It’s something we all face. We can’t escape it. And no, we’re not talking about taxes. We’re talking about aging. Those fine lines that begin to etch deeper into your skin and your skin becomes less tight and has faded in color. You notice when you look into the mirror and look over photos of yourself, and are all of a sudden surprised.
We’re going to go over how your skin ages through the years decade by decade, to allow you to better care for your skin.
Environmental damage such as smoke, polluted dirty air and constant exposure to damaging UV rays from the Sun begin to take their toll on skin.
The Result: Free radicals wage attack on the skin’s structure, on what makes the skin youthful in appearance. As a result, skin cell renewal rates begin to decline.
Collagen and elastin degrade. Collagen is very important in how your skin looks and feels. It’s the main component that gives firmness and shape to skin. And elastin helps skin return to its original position when it is pinched or poked.
The Result: Skin cell renewal further declines leading to a duller complexion and uneven skin tone.
Now skin has become thinner and barrier lipids are not as prominent. Barrier lipids provide a barrier against movement of water and electrolytes, and a barrier against microorganism invasion.
The Result: More prominent signs of aging take place with drier skin and possible dark spots and more outright dullness in appearance.
The barrier lipids are further weakened.
The Result: Skin becomes even drier and begins to show more significant wrinkles, deeper fine lines and pigmentation and discoloration issues.
Sounds depressing, right? Don’t worry. There are ways to slow down this train we call aging that seems to be barreling down on you at full speed. Proper skincare steps need to be taken, to help you look younger for years to come.
What changes have you seen in your skin over the years? And what has worked best to slow down the aging process? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.