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Published : 2014-02-03 14:27
Updated : 2014-02-03 14:29

(Korea Herald)
A posting that analyses factors in skin ageing is heating up online communities.   

According to National Health Information Portal, skin ageing is affected by endogenous and exogenous factors.

Endogenous skin ageing is mainly due to free oxygen radicals that accumulate in the body and heighten the risk of skin ageing.

Exogenous skin ageing involves factors like sun exposure and smoking. Sun exposure is known to be the determining factor for skin ageing and the development of fine wrinkles. Smoking dehydrates the layer of dead skin and increases the skin’s local blood supply, which leaves skin dry and discolored.

Also, the widespread belief that face cream can wipe years off the face was found to be wrong, according to associate professor Stephen Shumack, president of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

He suggested that there is no sufficient evidence from any study to underpin the anti-ageing claims made by large cosmetic makers.

According to the expert, wearing sunscreen is the only way to slow down the skin-ageing process. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are also recommended.

By Ock Hyun-ju, Intern reporter (

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