to recognize that there are three basic layers that made up skin. The first layer is called the stratum corneum, which is the outermost part of the skin and sometime referred to as “dead layer of skin.” The second layer is called the epidermis; it stood as a very first barrier to protect the skin. Underneath the epidermis is a layer call the dermis. The dermis contains blood vessels, nerves, hair roots, and sweat glands.

As we age, our skin become increasingly vulnerable to the environment and foreign substances. It will take more time for the skin layers to develop and form new skin cells. Overtime the epidermis will become thinner and the bottom layer of the skin will slow down in its process of forming new skin cells.

The number one factor that causes aging is by sun damage. As we age, our skin layers become thinner and will be at a higher risk for sun damage. In order to slow down the aging process, we need to use sunscreen at all times. A common mistake that people have is not wearing sunscreen when they’re not in direct sunlight. This is a huge mistake since sunlight can affect anyone on any day regardless of whether it’s sunny or rainy. Another mistake is believing that being in the shade will surely protect your skin. This is not true since sunlight can be reflective through many surfaces such as the water and sand. The only way to really protect your skin from the sun is to wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of at least 15. Be sure to reapply throughout the day as sunscreen can only last through certain hours depending on which SPF you used. Another important thing to keep in mind is to try and avoid being in the sun during midday time; from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. And the worst hours to be in the sun are from noon till 2 P.M.

1 comment:

  1. ugh even being in the shade doesn't do the trick? XD haha.

    im using the neutrogena dry-touch spf 55 one, so hopefully that'll cover it.

    i always wondered, you know how we're supposed to reapply sunscreen? how about when we wear makeup...i always wondered how to re apply sunscreen when we've got foundation and everything else on our face....i suppose a high spf will last throughout the day to save us..?


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