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How To Avoid Aging Skin

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Summary:
Aging skin can be prevented or avoided through various treatments and
solutions. Skin aging remedies need not be expensive at all. There are
procedures that can be done to prevent skin aging without wasting much
money. This article contains some of those inexpensive solutions to keep
away from premature skin aging.


Keywords:
Skin Care Treatments, Skin Care Solutions


Article Body:
What images come to mind upon hearing the word “old”? Maybe one will
think of a person who has white hair, has difficulty walking or hearing,
and someone with wrinkly skin. Being old usually has negative
connotations and some, if not most, people are even afraid of getting
old. This may be the reason why for centuries, people have been looking
for that one solution in staying or looking young.

      During the olden times, people made use of medicinal plants and
other natural resources to treat their problems with aging skin. Among
these resources are aloe and honey which are still used nowadays.
However, with various advances in technology and medicine, more
sophisticated treatments have been developed such as injectable fillers,
botulinum toxin (also known as botox) and microdermabrasion. These newer
solutions may alter or slow down skin aging faster or more efficiently,
however, at a higher cost. For those who cannot afford such expensive
procedures, there are still other possible skin treatments combating
aging that can be done without breaking the bank.

      Before trying a particular skin treatment, it is important to have
even some basic knowledge of the components of our skin and how it
functions. As it has been taught in school, the skin is made up of two
layers: the dermis which contains various skin appendages, and the
epidermis which serves as a protective portion against infections and
other threats. Within the skin are also different components and
substances such as melanocytes that cause skin pigmentation, collagen
that helps form connective tissues, and elastin that is responsible for
the skin's elasticity.

      By knowing the different components and functions of the skin it
will also be easier to understand how the skin ages and what can possibly
cause it. Causes of skin aging may either be int rinsic or extrinsic.
Intrinsic causes may include genetic factors which affect the natural
skin aging process. Extrinsic causes on the other hand are those that
come from the environment such as exposure to the sun and the
environment's humidity level. It has been said that intrinsic factors
that cause skin aging cannot be changed or prevented. Often, only the
extrinsic factors then are being addressed by most treatments or
procedures available.

      What different treatments or solutions can be done to avo id,
prevent or slow down skin aging without much money being spent?

1.    Protect your skin from excessive exposure to the sun. If possible,
avoid or limit tanning or using tanning devices and products. When doing
any activity that may require much sun exposure, make use of sunblocks or
sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or above. Apply
suncreen regularly, 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, and take note
to re-apply after sweating or washing with water.

2.    Moisturize your skin. One indication of aging skin is its being
dry. It is important to observe the recommended water intake of 8 -10
glasses per day. Also avoid using products that have chemicals which may
cause the skin to dry; instead choose those contain moisturizers. Skin
moisturizers must be applied after washing.

3.    Observe what you eat or drink. According to a medical research
director at Revival Soy in North Carolina, soy can help build and
maintain collagen which is an important component of connective tissues
that make up the skin. A component of soy which is soy isoflavones can
also act as antioxidants to protect the collagen from being damaged. It
is also advisable to consume food and liquids that are rich in vitamins
A, B, C and E which help maintain smooth and youthful looking skin. If
desired, food supplements with such vitamins can also be taken.

4.    Avoid smoking. It is said that substances in tobacco or cigarettes
can cause biochemical changes in the body and skin. Based on a number of
researches made previously, smoking can hasten skin aging by increasing
the appearance of wrinkles and causing the skin to look yellowish.

5.    Avoid repetitive facial expressions and sleeping positions. It is
said that constant or repetitive positioning of the face on the pillow
may cause lines and wrinkles to be etched on the skin. The same thing
happens with repetitive facial expression since when muscles contract to
convey these expressions, grooves are formed on the skin. These lines and
wrinkles, which are often observed in aging skin, may be more visible as
a person grows older and his or her skin decreases elasticity.

      Treatments other than those mentioned above, specifically those
that are not as costly as the ones offered in clinics, can also be used
to address skin aging. Among these are use of medicinal plants and
natural resources as what the people have done during ancient times.
However, it is important to know the substances and reactions of these
materials to the skin so as not to be misled and to avoid complication s.
It is therefore not necessary to spend so much just to avoid or prevent
skin aging. Through a disciplined lifestyle and regular observation of
the solutions stated above, prevention of premature skin aging can be
addressed. Though eventually, a person has to learn to accept that
despite of all treatments undertaken, his or her skin will still age
naturally. In this situation, there is no better option other than
choosing to age gracefully.