What happens to your skin as you get older?
Age 25 – Visible aging of the skin starts and the skin replaces old cells more slowly.
Age 30 – More fine lines develop as collagen and elastin start to break down and the delicate skin under the eyes begins to thin.
Age 40 – Deeper lines begin to etch around the moyth and eyes. Furrows appear on the forehead and circles under the eyes may grow into pouches. Skin becomes noticeably drier.
Age 45+ – The skin becomes thinner, partly because of the hormonal changes, and more sensitive to irritating environmental factors and allergans. The skin loses much of its strength and elasticity.
Age 50+ – Age spots start to appear. This is a more common occurence for fair-skinned people.
Age, hormones, sun exposure, smoking all have a part to play in causing fine lines and wrinkles. Skin starts to feel more fragile and less elastic as we get older. As our age increases, the natural hyaluronic acid content of our skin – important for water retention – decreases.
The oil producing (sebaceous) glands become less active and your skin becomes drier. The skin also loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. It loses its youthful colour and glow as well. Gravity also kicks in, pulling down the skin and causing it to sag.
Two major components of facial aging:
– Dynamic lines which are due to muscular hyperactivity.
– Static lines which are due to volume loss.
Treating both of these main components of facial aging can lead to a natural and refreshed appearance that will take years off the aged face.