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While aging is inevitable, there are several different factors that contribute to the way in which your skin ages, as well as the rate at which it does so. From inflammation to DNA damage, these are some of the most common causes of aging skin, as well as the ways in which you can put a stop to it.

 

DNA Damage

UV rays from the sun are known for causing damage to skin cells, which then results in deeper DNA damage. When this DNA damage builds up over time, skin cells are unable to function properly, and not only does this lead to accelerated aging, but also to skin cancer. The best way to protect your skin from DNA damage is by ensuring that your sun protection methods are sufficient, meaning that not only should you be using a sunscreen each and every day, even in the winter months, but you should also be staying in the shade during the sun's strongest hours. Incorporating antioxidants, peptides and retinol into your skin care routine will always go a long way in helping to reverse some of the damage that has already been caused.

 

Decreased Cell Turnover

Cell turnover is the process in which fresh, new skin cells move from deep within the skin towards the surface, during which the outer, dead layer of skin cells is shed. As the body ages, the cell turnover process naturally decreases, meaning that older and duller skin cells remain on the surface for much longer. The best way to boost cell turnover is with regular exfoliation, whether this may be manual or chemical, as this will clear away the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, making it easier for the younger skin cells to move through.

 

Inflammation

Skin inflammation can be attributed to a number of different causes, but they all contribute to skin aging by damaging the skin's supplies of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The only way to put a stop to your inflammation is to figure out the exact cause, whether this may be an occasional allergic reaction or a chronic condition, such as rosacea and psoriasis, and then explore the methods to treat this. In the meantime, ensure that all products that you use are designed for sensitive skin, and contain gentle and soothing ingredients, so as not to exacerbate any inflammation. You should also ensure that you are eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, as the ingredients that you put into your body can have a huge effect on the amount of inflammation you experience.

 

Nobody wants their skin to age, and while this may be unavoidable to quite an extent, there are many steps that you can take to slow down the rate at which your skin ages. From reducing any skin inflammation to taking necessary measures to reverse DNA damage, these tips will leave you with a youthful looking complexion for many more years to come.