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Why do we age?

Aging in our thirties

The Chronological Aging Process

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hit age twenty-five and just stop aging? Most women would gladly take having a few pimples over age spots and wrinkles. Like every living thing, unfortunately, aging is a natural part of every woman’s life. But why do we age? Let’s take a look at the causes of aging, ranging from genetics to our environment.

By the age of eighteen, most women have all the connective tissue that their body needs. Up until that point, through childhood and puberty, the body is growing stores of connective tissue, strengthening the bones, and becoming an adult. While the brain is still in development until twenty-five, the body is usually done growing and changing by age eighteen. At this point, the skin is supple and firm. Some women begin to see acne naturally clear up, while others may still struggle with the occasional spot. It is extremely rare for someone this age to see any lines or wrinkles on her face, simply because this is the peak of the body’s youth.

At thirty, many women will begin to see a breakdown in the connective tissue layer. The body is still producing collagen, but not as much as in previous years. Women with good genetics and a thorough moisturizing routine will likely see only a few signs of aging—most notably, lines around the eyes.

As we progress in age, our body produces less and less collagen, meaning that our skin is less supported and under the weight of gravity, it begins to sag and wrinkle. While there are ways of combating collagen loss, on the whole, it can be difficult to understand what exactly is happening well enough to fight it. Skin becomes rigid and dry. Luckily, a moisturizing routine that includes hyaluronic acid and a steady diet of fruits and vegetables, as well as foods that contain Omega-3s, can help rebuild collagen deposits and restore moisture.

chronological aging process

Chronological Aging 

There are two types of aging, the first being the unavoidable variety. Chronological or intrinsic aging. This is caused by our genetics; we have little control over when this begins and how it works.

Extrinsic Aging

The kind of aging we do have control over. Up to 85% of extrinsic aging can be reversed. It is often caused by environmental factors such as pollution or sunlight (photo-aging). Women who smoke or drink heavily as well as eating an unhealthy diet or get too much sun exposure will age faster than females who do not expose themselves to any of these harmful factors. Eating right, getting enough sleep and avoiding environmental toxins will prolong the effects. Anti-aging products with peptides are very beneficial. They will improve the look of the skin.