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Caring for Skin at Every Age

Better skin is attainable at any age for both men and women. However, the criteria for great skin shifts as a person gets chronologically older. In each decade, your skin has certain characteristics and will face certain challenges-pun intended.

For example, in the teenage years, skin is plump, dewy, and moist with no visible wrinkles or sagging. However, increasing hormonal production brings with it more oil production, leading to breakouts and acne. Great skin as a teenager includes no visible breakouts and no suntan. As hormone production levels out with age, the oil production lessens and different challenges arise.

By mastering the challenges of skin care for each decade, you can attain better skin for each age of your skin. In this article, you'll learn what to expect from your skin at every phase of life and what to do today to ensure great skin for the rest of your life.

Skin Aging Factors

Each decade of life brings changes to your skin in two ways, intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic changes are determined by your genetics. Just as the color of your skin, eyes, and hair are preset by your own inherited DNA, so too how your skin ages is in part determined by your DNA.

Some people are graced with fabulous skin genes, and your skin could look young well into your 50s and 60s. Other people are born with skin that wrinkles and sags earlier. While you can't do anything about your inborn genetic patterns, later in life, you can avail yourself of a wide variety of scientific and medical solutions to sagging and wrinkles.

In the next article, you'll use a survey to determine the genetic predisposition of your skin. You'll use this information to design a skin care program for yourself so that you can make the most of the skin you were born with.

You are in control of most extrinsic aging factors. They're caused by the environment and by how you care for your skin. Sun damage can be avoided by using sunscreen. Your daily maintenance rituals of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, or lack of them will make a difference. So will keeping your hands away from breakouts and blackheads. Even avoiding frowning and grimacing can help you control extrinsic factors.

 As you read about skin at each decade of life, keep in mind that you are learning the general ways that skin changes and ages, and that both your DNA and your skin care rituals can make a big difference in the quality of your skin.

Clarifying Words

intrinsic factors are caused by your biological and genetic makeup. You were born with a certain type of skin and your DNA determines in part how it ages, your skin tone, and it's overall plumpness and glow. Extrinsic factors that affect skin are caused by the environment, your health, and how you treat your skin. For the most part, you can control the extrinsic factors that affect the condition of your skin.


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