How skin changes with age

The changes in your skin happen slowly over time. You look in the mirror every day and start to notice fine lines around your eyes and forehead.

It’s good to remind yourself that this is a natural part of getting older but it certainly doesn’t make it easier, especially when you’re looking at old photos. But that baby bottom smooth skin doesn’t have to be a thing of the past.

It’s important to continue to look after your skin, now more than ever. It just has different needs now than it did when you were younger.

Skin ageing happens at different rates for everyone. It depends on your lifestyle, genetics and external influences. External ageing, for example, is exposure to sun, smoking and personal traits like muscle movements. As your skin weakens, these physical effects start to become obvious.

You’ll notice your skin becomes drier, too. It produces fewer natural moisturising oils, partly due to decreasing hormone production. This is why good quality skincare is critical as it can help combat dryness, sealing the moisture. Pick a cream that’s rich in vitamin A – the natural method of decreasing the rate of collagen breakdown. Collagen is a protein that maintains that firm feeling.

The skin also gets thinner, revealing more blood vessels that younger, more puffy skin masks. As the skin loses some of the fatty layer that lies below the epidermis, the surface layer of skin, less fat means the skin is more prone to bruises and the slower the cell regeneration.

Sun exposure is your skin’s worst enemy, breaking down elastin fibres – a protein in connective tissues that helps the skin return to their original form after movement. The less elastin, the more fragile the skin.

With less fat, collagen and elastin in the skin, it starts to sag. Sagging can be caused by many reasons, such as losing weight. This is one of main causes of stretch marks. Estrogen production also decreases, a hormone which works to keep skin tight and supple.

It’s natural for the skin to thin, get dry and begin to sag. Age spots are common, as well as wrinkles and lines, of course.

Remember, everyone goes through this. No matter how much you care for your skin, no one is exempt from the grasp of ageing.

We offer a full range of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler designed to both treat and prevent the signs of ageing. Fillers can round out some of your features again. If you’re self-conscious about wrinkles and fine lines, speak to one of our experienced doctors in Adelaide today on 8333 0333.

Good skin doesn’t have to be a thing of the past.

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