What happens to your skin as you age?
Your skin is bound to change with age, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects it has on your skin. Aging skin has certain features that you should look out for so you can reduce its effects.
Skin that’s becoming rougher and looser is a sure sign of the skin aging process. When you age, your skin loses elastin, which is the primary elastic tissue that keeps your skin tight and youthful looking. Skin losing elasticity is the number one reason people turn to plastic surgeons to reverse the aging process.
As you age, your epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, will begin to thin. This thinning process causes your skin to look more transparent, which results in varicose veins and other minor veins from emerging.
Your skin will also become more fragile, so it can’t withstand the same sun damage and weather conditions it once could. This fragility occurs because the epidermis and dermis end up coming together the more your age. As a result of this flattening process, you have dry aging skin that can only be treated with creams and skin care treatments.
The sun is the culprit behind the aging skin process since it causes people to age at fast rates. The UV rays that come from the sun work to damage fibers in your skin that as a result loosen it up.
In fact, the breaking down of your skin's elastic fibers causes your skin to stretch, sag, and lose its capability to snap back to its original shape after stretching. Sun exposure over extended periods of time also causes your skin to tear and bruise easily on top of taking a long time to heal.
Sun exposure won't' negatively affect your skin at a young age, but when you're older, you'll begin to feel its adverse effects on your skin.
You can prevent this skin change with age by using sunscreen and lotions whenever you go out that have some form of SPF included. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 if you want full sun coverage.
Gravity and facial movements play a secondary role in your skin aging because it's to blame for all the visible effects of the aging process.
As you age, your skin is bound to lose its elasticity, which is when gravity comes into play. When elastin fibers in your skin loosen up, gravity indirectly causes your eyebrows and eyelids to droop. Your jaw and cheeks become looser than when you were 20 years old, so you appear to have a turkey neck which is a sure sign of aging.
Facial movements start to play a part in the aging process after people reach their 30’s and 40’s. This is typically when skin begins to lose its elasticity, so horizontal lines usually appear on your forehead as well as curved lines appear around your mouth and temples.
Everyone has to age, so it’s natural for your skin to age in the process. You can take steps to reduce the effects of aging on your skin, but there’s so much you can do before nature takes its course.
Hopefully, this reading gave you an interesting look at how aging plays a role on your skin and its appearance.