Race And The Race Against Time

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Melanin, the substance that gives skin its color, plays a big part in how different ethnicities show the signs of aging.

With lighter skin, UV rays from the sun can penetrate more easily and deeply. As a result, skin loses moisture more quickly, and collagen breaks down more rapidly than in thicker, darker skin.

One of the main reasons that people with darker skin age differently is the photo-protective role melanin plays. Found at the bottom of epidermis, it blocks the rays that damage the dermis, acting as a built-in sun filter and stalling the signs of aging. However, this doesn’t mean that darker skin doesn’t need to be cared for properly.

In all ethnicities, aging effects in the skin can be treated with an ongoing skin-care program provided and monitored by a knowledgeable professional.

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