When you start noticing signs of aging, it can be difficult to deal with. Many women report feeling less attractive, a loss of confidence and a strange realization of their own mortality. After all, old age is always ten years older than you are right now- right? While we should be lucky to grow older (since it’s a luxury denied to many), there are ways you can keep hold of your youthful good looks for as long as possible. Here are five common signs of skin aging, and what you can do to combat them.
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As we age, hormonal changes in the body make skin thinner, drier and therefore more prone to damage. Collagen and elastin which keep the skin supple and elastic begin to diminish, and fine lines start to appear. Eventually, these lines become more pronounced, and the skin can take on a wrinkled appearance. While there’s nothing you can do about the body’s internal aging process, factors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and other drugs can all take their toll. Therefore quitting these will hugely benefit your skin. Keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and protected from the elements will also prevent the acceleration of aging. Eating the right foods to nourish from the inside out also keeps skin at its best, and can improve the overall appearance as well as slow down the aging process.
Doctors are unsure of exactly why age spots develop in some people, but from a scientific point of view, we know that it’s the result of excess melanin or skin pigment. These flat brown or black spots aren’t dangerous, but they can look unpleasant and can cause distress and a lack of confidence. Spending time in the sun is a major risk factor, so quitting the tanning beds and sunbathing while you’re still young is advisable. Always wear SPF and cover up with light, long layers where you can. Age spots can be treated with prescription medication from the doctor causing them to fade, or you could look into skin whitening products which have been shown to be effective. Medical procedures such as lasers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are other alternatives.
Loss of Volume
As well as being a cause of wrinkles, declining levels of elastin and collagen can also lead to the loss of volume in the skin. It’s suggested that we lose 1% collagen each year so is something that will get progressively worse. Anti-aging products containing magnolol, oligo peptides and hyaluronic acid are all said to help combat this effect. For more severe loss of volume- fillers, fat transfer procedures, and even cheek implants can help to restore a youthful appearance to the face. Of course, you should always carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a surgical procedure. Look into the risks and how long the treatment lasts for.
Do you take any steps to protect your skin, or reduce aging? Have you already started noticing some of these signs?