Skin discolorations, such as age spots, blemishes and acne scars can be frustrating, making us add filter to all of our selfies. (Butterfly crowns, anyone?)
The skin goes through many changes throughout a person’s life, from the acne-riddled teen years to the middle aged with age spots dotting skin everywhere. There are many elements that affect our skin and can stem from both genetics and external factors, such as sun exposure, while scars, spots or discolorations can appear over time.
Most skin discolorations, freckles and age spots are not harmful, even though they can be maddening. But even though most skin discolorations may be harmless, it is important to contact a dermatologist if you notice any new, irregularly shaped or rapidly growing moles or other discolorations.
Pimples are the bane of most young adults’ existence. They are painful when they are beginning, and they look and feel repulsive once they have arrived. But that's not all. After that pimple has departed, it leaves you with a farewell gift in the form of a scar. The ghastly mark is deliberate proof that you had a pimple, and it is unsightly.
When acne breakouts penetrate the skin, they damage both the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne disappears, the body attempts to repair the damage. During the healing process, the body produces collagen which is an essential substance that gives your skin support. If the body produces too little collagen, you will develop a scar.
For age spots
, the easiest way to maintain your skin's youthful appearance is to prevent them in the first place by avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen on a regular basis. For the rest of us that have already been damaged by too much fun in the sun, or are already pocked with a faceful of acne scars, there is a vast array of options ranging from laser treatments costing $400-$1500 per treatment to bleaching creams that can possibly irritate the skin and leave a halo effect around the spots.
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If you’ve searched for anti-aging solutions at any point in the last few years, you’ve likely come across some sort of collagen product promising smoother, firmer skin. Like kale was the powerhouse health staple in the early 2000s, collagen is the new “it” ingredient—particularly in the skincare world. That’s because collagen is to skin like calcium is to your bones or vitamin C is for immunity. Why? A whopping 75% to 80% of our skin is made up of collagen , and it lays the groundwork for youthful, uplifted, firm and bouncy skin.
But here’s the thing—consuming any food source or supplement containing collagen won’t bestow the results you can see and feel. People are flocking toward bone broth and collagen powders without considering one crucial factor: the collagen’s ability to actually reach the skin and effect visible change once it’s consumed. You see, collagen molecules in their natural state are too large to be digested and absorbed—and they’re certainly not getting to the skin.
In simple terms, your body can’t deliver regular collagen to where it needs to be. What you need to look for is a very specific type of collagen with excellent bioavailability; in other words, you need collagen that actually enters your body’s circulation system so it can effectively work its magic.
Most of us take sleep for granted as sleeping is a basic human need, like breathing, eating, or drinking water. You've probably heard it a thousand times, from your mom to your doctor, why it's important to have quality sleep as it will affect the way you look, feel, and perform throughout the day.
Getting sufficient sleep is vital to your health and well-being, as the body works to repair and restore itself while you sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you secrete fewer hormones and slow down the body’s repair processes. Unfortunately, many of us lead busy, over scheduled lives and don't get the amount of sleep time we need each night. We probably won't even notice the difference until the signs of aging shows up on our skin, hair and body.
Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity,
immune deficiency and most recently, it has been scientifically proven that can also result in premature aging.
To understand how and why lack of sleep has such a significant impact on our body, it's important to understand what happens when we sleep.
I grew up just outside of San Francisco. We lived in a nice cul-de-sac of newly constructed homes. I remember being in 3rd grade moving away from our smaller, older home in the Sunset district known for its side-by-side houses and fog.
To me, the other families around us seemed to be normal and happy—young families creating lives together.
Two girls who went to the same elementary school as my brothers and I lived a few houses away with their parents. From the outside, their lives seemed perfectly happy. They went to school just like us. Their parents would wave to us as we drove by and would stop by if we were outside and talk with my parents.
Then it all changed. We would hear arguing once in a while. Then the arguing became more frequent and more intense. Eventually, we stopped seeing the father doing normal household chores like taking out the garbage or washing the cars. Word spread that the parents had separated and gotten divorced.
Overnight, their mother looked like she had aged 10 years. What was once jet black hair had gone gray. What was once a youthful glow in her skin became a shade of drab.
How did she age so quickly? How was this possible? This was one of my first memories seeing stress drain the youth out of someone’s appearance.
Now that we got that out of the way, what causes this rapid aging?