Age is something all of us eventually make peace with purely out of necessity. There is a lot that we can do to help counter the effects of aging for a time, but nothing can hold it off forever. Admittedly, we can do a lot to stop most kinds of aging at the very least. Premature aging, for instance, is predominantly controlled by outside sources and a few hormonal conditions that we can work against to give ourselves that added boost. Our biggest problem is that we can do relatively little about genetic aging. That’s where our products end up failing us simply because there are no products that can thoroughly rewrite or reset your genes. Genetic aging is ultimately what determines how susceptible you are to the visual signs of aging over time. Let’s take a good look at both it and its connection to the signs of aging so that you have a better understanding of the changes your body goes through.
Genetic Aging and You
Simply put, genetic aging is best characterized as the patterns of aging that you inherited from your ancestors. They’re different for each one of us. When we talk about some people aging gracefully because of “fortunate genes”, this is what we’re saying they’re fortunate about. There are timers in your genetic code that determine when you’ll start needing to deal with particular signs of aging such as fine lines and broad collagen loss. That’s also why you can have a general idea of how you’ll age by looking at your parents. Don’t worry though. You do have access to better products than they did and no genetic legacy necessary means you’ll have difficulty recognizing yourself. These timers are in place no matter what we do though. That’s why your friend might have been fighting fine lines from their mid-20s forward, but your other friend didn’t really start worrying until their 40s. Genetic aging is what we can’t change.
Genetic aging tends to be intimately connected to fine lines and collagen loss for a reason. Redness and other issues are frequently connected to external issues due such as sun damage or hormonal conditions for a reason. Everything in genetic aging tends to wrap back around to inherent collagen loss that doesn’t have any extra causes. Your body’s ability to repair itself is important to your overall health. Skin needs this capability in particular given it absorbs most of the damage we’d take each day simply from things in the atmosphere or the little scraps that the rest of us mercifully never has to notice. Collagen is required to properly repair things though. It is one of the primary structural proteins in the body and used everywhere. The most recognizable use it has though is being responsible for the firmness of your skin. When we’re young, our bodies produce enough collagen to keep things properly repaired, but our genetics eventually determine when the rate your body produces collagen will begin to slow. That’s when the problems start.
What Can I Do?
As we’ve emphasized, there is relatively little you can actively to stop genetic aging itself as it is part of you. You can help to minimize the signs though by acting against what genetic aging does to your skin. A good skincare routine can go a long way towards helping keep your skin healthy, youthful, and firm. You’ll want to focus on anti-aging products in particular for your routines though because they are designed to help boost the rate at which your skin produces collagen. That helps ensure your skin can repair things even if it is having trouble keeping up. You’ll also want to take an active hand in staying hydrated and keeping your skin moisturized. Dry skin tends to show fine lines more than other skin types and the loss of collagen in your skin makes it more susceptible to moisture loss. Some anti-aging products are also comparatively harsh and can dry out your skin. A good routine can help you age gracefully regardless of what your genetics say.
Genetic aging is the hard limit on what skincare can do for you. Think of it as the timer that says when you’ll actually start having noticeable issues with your skin’s health. Fine lines are an early warning to look for that will tell you that your skin is no longer able to keep up with the constant wear and tear. Adopting a good skincare routine will help minimize this while letting you worry less about what your genetics think. You may not be able to rewrite them, but that doesn’t stop you from writing your own skincare story.