Skin is the largest organ in your body that acts as a barrier between you and the external elements. Apart from its aesthetic significance, your skin protects your body from fatal dehydration, harmful elements, infections and diseases. Due to the constant exposure to various external aggressors, skin is usually the first organ to show the signs of ageing.
Skin Ageing Process
As part of the body's defense mechanism, your skin is exposed to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence the skin ageing process.
Intrinsic Skin Ageing
Intrinsic skin ageing is mainly determined by genes and you have less control on it. Skin colour is one of the examples of genetic condition that plays a crucial role in skin ageing. People with darker skin tone, genetically have more melanin to help protect their skin against UV-induced ageing and cancer, better than those with pale skin tone.
Extrinsic Skin Ageing
Apart from genes, your skin ageing process is also influenced by the external factors such as UV radiation, diets, harsh weather and air pollution.
Unlike intrinsic skin ageing, you can have more control on the extrinsic skin ageing process. Limiting the exposure to the extrinsic ageing factors will help slow down the appearance of signs of ageing.
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