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Ways your skin changes with age

Published: Thu February 28, 2013
Categories: Top 5 Advice
Tags: beauty, ceramides, Change, Changing, Dehydration, glowing skin, hormone, hyperpigmentation, Inadequate Moisturiser, ingredients, microdermabrasion, Top 5, Ways To Treat Dehydrated Skin

If you’re working as a skincare professional – or you are just interested in anatomy – you might well know, that your skin is your bodies’ largest organ. Quite simply, you can’t survive without it. During life, it’s also a barrier that protects you from the harsh environments nature throws at us. As your body’s primary caRER, your shield and protection over a lifetime, even well cared for skin absorbs a tremendous amount of abuse.

Think about it: It protects your internal organs from the sun's damaging rays, extreme hot and cold temperatures, and water -- not to mention a multitude of aggressive bacteria and viruses that might otherwise make you very sick. On top of all this, your skin must also repair itself when it’s hurt. It's continually healing little wounds, scrapes & bruises. Ironically, the size and familiarity of your skin makes it easy to take for granted. And many, many people do. So while It's no surprise that although everyone starts life with taut, smooth baby skin, all humans wind up looking a bit wrinkly as they reach old age.

However, your behaviors dictate only part of skin deterioration. No matter how careful you might be, the effects of aging always take an inevitable toll, manifested in sags, wrinkles, discolouration and other skin issues that many people wish would never appear. Some skin experts divide skin aging into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging refers to the effects your genetic makeup has on your aging process. Much as some people develop gray hair in their 20s, others are prone to earlier evidence of skin aging.


Extrinsic aging refers to external environmental factors, such as sun exposure, smoking and even habitual muscle movements (most noticeable in the face), that play a major role in the wear and tear on your skin. These are the conditions that, in some cases, you can actually control through your own behavior. But there are 5 primary ways your skin changes as you age. Here they are:

1. It’s harder to Hydrate: As you age, your skin will likely become drier. You may see more flakes that fall from your skin. This happens because as your skin ages, it produces fewer natural moisturising oils, in part due to the decrease in hormone production. A cream can significantly improve skin condition. Vitamin A decreases the rate of collagen breakdown. Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps maintain skin firmness. A diet high in vitamin A (this includes more oranges, carrots, eggs and other foods loaded with vitamin A) may also help, and doctor’s say increasing intake of antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 foods helps, too (You can read our blog on Vitamin A here).

2. It thins: The older we get the thinner our skin tends to become. You might have noticed how the elderly often have skin so think, it can appear translucent. Slower skin cell regeneration is another major cause of thinning as we age.  Thinning occurs partly because your skin loses some of the fatty layer that lies below the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. Less fat means less cushioning, and thus, your skin breaks and bruises more easily.

3. Why the ‘Sag’ Face? When it comes to our skin – the sagging is partly due to the aforementioned thinning of the skin that takes place during the aging process. Decreasing levels of skin fat, collagen and elastin mean sagging skin becomes more prominent all over the body. However, these changes are especially evident in facial features, which dangle and wiggle more than they did when you were younger.


Skin Tip: The best way to stop the skin sagging is to look after your skin properly when you’re younger.

4. Pigmentation: As we get older, pigmentation appears on skin that gets the most exposure to sunlight. “Age spots” or sunspots are caused by damaging ultraviolet light (UV) from the sun UV accelerates the production of a dark pigment called melanin.  Sun Spots are actually a reaction from your skin as it tries to protect itself from the sun. Using the solarium accesslorates this, as does baking out in the sun.


5. Wrinkles: Until your 20s, your face is most commonly wrinkle free. However, as we reach our 30’s and beyond you'll begin noticing the appearance of what doctors call “motor wrinkles” which are creases and wrinkles that occur due to muscle and skin movement. The most obvious areas of motor wrinkles are around the eyes, especially if you've had a lot of exposure to the sun's rays or spend an inordinate amount of time squinting at a computer monitor. It’s importance to take care of your skin in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s to prevent your skin from ageing harshly in your 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Using the appropriate Sunscreen & moisturiesers that suit your skins requirements.

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