Graceful Aging: A Cheat Sheet To Keep Skin Thriving
It’s hard not to notice the signs of aging. Even the most self-assured among us can’t help but wonder why our skin begins to look older than we feel. As you age, your skin changes, and those changes can cause your skin to look and feel different than it did when you were younger.
At Furtuna Skin, our mission is simple. Give skin the purest, most natural, and highly effective ingredients without harming the environment. Our team of experts is sharing their secrets to keeping skin looking youthful.
We’ll also cover what happens to the skin as it ages and what ingredients best promote healthy aging. Hint: they’re from the land, not the lab.
What Causes Skin To Age?
At the risk of sounding satirical, getting older causes your skin to age. In other words, some parts of skin aging simply cannot be avoided.
The aging process causes skin cell production to slow and marks the beginning of a gradual decline in certain skin proteins responsible for keeping skin looking firm and plump.
Slower Cell Regeneration
Your skin cells are constantly renewing. As new skin cells are created in the deep layers of your dermis, older skin cells are pushed to the surface, where they are eventually sloughed away. In your youth, the process takes around a month. In older adults, the process can take up to two months.
New skin cells equate to more youthful-looking skin. The longer the cell rejuvenation process takes, the older your skin can appear. In addition, dead skin cells that stay on the surface of your skin can settle into fine lines and wrinkles — and even cause clogged pores.
Collagen Production Slows
Collagen is a protein that makes up numerous tissues in your body. In your skin, it is extremely abundant. Collagen keeps skin plump and youthful looking. Our skin begins to look hollow and thin as we age because our collagen production begins to decline.
While your skin makes plenty of collagen in your youth, older people experience a loss of 1% of total collagen production per year after age 20. This, combined with a loss of elasticity, can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form.
You may also notice signs of loss of collagen under your eyes and in the hollows of your cheeks.
Loss of Elasticity
Another vital skin protein, elastin, also hits the breaks as we age. Elastin is responsible for our skin’s ability to stretch and snap back into place. As elastin production also declines with age, our skin may begin to feel less taut. Sagging skin is a common complaint among older adults.
Sagging skin is often first noticed around the eyes and mouth, where the skin is naturally thinner.
Oily, blemish-prone skin may well be the complaint of younger people, but as we get older, skin becomes drier. Sebaceous glands that may be quite active in our youth begin to produce less sebum, our skin’s natural oil, as we get older.
This can cause the skin to feel drier and may cause the development of rough patches and an uneven skin texture.
Skin dryness can also be a sign of skin dehydration. If your skin is dehydrated, you could improve your water intake and add a high-quality facial treatment, like our face balm, to your skincare routine.
In addition to the natural aging process, environmental factors can also age our skin faster than it would age naturally.
What Environmental Factors Age Our Skin?
Even if we take exceptional care of our skin, exposure to certain elements in our environment can cause the skin to age, too.
The sun, for instance, can damage skin and cause it to age at a rate much faster than it would on its own. Although the sun is important to our well-being and how our bodies need vitamin D, exposure without the protection of sunscreen and antioxidants regularly causes damage. Sun damage can look like:
Dark spots, pigmentation, and sunspots
Fine lines and wrinkles
Uneven skin tone
The sun damages our skin because of free radicals, which come from other sources, too. Free radicals from pollution, cigarette smoke, and even some household cleaning products can damage healthy skin cells and cause your skin to age.
It might seem like our skin and bodies change too quickly for us to slow the process, that luckily isn’t true.
How Can I Maintain Youthful-Looking Skin?
Living a longer life is a gift, and beautiful skin can be the bow that ties it up — if you know how to treat your skin properly.
Eat a Balanced Diet
In addition to taking care of your body, a balanced diet ensures your skin is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins is essential to keeping your skin healthy and radiant.
Not only do you internally need a balanced diet, but your skin also needs to be balanced. Inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, we choose plants that offer whole-plant nutrition for the skin. Packed with vitamins, phenols, flavonoids, sterols, and fatty acids, our natural, plant ingredients strengthen skin and bring it back into balance with its natural circadian rhythm.
A high-grade skincare product is essential for skin health, but even if you aren’t drinking enough water, your skin may still be dehydrated at the end of the day. Aim to drink between six to eight glasses of water per day for optimum hydration.
Upgrade Your Skincare
You can’t expect your skin to respond to the same products you used as a teenager. Your skin needs to change over time, just like your health needs to change.
Here, we’ve got the cheat sheet for keeping skin looking younger:
Antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your skin cells, keeping your skin looking young. Ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, olive leaf extract, and spirulina are excellent sources of antioxidants. You can find these ingredients in our Face & Eye Serum and many of our other products.
Skin Cell Renewal Stimulants. As skin cell renewal declines, look to nature to kickstart the process and keep it in full swing. Natural ingredients, like the ones found in our Circadian Rhythm Complex, help encourage skin cell renewal to keep skin looking newer and younger.
Appearance Enhancers. Your skin is still capable of making collagen; it just needs a little help. Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative found in our Nightly Renewal Cream, helps support skin renewal and natural collagen production without the irritating side effects you’d get from retinol products.
You’ll find these ingredients and a plethora of other clean, highly concentrated natural plant botanicals in every Furtuna Skin Product.
Pure, Clean Ingredients for Aging Beautifully: The Furtuna Skin Way
Your skin may get older, but lifestyle choices and skincare can help it remain youthful no matter your age. Instead of fighting against it, give your skin the natural, powerful ingredients it needs to slow the signs of aging.
Aging skin can be radiant if only it is given the chance to thrive. Trust Furtuna Skin to help unveil your skin’s radiance and help you gracefully maintain a positive attitude toward aging.