Influencing Factors on your Skin

Extrinsic aging is the biggest reason your skin starts loosing it’s young polished look. Extrinsic aging is caused by external influencing factors on your skin.  Some of the external factors that are included are pollution, smoking, your diet, the sun, and free radicals.  The DMK Home Prescriptive range was developed to improve and extend progress made through our professional treatments.


Accelerated aging has been linked to pollution since it can break down the collagen and the lipid layer of the skin, inhibiting any skin barrier functions.  Most people don’t know that polluted particles in the air are only a fraction of the size of your pore.


Smoking as we know is all around bad for our entire body,  but since the chemicals from a cigarette are absorbed through our blood stream, which constricts blood vessels and keeps any nutrients from reaching our skin cells.  This means our skins process of repair and renewal is slowed way down in smokers, which results in reduced elasticity and wrinkles.


When it comes to diet certain nutrients play a crucial role in the normal functioning of the skin. Deficiencies in Vitamin C can result in improper collagen synthesis. People that have diets high in vitamins, E and C, carotenoids and polyunsaturated fats have been noted to have improved skin protection against sun damage and the effects of free radicals.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules produced by complex chemical processes in the body, that can damage all living cells. They are one of the main offenders responsible for rapid aging of the skin. The skin is especially effected  by external free radical damage, such as ultraviolet light from the sun and other pollutants around you. However, the most common source of free radicals is created during the body’s normal fuel burning, as a by-product. Left to their own devices, free radicals damage other healthy cells through a process called oxidation, similar to the way apples turn brown or rust destroys metal.

Sun Damage

Photo-aging is a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial UV radiation (tanning beds), and it is the number one culprit in premature aging. There are two types of UV radiation, UVB and UVA. UVB radiation penetrates the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and not only damages DNA in this layer, but also causes mutations in otherwise healthy skin cells. Overtime, pre-cancers and skin cancers can occur.  UVA radiation not only penetrates the epidermis, but travels down deep into the dermal layers of the skin and can damage blood vessels, elastin and collagen. This is why over exposure to the sun causes deep wrinkling and reduces the overall resilience of your skin, which leads to sagging skin. In response to this assault, your skin begins to produce dark brown pigmentation, called melanin. Melanin makes your skin look darker, but over time increased melanin production becomes uneven, causing dark patches or age spots on the skin.

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