At the age of 25 the first signs of ageing start to become apparent on the surface of the skin. Fine lines appear first, and over time wrinkles, a loss of volume and a loss of density become noticeable.
Our skin ages for a variety of different reasons. Of these reasons not all are inevitable and cannot be changed. However the others can be controlled to an extent by a holistic approach to prevention.
Understanding the way that internal and external factors affect the skin’s structure and function can help to inform choices about treatment and prevention.
AGEING HAPPENS IN EVERY LAYER OF THE SKIN
Changes within the skin’s layers show themselves on the surface as signs of ageing.
A slower cell turnover and reduction in lipid production on the skins surface means roughness and dryness are more likely. As this particular layer of the skin ages, it becomes more sensitive to UV light. The skin is less efficient at healing itself, and a reduction in immune function can lead to an increase in skin infections, together with slower wound healing.
From the age of 25, there is a 1% annual decrease in collagen, one of the ‘building blocks’ of the skin. Together with a decline in elastin this leads to dermal tissue disorganisation. The structure of the skin is compromised and wrinkles are more likely. Elasticity is reduced, making the skin more prone to damage and broken capillaries. Reduced blood flow means a less efficient delivery of nutrition and oxygen to the surface. This leads to a decrease of the rosy glow enjoyed by youthful skin.
Sub dermal layers
In the deeper layers, the most notable changes are to the size and number of lipid-storing cells in the adipose layer. This decrease has a knock-on effect on loss of volume, and can lead in turn to deep wrinkles, hollow cheeks and impaired wound healing.
Signs Of Skin Aging
Dark spots, also called hyper pigmentation are caused by a variety of reasons. It could be caused by sun damage, inflammation, skin injuries or even acne.
Ageing as well as the act of gaining and losing weight reduces the tautness of skin and gives an impression of loose skin and a perpetually tired look.
Dull glow-less skin
Dryness is exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning. It causes the skin to flake, chap and feel tight.
Lines & wrinkles
These are a natural, unavoidable part of ageing. But, young people may get wrinkles way before their time due to excessive damage from the sun or by smoking.
Apart from being uncomfortable, dry skin creates scaly lines and wrinkles and is not to appealing to look at. Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled.
It is generally caused by differences in melanin content in different parts of the skin, but could also be caused by vascular (blood vessels) changes or the growth of foreign organisms on the skin.
Open pores are sometimes referred to as a “strawberry nose”. However they can occur anywhere on the face, back, chest or upper arms.
Aging can leave its mark on your neck, too. The skin on the neck is thinner than most other parts of the body and this causes faster loss of elasticity with age. This in turn leads to ”turkey neck”– the flabby, loose skin that sort of hangs a bit.
Dark Circles under the Eyes
Another of the earliest visible signs of aging can be seen in and around your eyes. The delicate skin around your eyes is extremely thin and becomes even thinner with age. Also, loss of fat and collagen due to aging makes the skin more translucent, making the blood vessels under the eyes more visible.
Droopy eyelids occur when the edge of the upper eyelid falls to a lower position than normal. Sometimes, droopy eyelids can cover the pupil and even interfere with your vision.
This problem primarily occurs as the skin around the eyes loses its elasticity, affecting its ability to hold up the increased weight of the eyelid skin tissue.
Tips To Prevent Skin Again
Wear sunscreen I love the sun and spend as much time in it as possible, but I never walk out the door without sunscreen on my face. UV radiation from the sun damages your skin and promotes aging.
2# EXERCISE REGULARLY
Studies have shown that exercising regularly decreases the chance for chronic disease, depression and cognitive decline, and can keep your skin looking younger, too. Exercise can reduce inflammation in the body which keeps your immune system strong to fight off illness as you get older. Do something that makes you work up a sweat to release toxins through your skin to keep it healthy and glowing. And make sure you’re doing something you love — you’re more likely to make it a long-term habit if you’re enjoying yourself.
3# Eat fish
Some evidence suggests that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are particularly beneficial to the skin.
4# Don’t smoke
Smoking is one of the easiest ways to look older than you really are and shorten your life at the same time. Avoid both primary and secondary smoke like the plague.
5# SLEEP WELL
Lack of adequate sleep, especially chronic sleep loss, can increase the likelihood of age-related disease. When you’re low on sleep, your hormones can become out of balance and your blood pressure can increase, raising your risk of heart problems and stroke. Lack of sleep can also interfere with insulin sensitivity, which increases your risk of diabetes. Establishing a routine pattern of going to bed and waking up around the same time each day is the most important thing you can do to establish good sleep habits.
6# Take vitamin D
Some research suggests that vitamin D may be particularly important in slowing the aging process. The jury is still out on the value of vitamin D supplements for aging, but they seem to have enough other benefits that it’s worth the investment.
7# Drink Plenty of Water
Human body is made up of 60% water and day-to-day routines deplete this valuable resource which needs to be replenished. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day – more is obviously better. Having adequate water content in the body will keep your internal organs hydrated as well as in good working condition. Additionally, it can help your digestive system run smoothly and stop bowel irregularity. Last but not least, it’ll help your actual skin look flexible, vibrant and supple by keeping it hydrated and flushing out wastes from the body.
8# Avoid refined sugar and white flour products
There is collagen under your skin. It is responsible for skin tone; when it is weak, wrinkles form. When you eat sugar, your body has to break it down in a process called glycation; and glycation actually damages collagen. Thinking of trading that donut in for a bagel? Think again; the body treats white, refined flour products the same way that it treats sugar.
9# Red wine
Red wine has a powerful anti-aging compound in it known as resveratrol. Though it is unlikely that the dosage of resveratrol in red wine is high enough to impact lifespan, drinking alcohol in moderation is also associated with decreased risk of heart disease and other vascular problems.
10# Be happy
The physical damage caused to your body by stress has only recently become appreciated by the scientific community. Fill your life with things you love and get rid of almost everything else. Practice stress relieving activities like meditation and exercise, and learn to appreciate joy when you find it. Happiness does a body good.
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