After many decades of doing this that elastin wears out or breaks down so that it cannot snap back into place the way it once did. Those that are overweight or obese for many years also typically report this same problem; even after they lose weight their skin still sags especially in the areas where they held the most weight, such as the abdomen or thighs.
Lack of moisture.
Our body’s natural oil production also seems to slow down when we age; many who are over 40 report having dry skin for the first time in their lives. Those oil glands stop working the way they once did and having dry skin around the areas where there are no oil glands, including the elbows and ankles, is a chronic problem for those getting older.
This lack of moisture is one reason why people wrinkle as they age. When the skin is properly moisturized it is soft and supple and can easily bounce back from impressions left on it. When skin is dry, every small crack becomes a permanent fixture so that those dreaded laugh lines and crow’s feet appear on the face.
OTHER DAMAGING AGENTS.
Age is not the only enemy to the skin of course. Because it is constantly exposed to the elements the skin is prone to damage from many sources; here are a few:
The sun is one of the most damaging elements the skin faces. Ultraviolet rays dry the skin and break down the collagen underneath these outer layers. While many think that tanning is attractive, any time the skin changes color this is the result of an injury on the skin. Getting a tan from the sun is the same as burning your skin on an open flame or heating element. Skin cells die under the harsh light of the sun and often cannot be repaired or replaced.
l Wind is another harsh element the skin faces, especially in cold winter months. Wind causes moisture to be depleted and this in turn causes the skin to feel dry and even become chapped and flaky. The skin often cannot produce moisture fast enough in response to cold wind.
l Chlorine and other elements also dry the skin faster than it can reproduce this moisture. You might not think that you’re exposed to chlorine if you’re not a professional swimmer but most city water supplies are treated with chlorine as a cleaning agent. If you notice hard water deposits in your shower then you are exposed to chlorine on a regular basis.
Pollutants and other irritants. One of the main purposes of the skin is to keep pollutants and irritants away from the internal organs, however, this means that those pollutants and irritants are caught in the skin! This is especially true for those who work or live in very polluted environments such as in a manufacturing area.
The skin is designed to protect itself from these damaging elements but it can’t always do everything on its own and isn’t meant to protect itself completely. If you live or work in a harsh environment then you need to do what you can to help the skin’s natural barriers.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Most people think of skincare as being something that you do at night, when you take off your makeup and then add some moisturizers and other topical treatments.
Taking care of your skin from the outside is very important and we’ll discuss in a later section how you can do that, but as you’ve already learned the skin’s appearance on the outside actually begins with how it acts in the layers underneath it. So taking care of your skin from the inside is going to be just as important if not more so than how you care for it on the outside. Let’s take a look at some of those important aspects of taking care of the skin on the inside.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION.
If the skin is made up of mostly water that should give you a clue as to how important hydration is for proper skincare!
Unfortunately many people assume that the best way to hydrate their skin is to slather on moisturizer at night and give very little thought as to how much hydration they’re getting from what they eat and drink.
As we’ve covered, the skin renews itself about once per month and as those deeper layers push up to the surface they take water molecules with them. This means that the main hydration for your skin is coming from underneath its surface and that you’re losing moisture from your body as a whole through this process.
When talking about your body’s health overall and how it is affected by this loss of water through your skin, consider that every single system in your body needs water to not just function but to be healthy. Your tissues all need moisture for proper lubrication and a healthy environment; many of the elements in the body that trap toxins need to be moist to do their job properly. Water flushes these toxins out of the vital organs and helps to carry nutrients to the cells as well.