Here’s a discovery — we experience two kinds of aging, intrinsic aging (starts on the inside) and extrinsic aging (starts on the outside) that cause wrinkles. Isn’t that great? We get to experience aging from both directions. But have no fear, we’re going to reveal ways to reverse and prevent wrinkles in a minute.
This type of aging pertains to the “natural” aging process, regardless of external influences (like exposure to skin products and sun damage).
Here’s what happens to your skin as you age:
As you approach your 30s, your body slowly starts losing muscle mass and reducing its collagen production by 1-4% every year.
Collagen is that important protein that keeps your joints healthy. It’s also a significant component of your connective tissues that make up your skin and muscles (among other body parts like ligaments and tendons).
In other words, when collagen and muscle break down (as it does with age, especially after your 30th birthday), the integrity of your skin and body composition is affected, causing your skin to lose its firmness and tightness while slowly depleting your muscle to lose its mass and tone.
Elastin production also lessens with age which gradually reduces your skin’s ability to stretch and snap back into place — hello sagging jowls.
And if you’re post-menopause, your sebaceous glands and sweat glands in your skin have already reduced oil and sweat production, which affects your skin’s hydration, resulting in drier skin.
Intrinsic aging starts with muscle and collagen breakdown, skin dehydration and thinning and leads to fine lines and deep wrinkles.
UV exposure, pollution, bad habits, and poor diet choices.
Extrinsic aging is the environmental impact on your face and body — the sun, dry climates, pollution, etc. Exposure and damage from these multiple factors combine with your diet and lifestyle (including the way you eat, alcohol intake, smoking and activity levels) to impact the health of your skin.
What Causes Accelerated Extrinsic Aging