We commonly take advantage of our skin as an external envelope, without fully considering the numerous, essential functions it provides. Skin is our largest organ, providing an interface between our internal physiological systems and the external world; it protects us from harm due to pathogens, solar radiation, pollutants, and also acts as an effective barrier against water loss, ensuring essential nutrients remain in our systems. As we age, skin becomes thinner, drier, and less capable of healing itself, which brings the potential threats of our external environments closer to our internal systems. Not only does this threaten the appearance of skin (showing those age indicators—fine lines and wrinkles) but it also threatens the wellbeing of our internal health. This is why it is extremely important to understand causes for aging and take steps to preventatively treat and care for your skin (and entire body!).
When considering the aging process and skin, there are two major types of aging to consider – intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging is also known as chronological or natural aging. It is caused by changes in the structure and function of skin that occur as we age naturally. Beginning around our mid-20s, physiological changes cause collagen production to slow and skin to lose its elasticity. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly, and the turnover of new cells begins to slow. Additionally, changes in hormone levels reduce the amount of oil produced, resulting in dry, flakey skin. Fun facts about aging:
- Between ages 20 and 80 our collagen production declines by 65%
- Skin thins at a rate of 6% per 10 years
Extrinsic aging results when exposure to external factors prematurely ages our skin. Every inflammatory response damages skin at the cellular level and causes aging. From UV exposure, sun and wind burn, to topical sensitivities, all inflammatory reactions create a variety of adverse and damaging responses on the skin’s surface and below. Other damaging factors include pollution, poor diet, cigarette smoke, stress, and gravity. Exposure to these external threats results in skin with age spots, blotchy pigmentation, deep wrinkles, and a rough, leathery appearance.
As intrinsic and extrinsic aging processes take their toll, our systems experience oxidative stress, hormone fluctuations, decreases in metabolic activity, and declines in the length of cell life. The effects of both types of aging are visibly seen in the skin: collagen production diminishes and elastin becomes less springy, resulting in less voluminous and elastic skin that sags and wrinkles easily. Skin becomes less moisturized naturally, and exposure to the elements causes hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and reduces the skin’s ability to hold in moisture. Intrinsic and extrinsic processes are linked; as natural changes take place, our ability to fight the deleterious effects of environmental exposure decreases. This sounds daunting doesn’t it? Don’t worry …
While intrinsic processes mean we cannot stop ourselves from aging, we can age gracefully by caring for our skin and reducing our exposure to the harmful factors that cause aging. Protecting skin from irritation and inflammation is key for maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Because the skin is an organ, it can benefit from products that protect skin and encourage skin regeneration topically, and well as ingested supplements that help maintain healthy system function.
Apriori Beauty has taken advantage of this concept by creating an internal and external skincare system enhanced with the patent pending Nutrient Reservoir™, which delivers essential ingredients to protect and prolong the life of every skin cell while combating the damage we’ve already done, effectively reducing the visible signs of aging. These ingredients protect from the 4 Core Influences of Aging by providing: 1) antioxidants to reduce the effects of oxidative stress, 2) endocrine system modulators to mediate hormone fluctuations, 3) energy activators to help promote mitochondrial and metabolic efficiency, and 4) longevity gene supporters to extend the life of healthy cells. Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Cellular Age Advantage 6-Step Skincare System paired with Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir brings the Nutrient Reservoir™ from the inside of the body out, and from the outside in.
If you’re looking for a simpler solution to fight the signs of aging and may feel a little overwhelmed by a 6-step system, Apriori Beauty also has the ProDermalin® Pure Basics skincare system, which is just two products—Gentle Cleanser & Calming Moisture. ProDermalin® is a unique skincare line that addresses basic skincare needs with pure, ultra-mild formulations and powerful botanicals to proactively influence healthier skin. Both products include a patent-pending blend of botanicals designed and optimized to reduce skin reactivity and inflammation, which are both key influencers of aging in the skin. Botanicals also soothe and provide antioxidant protection and proactively build stronger, healthier skin.