Inflammaging || A Skincare Term You Should Probably Be Aware Of

Inflammaging

I just came across a skin related term.. Inflammaging – a portmanteau of “inflammation” and “aging”. Turns out it’s an evolving medical term used to describe the foremost cause of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. In other words, it stands for chronic inflammation which plays a big part in the aging process, resulting in  changes in body tissues. Unfortunately, once the damage is done, it’s nearly impossible to reverse…

After digging deep into this condition, I further discovered that inflammaging does not solely refer to the skin, it is a full-body health phenomenon mentioned in medicinal literature.. It covers chronic, low-grade inflammation and its potential contribution to age-associated diseases, which include everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

 

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Skin-specific symptoms of chronic inflammation include wrinkles and crow’s feet, uneven tone and texture, and a slowdown of cells’ self-healing functions. When the body is continuously exposed to inflammation triggers, it can wear on cells and cause premature aging.. Not necessarily a bad thing, it’s simply our bodies’ way of self protection.

 

What Causes Skin Inflammation?

#1 The sun..

#2 Environmental toxins, like cigarette smoke and pollution

#3 Diets high in meat and sugars and low in vegetables

 

What Should You Be Doing To Avoid Inflammaging?

#1  Skincare products with antioxidants are the way to go. Both topical and internal antioxidants have been proven to be beneficial to treat signs of photo-aging and combat inflammation.. Vitamins A, C, and E are known for neutralizing free radicals.

#2 A low glycemic diet and avoiding red meat would be helpful.

 

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#3 Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are fats that our bodies can’t create for themselves, and must be obtained through the diet.  These include omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.  EFAs are important for proper cellular membrane structure and function and can influence changes outside the cell, within the cell surface membrane, and inside the cell.

 

What To Do If You’re A Victim Of Inflammaging?

#1 Repair sun damage, as the sun impairs the skin’s ability to heal itself so you need to focus on restoring that function. Products that contain DNA repair enzymes and epidermal growth factor (EGF).

#2 Retinoids have also been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects. You can reach for an over-the-counter version. Those may help reverse any fine lines or texture issues caused by sun and pollution exposure.