UV rays, pollution and toxins in the environment all cause the signs of aging on skin.
The Murad Environmental Shield® anti aging system is specifically formulated to prevent and combat the signs of Environmental Aging. But what is Environmental Aging and how does it differ from other aging skin concerns?
Unlike Genetic Aging or Hormonal Aging, Environmental Aging is largely preventable. This type of aging occurs as a result of daily exposure to UV rays, toxins and other pollutants. All of these factors impact skin health in a number of ways, from inhibiting collagen production to triggering the appearance of sun and age spots. And while you can’t avoid the world around you, you can minimize the impact of the environment on your skin.
The Factors of Environmental Aging
Environmental Aging isn’t as simple as Genetic Aging or Hormonal Aging. There are many aspects of the environment that can impact aging. Primary causes of wrinkles and other signs of aging from environmental factors include:
UV Ray Exposure: Sun exposure is the most damaging environmental factor and causes wrinkles, age and sun spots, and other signs of aging. Every time you spend time in the sun without wearing proper sun protection, you’re damaging your skin. Repeated exposure to the sun over the course of a lifetime speeds up collagen breakdown and can cause the body to produce malformed elastin. The sun also exposes the body to free radicals that attack collagen, melanin and elastin cells and accelerate the signs of aging on your skin, causing sun and age spots, wrinkles and dehydrated skin.
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Exposure to Toxins and Pollutants: Daily exposure to pollution and toxins takes its toll on our skin and our health. Toxins and pollutants can come from uncontrollable sources, such as air pollution, pesticides and water chemicals. They can also come from controllable sources, such as household cleansers and cigarette smoke. These toxins and pollutants cause the body to produce free radicals, which accelerate the signs of aging.
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Cultural Stress™ and Aging Skin: Stress is another cause of wrinkles and aging skin. Stress often goes hand in hand with irregular sleeping patterns, unhealthy diet choices and an increase in anxiety, all of which can impact your overall health and the health of your skin. Stress weakens the whole body and inhibits its ability to fight off free radicals and repair the damage caused by exposure to the sun and other environmental factors like toxins and pollutants. Remember, your skin is a reflection of what’s going on in your body, and the same things that damage your skin also damage your health.
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Preventing Environmental Aging While you can’t avoid the environment, there are many things you can do to help prevent the onset of Environmental Aging. Here are some examples.
Prevent Aging Skin By Using Proper Sun Protection: The most effective way to prevent sun and age spots and other signs of aging caused by Environmental factors is to use proper sun protection. Use a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or more every day, regardless of whether it’s sunny out or not. Anytime you’re planning to spend an extended period of time in the sun, use a waterproof sun block with an SPF of 30 or more for full body protection. But keep in mind that using sun block and sun screen isn’t the only way to protect yourself from UV rays. Wearing hats and sunglasses with UV- protective rays and installing UV-protective glass in your car windows can help to counteract a lifetime of exposure to the sun and its skin-damaging rays.
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Make Responsible Choices About Toxins and Pollutants: To a certain degree, exposure to environmental pollution is beyond your control. However, there are many ways to reduce your exposure to pollutants and toxins in your daily life. Choose toxin-free household products and opt for organic produce when you can to reduce your exposure to pesticides. If you smoke cigarettes, make every effort to quit, which will decrease your exposure to over 400 known toxins. Every step you take to reduce your exposure to toxins and pollutants will help to keep your skin healthy and young-looking.
Reduce Cultural Stress and Its Impact: Stress is a normal part of life. However, learning to manage and minimize stress can help keep your body healthy and your skin youthful-looking. From doing yoga to playing sports, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce stress, improve your health, and look and feel your best.
Eat an Anti Aging Diet Rich in Antioxidants: Exposure to UV rays, toxins and pollutants increases the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules with only one electron. These unstable molecules then steal electrons from other molecules in the body, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of aging. To help defend against free radical damage, eat an anti aging diet rich in antioxidants, which are primarily found in fruits and vegetables. To learn more about antioxidants in your diet, read Dr. Murad’s best-selling book The Water Secret.
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Product Resources for Environmental Aging
If you’re looking for a treatment to combat the effects of Environmental Aging and restore skin’s youthful look, try the following Murad skin care and anti aging products.
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel
This bestselling spot treatment is proven to fade the appearance of sun spots and age spots.
Murad Active Radiance® Serum
Not only does this Vitamin C-infused serum help repair the signs of existing sun damage, it also helps to prevent future free radical damage.
What Did You Just Learn About Environmental Aging?
In this section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Center, you should have learned the following points:
- Environmental Aging occurs as a result of exposure to environmental elements, including UV rays, toxins, pollutants and Cultural Stress.
- Environmental Aging can trigger the appearance or increase of wrinkles, as well as the development of sun or age spots.
- Using sun protection daily is the most effective way to prevent Environmental Aging.
- Buying household products and foods that are low in toxins and pollutants can also help to minimize Environmental Aging.
- Incorporating antioxidants into your diet and your skin care regimen can help to counteract free radical damage that can lead to Environmental Aging.