How does aging show on the skin?
You might feel the same as your younger self on the inside. You may have just as much energy as you did at 21 (perhaps even more!) but it’s an unavoidable fact of life that your skin will start to change as you get older. The hairdressers can do wonders in covering up those pesky greys, but what about your complexion? Let’s get the lowdown on the signs of aging and what you can do to fight it. Turning back the clock might not strictly speaking be possible but it is possible to fight the telltale signs, such as crow’s feet and dull, sagging skin.
Let’s get started by identifying the signs of aging:
- Thinner skin
Now for the science bit! The outermost layer of the skin is formed by a thick stack of cells which is known as the epidermis. All skin cells, no matter their location on the body, start their lives at the bottom of the epidermis and push their way to the top and exterior as they mature. As we grow older, this process beings to slow down. This can make the skin appear thinner or ‘papery’, which many people associate with aging.
2 Dry and dull skin
We all crave a glowing complexion. Dead cells from the epidermis pile up on the surface, which can make the skin appear dry and dull – robbing us of the healthy, fresh-faced skin we crave.
3 Sagging skin
As we age, our body’s natural production of collagen begins to slow down. Collagen adds elasticity to the skin so as it’s store depletes, skin begins to sag and look less firm and not as smooth. This is one of the most obvious signs of aging as we tend to associate youth with tight, supply skin.
Smile lines. Frown lines. Wrinkles. Whatever you want to call them, decreasing elastin and collagen can lead to wrinkles popping up on your skin, making it look older. They tend to appear around the eyes, nose and mouth and can be made worse by habits such as smoking.
5 Age spots
Pigment cells multiply faster as you get older, leading to the appearance of age spots.
6 Easily bruised skin
Weakening and thinning blood vessel walls can break and bruise more easily. In addition to skin appearing thinner and less elastic, this more vulnerable skin can take longer to heal and exacerbate the other signs of aging.
While all of these signs are totally natural and part and parcel of the aging process, there are things you can do to reverse some of the signs of aging and restore vitality, luminosity, firmness and radiance to your skin.
Here’s how to fight the signs of aging
You won’t be surprised to hear that your lifestyle can affect how your skin ages. You’ll probably know the biggies – reduce your exposure to the sun and avoid smoking.
Stress and lack of sleep can also slow down your skin’s regeneration process. Try to reduce your stress levels and make sure you are getting enough sleep – at least 8 hours per night. Your diet also plays a part so in addition to drinking plenty of water, make sure you’re also eating the rainbow to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy and function properly.
2 Skincare products
Many of the signs of aging can be fought by ensuring you have the right skin products for your skin type and conditions. As you age, these products will need to adapt so look for premium ranges that are specially formulated for your stage of life and skin type.
3 Aesthetic procedures
Of course, there’s no such thing as a time machine for your skin. But there are certainly ways of regaining some of your skin’s youthful vigour.
Cosmetic procedures can seem like a big deal. However, non-surgical, aesthetic procedures can help to slow the appearance of skin aging in the least intrusive manner. You can book a consultation with us to get personalised advice on the best treatments for your skin.
Our Nottingham aesthetic clinic is bright and modern and our range of anti-aging treatments such as botox, non-surgical microdermabrasion and 3D Skinmed can give you back your confidence and your skin its bright, youthful appearance.