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What is environmental skin aging?

Environmental skin aging is exactly that: aging accelerated by the elements you encounter from the outside world. This can entail UV radiation from the sun, but also air pollution, invasions of pathogens like bacteria and viruses, chemicals, and mechanical stress (e.g., constant tugging and pulling, as in the small crease you’ve got to the right of your mouth because you favor that side when you smile). Of all these external sources of age accelerators, UV radiation is the most influential one. Also called photoaging, it can damage the skin to such an extent that the skin prematurelyages.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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