Make Aging Skin Look Younger!

By Marilynn Syrett Published 04/4/2009 | Beauty

Aging skin is perhaps the most serious  skin concern faced by women. After all, who likes to see their skin  wrinkled and marked with fine lines? And when they do, women can go  to extreme lengths to seek the youthful skin of the past. While some  try out every anti aging skin care line available in the market,  others spend extravagant amounts for complex Botox procedures.  However, preventing premature aging or just delaying the signs of  aging is not very difficult. All you need to do is take some  preventive measures and take good care of your skin.
    Causes  of Skin Aging
  As we age, our skin grows old as well. However,  there are other factors that accelerate the aging process of the skin  as well. Here are some common ones.
  Prolonged Sun  Exposure
  Prolonged and unprotected exposure to sunlight is the  primary cause that fuels the aging process of the skin. This is  because sunlight comprises of dangerous ultraviolet radiation that  penetrate deep inside the skin surface and cause intrinsic damage to  the cells. The UVA and UVB rays continue to add up over the years and  break down the collagen and elastin fibers within the skin cells. As  a result, the skin becomes dry, begins to sag and distinctive  wrinkles and fine lines appear on the surface.
  Loss of  Collagen and Elastin
  The collagen fibers are responsible for  the firmness of the skin. It is what keeps your skin tight and taut.  Likewise, the elastin fibers are responsible for skin elasticity. It  allows the skin to stretch and strain without getting ruptured.  However, as we age, the production collagen and elastin fibers slows  down and the result shows on the skin tone and texture.
  Gravity is yet another factor that  contributes to the development of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin  and making it saggy. Gravity affects the connective ligament-like  tissues that joins the fat pads of the face. This results in  deterioration of the skin texture.
  Facial Expressions
  All  the facial expressions that you make during your lifetime affect your  skin in the later stages. All the lines that are formed on your face  when you smile, frown, glare and squint can become deep set over the  years and make permanent residence on your face. Excessive facial  movements can cause lines and wrinkles and even accentuate the  already existent ones
  Tips for Younger Looking  Skin
  Fortunately, you don't have to spend millions or go under  the knife to get younger looking skin. In fact, you can make your  skin look younger by simple procedures and using good anti aging skin  care products. Here are some tips that will help you achieve younger  looking skin.
  Use Anti Aging Skin Care Products
  There are a  variety of anti aging skin care products and skin treatments  available in the market that help to treat the various signs of aging  skin and get you healthy and younger looking skin. Look for products  that contain powerful anti aging ingredients like retinol, retinoids,  alpha hydroxy acids etc. that eliminates aging signs and makes the  skin smooth and supple. These ingredients also help to stimulate the  production of collagen which further improves the skin quality.
  Product Suggestions:
  Kinerase  Cream It is an amazing anti-aging cream that improves the  appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the skin's  capacity to retain moisture. It contains Kinetin, a plant based agent  that helps the skin retain moisture.
  Moisturize  Intensively
  Aging skin is characterized by excessive dryness.  This is because the skin loses moisture as it ages and thus becomes  dry and flaky. Therefore it is very important to supply moisture  topically and keep the skin well hydrated. Use rich creamy  moisturizers that hydrate your skin intensively and keep it smooth  and supple.
  Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreens
  Whenever  you venture out in the sun, make sure you slather on a broad spectrum  sunscreen all over the exposed areas of the body. The sunscreen  should protect against the UVA as well as the UVB rays of the sun.
  Product Suggestions:
La  Roche Posay Anthelios SX It is a non-greasy  sunscreen that has intensive moisturizing properties as well. It  offers broad spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the  sun and also protects against sunburn. It contains Mexoryl SX which  is photostable against UVA rays so it does not breakdown and lasts  longer than most sunscreens. Because it is free of fragrances and  Paba, it does not make your skin greasy.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences. She has authored several articles about antiaging skin care products including many from Obagi and iS Clinical range of skin care products.