What happens naturally as you age is that your body makes less of all the good stuff,which translates into more challenges. Less melanin (melanocytes drop off by 10 to 20 percent every decade) means more susceptibility to UV rays, more brown spots (white spots too, in some people), more wrinkling, a paler overall appearance, and a higher risk of skin cancer. Hence every skin doc’s mantra for her patients: sunscreen, shade, hats, and more sunscreen. Also, the top layer thins, becoming a less effective barrier to bad guys from the outside and moisture loss from the inside. And the number of immune defenders, those Langerhans cells, drops off, which makes skin extra vulnerable to infection and cancer.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.
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