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Skin aging is caused by a combination of:
Intrinsic, Environmental, and Mechanical factors.


A. Intrinsic Aging

As a person ages, skin biology changes. Every person's skin undergoes the same changes at a microscopic or cellular level: Cell function slows down, leading to a break down of structural proteins and a decrease in your skin's ability to repair itself. This is called Intrinsic Aging. While we are all pre-programmed to experience Intrinsic Aging, the extent and speed at which these changes occur varies from person to person depending on genetics.


The 7 invisible causes of aging skin — Why skin changes as you age

The skin is an ever-changing organ that contains many specialized cells and structures. As you age, changes take place within both the epidermis and dermis that can dramatically affect the appearance of your skin. The following are explanations of what is happening inside your skin as you age, or what iLab researchers refer to as “the 7 invisible causes of aging skin”:

1) Reduced Cellular Activity
Your body does not regenerate new skin cells as quickly.

2) Free Radical Attack
Highly reactive particles within cells cause them to function poorly or die.

3) Collagen and Elastin Break-down
These are the structural proteins that keep skin firm and tight. Dermatologists estimate that you lose about 1% of your skin’s collagen every year after age 30. The production of new collagen also slows, resulting in thin skin and less elasticity.

4) Fatty Tissue Buildup
This occurs under thinning skin around the eyes, causing puffiness and bags to form.

5) Cellular Deterioration
This process accelerates as we age due to prolonged exposure to the sun and environmental toxins. Old cells collect on the surface of the skin.

6) Weakened Capillaries
These minute blood vessels under the eyes leak small amounts of blood. The result is the appearance of dark under-eye circles.

7) Degradation of the Skin’s Moisture Barrier
The result is drier skin as we age.

Based on these 7 invisible causes of aging skin, iLab researchers have determined that the 7 keys to delayed aging are:

  1. Healthy cell activity
  2. Reduction of free radical1
  3. Synthesis of collagen & elastin
  4. Reduced fatty tissue
  5. Delayed cell deterioration
  6. Strengthened capillaries
  7. Improved moisture barrier function


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B. Environmental Aging

The role of the sun cannot be overstated as the most important cause of prematurely aging skin. As much as 80% of premature skin aging is caused by sun damage. Both UVA and UVB rays cause harm leading to wrinkles and pigmentation problems such as uneven skin tone, blotchy skin, and age spots.

Sunlight impairs collagen fibers, stimulates production of enzymes called metalloproteinases (MMPs) that further degrade collagen, and contributes to over-production of oxidants, also called free radicals. These are unstable molecules that can destroy skin cells, causing skin to "spoil."

Furthermore, the role of sun exposure in skin cancers is proven. This is another reason to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun without protection. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen to minimize risk and help prevent further damage to the skin.

Steps You Can Take Now to Prevent The Signs of Aging

When it comes to aging skin, the best long-term prevention is leading a healthy lifestyle.

Minimize sun exposure:

That tan may look nice for a few days, but it cause damage that will last a lifetime in the form of premature aging (not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer). And, tanning beds are every bit as hurtful to your skin. If you want to bronze safely, use a self-tanning lotion.

Use sunscreen:

Sunscreen isn't just for the beach: Your skin is exposed for hours every day during the course of normal activity. Those cell-destroying UVA and UVB rays are just as harmful when you're going from your car to the grocery store as when you're lounging in the sun. Even when the sky is completely overcast, the sun's rays can penetrate 70% to 80%.

The only way to be safe is daily application of broad-spectrum SPF products like iLAB Skinshade 20.

Quench your skin's thirst:

Hydrated skin looks plump, firm, and healthy. Rule of thumb: Replace sugary sodas with water. Also look for products like MEDIPEP Hydrating Peptide Gel, which contains ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Collagen to hydrate skin and help strengthen its natural moisture barrier.

Easy on the eyes:

The skin around your eyes is thin and fragile. Tugging at it can break down vital elastin fibers, making it more prone to wrinkles, bags, and sagging. Look for products that will help firm and strengthen delicate eye skin such as Matrixyl 3000, a key ingredient in MEDIPEP Eye Puffiness Serum and MEDIPEP GC-100 Firming Serum.

Learn to read product labels:

Nothing does more damage than using the wrong products. Some skin care products are mostly filler and foam, which reduces their effectiveness. A high price tag does NOT guarantee result. Research the ingredients to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

Click here to learn more about the clinically proven ingredients in iLab's line of advanced age-delaying skin care.

Eat Healthy:

A diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables and the use of healthy oils (such as olive oil) may protect against oxidative stress in the skin.

Exercise:

Daily exercise keeps blood flowing, which brings oxygen to the skin. Oxygen is an important ingredient for healthy skin.

Quit Smoking!

Smoking not only increases wrinkles, but smokers have a 50% greater risk for squamous cell cancers than nonsmokers.