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What aging does to your skin?

By on April 6, 2013 in Health with 0 Comments

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No matter how hard you try to mask your age, your skin speaks volumes. The damage to the skin begins when you are too young to care about aging but when you are enter your thirties, the skin starts showing the signs of aging. Aging affects the skin by altering its turgidity, hydration, texture, complexion and more importantly, its appearance. Following are some effects of aging on your skin:

Wrinkling is the foremost effects of aging:

Aging causes the connective tissues of the skin to break into fragments which ultimately weakens the elasticity of the skin. The level of hyaluronic acid, a chemical which keeps the skin hydrated, is reduced. All of this affects the turgidity of the skin and hence wrinkles and lines appear.

Dehydration leaves the skin rough and dry:

The sebum production by the sweat gland and sweat production by sweat gland is minimized due to aging. This leaves the skin more dry and rough.

Healing becomes prolonged:

The reason why healing of a wound is prolonged is because normally, in healing and repair of a damaged tissue, there is wound contraction, epithelial cell formation and multiplication of connective tissue to fill up the damaged tissue with new cells. But due to aging, all of these processes of healing take place very slowly, hence, the prolonged healing.

The quality of the skin deteriorates with time:

Aging causes the skin to become fragile and unappealing. It hampers the resilience by affecting the collagen and elastin fibers. Not only this, the sensory stimuli such as crude touch, pain and temperature etc are also decreased.

Functionally, apart from the skin, the appendages of the skin that are the nails, hair and gland are also affected by aging.

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