Does your skin reflect your true age?

You might know some people who are slim, fit and full of vigor. They are alert and move around like someone nearly half their age–or even younger. Yet, their skin doesn’t look like the skin of a young person. It doesn’t necessarily look like the skin of an elderly person either, but there’s no doubt the skin is older than the body. This is what Dr. Ronert calls the “skin disconnect”–a young body with mature looking skin.

Those that experience the “skin disconnect” tend to come from a generation that understood about health-giving foods, they valued exercise and they kept their brains active. They took great care of everything, except their skin. Back then, it was cool to have an outdoors life–and a sexy tan to go with it. They spent lots of time at the beach, or on the golf course, or playing tennis, with little or no protection for the sun’s harmful UV rays.

The result: A young body with old skin. Modern methods of skin care and rejuvenation can go a long way toward correcting sun damage caused years ago, but some signs always will remain. So, while we can help people to look seven years younger than they look today, it’s not always possible to completely reverse the clock.

People from generations past would look quite different today had they protected and cared for their skin as enthusiastically as they nourished and exercised their bodies and brains. They’d still behave younger than their age in years–and they would have skin to match that inner youthfulness, with no disconnect.

In addition to the ravages of sunlight, just being out in the environment causes stress to our skin. Dry air outside and indoors damages skin cells by dehydrating them. Polluted air and water and wind all attack the skin. Tobacco smoke and other pollutants lead to a decrease in oxygen levels in the skin and accelerate aging by reducing the skin’s regenerative capabilities.

The skin also can be damaged by what is taking place inside the body. Damage at the cellular levels can be caused by poor food choices, consuming damaging substances, lack of exercise and too much mental stress.