The Progression of The Aging Skin…

Facts:

  • 90% of the visible signs of aging can be attributed to sun exposure.
  • Skin is not immune to the laws of gravity.
  • Collagen and elastin production diminishes by 65% between the ages of 20 and 80.
  • The thickness of the skin decreases 6% EVERY 10 years.

The Age Breakdown:

20’s– Fine Lines make their first appearance (typically around the eyes and lips) as we make facial expressions. They typically won’t stay around once our face is relaxed, but they are a guide as to where they will form as we age.

30’s– Surface cells start to suffer mutation from environmental damage (although not apparent yet). Collagen and elastin production decrease, allowing for the skin to be less resilient. Expression lines are finding it harder to smooth out when our face is relaxed, as the deeper layers of the skin are losing volume and bounce.

40’s– Sebum (oil) production is significantly reduced which allows for fine lines and wrinkles to set in and become more apparent. The skin’s ability to snap back becomes less and less and repetitive motions like frowning, smiling, and squinting start to leave a permanent trace.

50’s– Gravity has now become the enemy. The combination of gravity with diminished collagen and elastin production now leads to skin and muscle sagging. Years of environmental damage now show on the surface along with wrinkles, keratosis growths, ‘age’ spots, and broken capillaries.

60’s, 70’s, and Beyond– Skin has become loose, and sagging is more apparent due to lack of hormonal activity, lack of sebum, as well as collagen and elastin production. Lines are no longer ‘fine’, wrinkles are visible even when the face is relaxed, and the skin is now thin.

The aging process is inevitable. For each of us it will be a little different as factors like genetics and environmental exposure will play a major role. Arming ourselves with the proper tools to combat this process perhaps is the best approach. Education about the dangers of sun exposure and other environmental risks is essential in minimizing the impact, while the new generation of cosmeceuticals, laser therapy, and other advanced cosmetic procedures allow us to slow this process down, and in many cases, reverse damage- along with the signs of aging!

So what treatments and products will benefit and assist in battling the progression of aging skin?

Stay Tuned! 😉

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