1. What’s causing premature aging?
While we can’t do much about natural aging - because it depends mostly on our genetic background, metabolism, and hormones - environmental factors like sun exposure and lifestyle choices increase the speed of aging. It is estimated that 90% (!!) of skin aging is caused by sun exposure.
2. What does aging skin look like?
Inflammation, wrinkles, dullness, rougher texture, hyperpigmentation, sagging (due to loss of elasticity and collagen), dryness, etc. Using a calming oil high in antioxidants like The Moon Shine will help reduce inflammation and keep your skin hydrated.
3. What’s happening under my skin?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is responsible for skin hydration, making it plumped and moist. As we age, the skin doesn't produce HA as fast, resulting in dryer skin. The fibroblasts don’t make as much collagen and elastin either, leading to wrinkles and a lack of firmness. Elastin gives the skin elasticity so when it’s stretched out.
Use a professional-grade vitamin C serum like The Collagen Booster to prevent sun damage. It contains 11 active ingredients that will help improve collagen and hyaluronic production.
4. What’s the cell turnover rate?
The cell turnover rate is a cycle during which dead skin cells are shed and replaced by younger cells. In teens, this cycle may take up to 12 to 19 days. In older adults, it can take 60 to 90 days.
The longer the process, the flatter the cells get when they reach the skin’s surface. That’s why our skin gets duller and rougher as we age. A non-invasive bio-chemical exfoliant like The Enzyme Peel will increase cell turnover and provide an immediate youthful glow.
5. What can I do at home?
Estheticians use products and techniques to accelerate the cell turnover cycle and encourage more collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production. Stimulating the skin starts by applying the right skincare products. Our co-founder and aesthetician, Kim, has created an anti-aging facial that you can do in your house. You’ll find a copy of our free guide, The Easy Anti-Aging Facial.
6. Does eating sugar age my skin faster?
Yes. Studies show that a diet high in sugar can accelerate signs of aging, leading to changes in collagen fibers, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity.
7. Does smoking speed up aging?
Smoking accelerates aging and is associated with premature wrinkling and lower moisture levels. Smokers tend to squint their eyes and purse their lips while smoking, increasing deeper wrinkles around the eyes and lips. Long-term smoking can also deprive the skin of essential nutrients and reduce collagen production.
8. Can stress make me look older?
Yes, because stress can increase skin inflammation. Elevated cortisol levels (from chronic stress) are associated with premature aging due to the slower production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.
9. Does a lack of sleep increase skin aging?
Get your beauty sleep, an expression that is actually important as some studies show that poor quality of sleep is associated with skin aging. Sleep deprivation can impact the skin barrier and result in premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.
While natural aging cannot be prevented, we can control external factors contributing to skin aging. Combining a daily skincare routine with healthy lifestyle choices plays a significant role in preventing and delaying the signs of aging.