Aging Skin Sign #9: Wrinkles and Lines
Worry lines, laugh lines, smokers wrinkles, marioniette lines. We’ve got them cute names for these wrinkles, but they’re really not that funny when you to have to look at them every morning in the mirror. They all develop when the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin no longer have strength and flexibility. Sunlight is the major culprit here as UV rays fry these stretchable skin fibers. Free radicals from smoking, alcohol and stress are also thought to contribute to collagen destruction. When these fibers can no longer adjust to movement, lines and wrinkles develop much the way that after time a pair of slim jeans start to wrinkle at the knees.
There are countless products out there which claim to encourage collagen growth and some of them actually work!
Aging Skin Sign #10: Under Eye Bags
Allergies are often the cause of under -eye baggy skin. When allergies strike, the area fills up with fluid, stretching out the delicate undereye tissue. Over time, the skin becomes permanently loose and stretched out. If you get allergies every spring, its possible to develop under-eye bags in your thirties. As years go by, even if you don’t have allergies, sun damage and normal wear and tear will damage collagen fibers that result in loose under eye skin. Like dark circles, under-eye bags can be challenging to fix. If you are under 40, controlling allergies cn make a big difference in under-eye tissue. If you are older, the skin has permanently distended and effective treatment can call for lasers or surgery. That might sound scary, but I’m glad I have a true perspective of the problem.
Aging Skin Sign#11: Rough Texture
Enlarged pores and rough pebbly texture make the skin look older and less attractive. However its not part of natural aging, and if you protect your skin from the sun, rough texture should be other peoples problem. If you do have this problem, I’m delighted to tell you that it responds beautifully to easy treatments. This type of thickened skin has quite a few wrinkles, all of which can be repaired. I have seen friends concerned about their lines, and are not really aware of the impact their rough skin texture has on their appearance. Its both important to your appearance and simple to deal with.
Aging Skin Sign# 12: Dry Skin
Last, but not least, we end with dry skin. This skin feels tight, itchy, chapped and often looks flaky and reddened. It looks and feels dry because the normal moisture levels are too low. The water levels in the skin are heavily controlled by two factors– natural moisturing factors which apparently decline as we get older and hormonal factors which control oil production in the skin. The natural skin oils on acts like plastic wrap to help the skin hold moisture. As the hormonal levels decline, ( isn’t monopause the gift that just keeps on giving), there is less oil to seal in moisture. A well-designed daytime moisturizer should offer you both water -attracting compounds and a sunscreen in an emolliant base. This will help you retain a nice healthy water balance as well as protect you from the aging rays of the sun.
Please remember that while dry skin can make your skin look more lined, dry skin does NOT cause lines and wrinkles. A good moisturizer will soothe chapped, flaky skin and make fine lines look less apparent.– much the way soaking a raisin in hot water will plump up the surface. But the jury is still out whether ingredients like collagen or vitamin E can affect skin aging. A good moisturizer is essential for skin beauty, but it has its limitations.
It’s easy to relieve dry skin. Modern moisturizer formulations will provide all day relief. When a daytime moisturizer is pumped up with a 30SPF sunscreen you are actually preventing lines, wrinkles and under eye shadows.
Next time: A close-up of my face that shows personal aging problems and a master plan to deal with them.