When the body begins its natural loss of collagen and weakening of elastin, Genetic Aging has begun.
Murad skin care products combat three different types of aging: Genetic Aging, Environmental Aging and Hormonal Aging. First, we’ll talk about Genetic Aging and Murad skin care products that address these signs of aging.
The causes of aging skin fall under three primary categories: Genetic Aging, Hormonal Aging and Environmental Aging. All three types of aging break down collagen and weaken elastin in the skin, increasing wrinkles and causing the skin to become less firm. However, the cause and treatment for each type of aging varies. In this section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Guide, we’ll explain what Genetic Aging is and the signs of aging that may result from genetics and the natural aging process.
How Does Genetic Aging Occur?
Genetic Aging is the natural, biological process of aging that occurs over time. This type of aging is referred to as Genetic Aging because it depends primarily on genetics. Some people are more predisposed to developing wrinkles at a younger age, even if they use preventive anti aging skin care products regularly. Others may maintain young-looking skin for many years just based on genetics alone. We’ve all encountered people who look younger than their years that say they’ve never used an anti wrinkle cream. However, over time Genetic Aging affects all of us, causing lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.
What Causes Genetic Aging?
As you age, two processes occur that cause the fine lines and wrinkles associated with Genetic Aging. The first is the reduction in the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein substance that gives structure, firmness and fullness to the skin. Without collagen, the skin has little to no internal support. As the collagen in the skin begins to break down and new collagen production decreases with age, the skin loses its support. That results in sagging skin, loss of firmness and wrinkles. Collagen production begins to naturally taper off around the age of 35 and can be worsened by the impact of Hormonal Aging or Environmental Aging, which we will discuss later.
In addition to the decrease in collagen production that occurs with age, the elastin in the skin weakens over time. Elastin is a protein that, together with collagen, gives the skin a smooth appearance. It enables the skin to “spring” or “pull” back from a wrinkled state. As the elastin in the skin weakens, so does the skin’s ability to return to a smooth state. As a result, crow’s feet, frown lines and other wrinkles develop.
Without the support of collagen and elastin, the signs and symptoms of Genetic Aging gradually become more visible.
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What Are the Signs of Genetic Aging?
There are two primary signs of Genetic Aging. The first is lines and wrinkles, and the second is loose skin.
Lines and Wrinkles: The appearance of wrinkles is the most common and obvious sign that collagen and elastin production is beginning to taper off as a result of Genetic Aging. Beginning as fine lines and wrinklesand eventually deepening into medium-to-deep lines and wrinkles, these lines typically appear first around the eyes. That’s because the skin around the eyes doesn’t have its own oil-producing glands. After that, wrinkles often develop on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth, triggered by repetitive motions such as frowning, smiling and squinting. The decrease in collagen production and the weakening of elastin that naturally occur with age make these wrinkles deeper and more visible.
Loose Skin: The second sign of Genetic Aging is loose skin. Gravity has a natural pull on the skin on your face and neck, which collagen and elastin help to counteract. However, as collagen and elastin break down, the skin becomes looser and begins to “droop” and sag. Some people describe this loosening of skin as skin having a crepe-like texture.
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Who Is Susceptible to Genetic Aging?
Genetic Aging is a natural part of aging that occurs regardless of gender, ethnicity or cultural background. Factors such as Hormonal Aging and Environmental Aging may intensify the visible signs of Genetic Aging or cause them to appear earlier. However, a healthy lifestyle and anti aging skin care regimen can minimize the signs of Genetic Aging.
Preventing Genetic Aging
While Genetic Aging is a fact of life, there are a number of ways to minimize and reduce the existing signs of aging while preventing future lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
“Eat Your Water”:Healthy, firm skin is hydrated skin. Through The Science of Cellular Water™, as detailed in Dr. Murad’s best-selling book, The Water Secret, you can get firmer, healthier skin by building strong, watertight cells. In addition to using an anti aging skin care regimen daily, be sure to hydrate your skin from within by eating your water in the form of water-rich fruits and vegetables.
Adopt an Inclusive Health® Approach: There’s more to skin care than what anti wrinkle products you use. It’s also about making healthy lifestyle choices. Be sure to eat an anti aging diet of foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables. Protect yourself from the effects of Environmental Aging by using sun protection and reducing your exposure to pollutants and toxins where possible. Reduce Cultural Stress™ in your life and be sure to get an adequate amount of sleep.
Encourage Cell Turnover: Over time, old, dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface. In order to reveal the newer, younger-looking skin underneath, you need to exfoliate to lift away the older skin on the surface. Using a skin exfoliation product that contains alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) will encourage cell turnover and help keep your skin looking its best.
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Use Anti Aging Products Preventively: You’re never too young to begin using anti aging skin care products that increase skin firmness, maximize cell turnover and infuse the skin with antioxidants. Wrinkles start forming years before they’re clearly visible, often as early as the mid-20s. Using a preventive anti aging skin care regimen early on can minimize and delay the appearance of wrinkles, giving you younger-looking skin.
While Genetic Aging is unavoidable, you can minimize these signs of aging by taking care of your skin inside and out. Anti aging skin care products, responsible lifestyle choices and a healthy diet can all help to keep you looking younger at any age.
Product Resources for Genetic Aging
The Murad Age Reform® line of products is specifically formulated to combat the signs of Genetic Aging.
Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer®
From the Murad Age Reform® collection of anti wrinkle treatments, Intensive Wrinkle Reducer® reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increases skin firmness and improves overall skin tone.
Murad Age Reform® Night Regimen
Using Retinol, Salicylic and Glycolic Acids, Murad Age Reform products increase cell turnover and lift newer, fresher skin cells to the surface—for skin that’s younger looking with fewer lines and wrinkles.
Murad Complete Reform
This best-selling anti-aging treatment increases skin firmness by up to 61% after just one application. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliates to improve skin texture.
What Did You Just Learn About Genetic Aging?
In this section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Center, you should have learned the following points:
- Genetic Aging is the natural process of aging that happens over time to all genders, races and ethnicities.
- With age, collagen production in the skin decreases and elastin in the skin weakens.
- Hormonal Aging and Environmental Aging can worsen the impact of Genetic Aging.
- The visible signs of Genetic Aging on your skin include lines, wrinkles and loose, sagging skin.
- While you can’t prevent Genetic Aging, you can combat it by hydrating your skin inside and out, living an Inclusive Health® lifestyle and using preventive anti aging skin care products.