Skin and the Aging Phenomenon


Aging is a natural process that all of us are bound to journey into. Some people think of it as the negative aspect of life. However, we can always look at it in a positive way. Aging can be good. We just need to be informed of the factors that contribute to the rapid aging of our skin.

As they say, with age comes wisdom. We should know what is good for us as we grow older. We should be better at handling our health. The main dilemma that we all have when we reach at a certain point of our lives is that we tend to regret of the things that we did. Nevertheless, we must not falter since there are ways to prevent the rapid aging of our skin. The first thing we need to do is to have a clear understanding of our skin and the factors that contribute to its rapid decline.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It has three layers. The first layer is the epidermis or the outer layer of our skin. It is what is visible to our naked eye. The second layer is the dermis or the middle layer of our skin. And, the third layer of our skin is the subcutaneous layer.

The epidermis or the outermost layer of our skin is the first thing that gets damaged when our skin is exposed to the unhealthy heat of the sun. Without the protection from the scorching heat of the sun, a few minutes of being exposed under it gradually over time may cause visible changes to our epidermis such as the common age spots that we see on our grand mother’s face, freckles, and many more. These changes do not show up instantly but as time flies by, the changes occur may surprise us. Furthermore, too much exposure to the rays of the sun can lead to skin cancer.

Our skin shields us from certain pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, virus, and many more. It has many functions that are vital for us to survive. First, it functions as the organ that regulates the heat of our body by controlling the energy loss by radiation, convection and conduction. Second, it controls the fluid that is lost preventing us from dehydration and many more. Third, it serves as the water and lipid storage and the organ that synthesizes Vitamin D. The fourth function is it serves the organ where we excrete our sweat that contains the toxins of our body. Fifth, it is the organ that absorbs the medicine that we apply on our body such as ointments and other various medicines. There are many more functions of our skin but the aforementioned are the important functions of our skin.

There are two factors that have an influence with the aging of the skin. These factors are explained what our skin undergoes when we get older. The first and obvious factor that affects our skin during this phenomenon is the external factor. The external factor is about the extrinsic changes that occur with our skin or the things that contribute to the rapid aging of our skin. This factor is all about what happens to the surface of our skin. One of the external factors that affect our skin during the aging process is the unhealthy exposure to the damaging rays of the sun. This is what we call Photoaging.

The second factor that affects our skin when we gradually age is the internal factor. This is also called as our natural aging process. This normally begins at our middle 20’s. As we age, our skin collagen production slows and the elastin that holds our skin together gradually loses its function. The internal factors of aging will not be visible for years. However, there are signs such as itchy dry skin, thin and transparent skin, fine wrinkles, and many more.

With the aforementioned information above, it is evident that we should be taking better take good care of it while we still can. It is important to be informed about what causes the rapid aging of our skin so that we can be able to prevent our skin from getting the unnecessary damage. A regular maintenance is needed for people who are undergoing the aging phenomenon. Since the skin does not heal as fast as it used to be, the skin gets dry and it easily gets damaged.

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