Editor’s note: Skin Inc. magazine recommends that all clients check with their physicians before incorporating any dietary changes.
A vast difference exists between chronological aging and physiological aging. Chronological aging is measured in years, while physiological aging is measured in decreased biological functionality. No hard and fast biological law states that after 80 years you must pack it in, yet experience tells you that maybe it is best not to make a 20-year plan.
Scientists throughout the world are studying the fundamental processes underlying aging changes, and although a great deal of progress has been made, there is much more yet to be learned. Using an analogy to farming, many fields still need to be plowed. One field that is yielding some early fruit, however, is that of inflammation and how it relates to aging. Just about every disease has some aspect of inflammation. For the esthetician to have a good understanding of aging and how it relates to acute and chronic conditions, a knowledge of the principles of inflammation is essential. Learning the basic concepts of immunology and inflammation will help the esthetician to appreciate the complexity of biological mechanisms and provide insight into the mysteries of aging.