Aging of Skin

Aging and the Skin

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The skin on your face is naturally thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, this is due to the fact that we use our faces to monitor changes in temperature, atmospheric conditions. Also our faces convey important communication and expression of feelings. This is why the first signs of aging are seen on the face.

By the time we have become adults, the life span of skin cells have decreased a lot: The average lifespan of a skin cell as an adolescent is 100 days, for an adult it is plus-minus 50 days. 

The Skin's Aging Process

Between Ages 20 - 25 

The first sign of aging is the appearance of a wrinkle. The appearance of wrinkles and all stages of aging can be accelerated by:

  • Genetics.
  • Exposure to sunlight.
  • Smoking.
  • Pollution.
  • Wind, dry air, changes in temperature, humidity.
  • Dietary imbalance.
  • Diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
  • Stress.
  • Changes in hormonal balances.
  • Gravity. 

Small, fine horizontal wrinkles will usually appear first, usually found between the eye brows and outer corner of the eyes. These are called wrinkles of expression. 

At this point, light freckles may occur as a result of too much exposure to the sun. 

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Between Ages 25 - 35

  • More horizontal lines of expression may appear. They will usually appear on the forehead and around the mouth.
  • Faint vertical lines may start to appear, also called " lowering wrinkles". These are the lines between the outer corners of the nostril and the outer corners of the mouth.  
  • These are due to changes in the hypodermis of the skin as gravity pulls fatty cells downwards. 
  • The skin may also seem softer, especially around the neck region. 
  • Brown, irregular patches of skin may appear if the skin is exposed to too much sun. 

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Between Ages 35 - 45

The wrinkles of expression will gradually:

  • Sag,
  • Deepen,
  • Become permanent

The appearance of criss-cross wrinkles in the neck may occur. Moisturizing at this point starts to become very important (especially in the neck area) due to:

  • Fewer fat cells
  • Fewer sebaceous glands

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Between Ages 45 - 55

Changes that may occur:

  • Facial contours begin to change as bones thin.
  • Skin loses some elasticity due to less Elastin in the dermis of the skin. 
  • Skin may have retained its collagen, but may have become drier and softer. 
  • The skin's ability to retain water is less (it only has the capacity to retain one third of what it did when you where a child). 
  • The rate of aging increases. 
  • The epidermis is thinner. 
  • Elastin continues to disappear. 
  • Collagen structure changes. 

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Between the Ages of 55 - 65

  • The lower jaw may change the shape of the face. 
  • The skin's texture thickens on the face and neck. 
  • Collagen continues to be disrupted. 
  • Cells that are responsible for Elastin will disappear altogether. 

After the Age of 65

Changes that take place:

  • The healing processes of the skin will take longer. 
  • Bruising may become more frequent. 
  • The body finds it more difficult to remove waste products. 
  • The skin is less sensitive because of reduced blood circulation. 
  • Skin becomes more prone to infections.
  • Production of Viamin D and protection from the sun is less. 

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