If life is always changing, the human skin is its testament. The epidermis is vulnerable to sun, the weather and even bad habits. That having been said, there are things you can to to resist the hazards of aging skin. How badly your epidermis ages depends on how you live, eat, genetics and other details. One of the biggest factors is smoking as it produces free radicals that play havoc with the condition of your flesh. Other notable factors regarding aging skin include wrinkles, skin spots, solar exposure and a weakening of subcutaneous support–the fat between the top layer of the epidermis and your muscle. Lastly, you should worry about stress, gravity, daily facial motions, obesity and even how you sleep.
Changes That Come With Getting Old
- Rough flesh.
- Lesions like benign tumors.
- Slackening of the flesh as elastin and collagen break down over time.
- Fleshy transparency as the epidermis thins.
- Fragility of flesh as the epidermis and dermis flatten out into nearly a single layer.
- Greater susceptibility due to thinning blood vessel walls.
As you grow old UV light from the sun slowly breaks down the elastin within the body. This breakdown is what causes sagging, stretching and loss of flexibility in your complexion. This also means that your body has a harder time recovery from surface-level injuries. While photoaging may not manifest in your youth, it definitely rears its ugly face with age.
While nothing can completely reverse photoaging, your flesh has a limited ability to self-repair. This means that there is no time like the present to invest in sun exposure and anti-carcinogenic substances. You can also delay the effects of aging by minimizing solar exposure.
Changes Beneath the Epidermis
- Less fat within the face, resulting in loose flesh, sunken eyes and a skeletal complexion.
- Loss of bone around the mouth and chin, though this does not tend to manifest until a person hits their 60s and its presence is a puckering of the flesh around the mouth.
- Diminished cartilage leads to drooping of the nasal tip and highlights the nose’s bone structure.
Gravity, facial movement and how you sleep all contribute to epidermal changes in a secondary sense. Less elasticity means a greater gravitational pull on your cells, especially around the brows, eyelids, cheeks, jowls and ear lobes.
Facial movement lines start to show up at the earliest stages of lost elasticity, somewhere between age 30 and 40. Creases might start to show along the forehead, or vertically right over the nose’s root, known as a “glabella,” or even in small curves along the temples, cheeks and mouth.
Sleep creases are started by how you rest with your head along the pillow and its effects only sharpen as your flesh loses its elasticity. These creases start along the side of the forehead and center of cheeks. Changing your sleeping alignment may correct or stall sleep creases.