With your skin being the largest external organ of your body, it is also the most exposed to environmental factors such as the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, hard water and harsh chemicals. As we age, this causes the skin to experience ‘extrinsic aging’. Additionally, your skin also experiences ‘intrinsic aging’, caused by the natural aging process and hereditary factors.
Intrinsic and extrinsic aging can cause the epidermis to lose the capacity to retain water, making it vulnerable to dehydration. Similarly, you see the dermis losing elastin and collagen, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The hypodermis experiences loss of tissue causing your skin to sag. Other causes for your skin losing its youthful glow can include:
- Fad diets
- Collagen diseases
Living in this region also causes your skin to be exposed to low humidity year-round, with the overheating in winter and air-conditioning in summer leaving your skin dull and lustreless.