Understanding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aging
As you age, changes in your skin condition are due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic, or chronological, aging is mostly genetic, while external environmental factors are responsible for extrinsic aging. These different types of influences can result in variations in your skin’s appearance, such as thinner skin with less elasticity.
The most common characteristics of intrinsic aging include:
- Facial wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Moisture loss
Creams and other skin treatments are available to combat the symptoms of intrinsic aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and moisture loss. Their main objectives are to fight collagen loss and to help your skin retain its elasticity.
Though you cannot control your heredity or the inevitability of intrinsic aging, you can slow down the impact of some of the extrinsic factors that accelerate the signs of aging.
Some common environmental dangers and their consequences include:
Sun exposure and indoor tanning. The damage to your skin from ultraviolet radiation is called photoaging. The rays cause collagen and elastin to break down and often result in age spots and wrinkles as well as dry, rough skin.
Smoking. Both smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for skin damage. Over time, smoking causes wrinkles and poor skin tone.
Air pollution. Free radicals from car emissions, soot and other environmental pollutants in many cities can contribute to wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Limiting exposure to the above-mentioned risk factors is the best way to avoid most skin damage. But there’s more you can do to protect your skin from aging prematurely.
At AlluraDerm MD Med Spa in Albuquerque, we help you diminish and prevent the signs of aging with personalized skin care solutions. From BOTOX® and Thermage® to facial peels and microdermabrasion, AlluraDerm MD Med Spa offers you the latest in skin care technology. Contact us to learn more about our services and pharmaceutical-grade skin care line.