What Happens To The Skin As A Person Gets Older

What Happens To The Skin As A Person Gets Older

One thing you can be guaranteed of when it comes to getting older is that your body will undergo various changes.

While these are gradual, they can still be surprising at times, such as when it comes to the changes experienced by your skin.

What are the causes of skin changes?

Your diet, lifestyle, other personal habits, as well as heredity, all affect the way your skin changes as you age.

For example, if you’re a smoker or love the sun, these can contribute to skin problems such as wrinkles. 

With that in mind, let’s look at what you can expect from your skin as you age.

There are lifestyle habits that can affect your skin as well as the normal aging process that will – but you can deal with both of them and age more gracefully. 

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The Sun: One Of The Biggest Culprits Of Skin Aging 

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While skin cancer might be the first thing you think about when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, there are other ways in which the sun’s UV rays can have a damaging effect.

Photoaging is one of the biggest concerns you should have when it comes to how your skin ages.

It’s defined as how UV light exposure ages your skin prematurely. What happens is that the harsh UV rays damage the skin’s elastin which can lead to sagging.

This also makes your skin bruise more easily, as Medicine Net reports.

The great thing is that you can prevent photoaging by staying out of the sun and always making sure that you wear broad-spectrum sunscreen when you can’t avoid it. 

Age-Related Skin Changes And How To Deal With Them

When you’re young, the fat that’s underneath the skin of your face is evenly distributed.

There are pockets of fat in various places, such as around the eyes, that give the skin a smooth, plump appearance.

However, as you age, that fat starts to lose volume and it actually moves downward so that the skin becomes loose, as Harvard Health reports.

It’s clear to see how your fat ages has a direct effect on the skin that’s covering it.

For example, when you lose fat underneath your skin it can make the skin around the chin, eyes, and cheeks seem more drawn and saggy.

While loss of fat volume is part and parcel of aging, there are some factors that can make it worse, such as free radical damage.

Free radicals are byproducts of oxygen metabolism and they damage living cells and tissues.

They also break down elastin and collagen, making skin appear loose and less full.

To fight them, you need to make sure you eat lots of antioxidants and avoid free radical damage by following healthy lifestyle habits, such as staying out of the sun and quitting smoking. 

Your Skin And Its Oil Production

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Hydrated skin is skin that looks smooth and less wrinkled.

Your skin naturally keeps skin moisturized with its oil production.

As you age, however, your skin produces less natural oils that keep it soft and hydrated.

This can make your skin dry, which also enhances wrinkles.

Lifestyle changes go a long way to helping you out.

Showering with warm instead of hot water will be gentle on your skin and prevent it from drying out, for instance.

Other factors that can cause skin dehydration are extreme temperatures, air conditioning, and alcohol, so they are also worth avoiding as much as possible. 

What Causes Wrinkles?

Earlier, we spoke about how loss of fat volume in the face can cause the skin to sag and look older.

What about wrinkles?

If you’re a smoker and/or a sun worshipper, this can result in wrinkled skin from free radical damage, but skin will wrinkle naturally as you age, due to the expressions you make with your faces, such as frowning and smiling, every day.

Over time, lines are formed because of how the facial muscles pull on the skin and result in it becoming creased.

In addition to the above, as you age you lose collagen, the protein structure in the skin that keeps it firm and supple.

The body produces collagen but it starts to decrease its production from around the age of 25.

As the Huffington Post reports, other factors can also decrease the body’s  production of collagen, such as sugar consumption, smoking, and UV rays.

Consuming protein is important to maintain as much collagen as you can, because protein contains amino acids that can produce collagen.

Natural Remedies For Senior Skincare 

Although there are many different chemical products you can use to treat aging skin, these are not always good to use.

It’s better to look after your skin with natural remedies that won’t cause you harm.

Here are some to try so your skin can glow.

Sleep On Silky Pillows 

Sleeping On Silk Pillows

You might not think that your sleeping habits can affect how your skin ages, but they certainly can!

Pressing your face into a pillow every night can cause your skin to crease, resulting in wrinkles.

Invest in silk pillowcases that are gentle on the skin and prevent your face from being pushed against the material.

You might also want to try to get into the habit of sleeping on your back to further prevent your skin from becoming wrinkled.  

Give Yourself A Massage

This is an easy treatment for wrinkles that you can do at home, and all you need is a handheld facial massage device.

As Healthline reports, this is said to prevent wrinkles by boosting the production of proteins that keep your skin smooth.

If you don’t have a device, you can simply use your fingers to do the massage.

It’s really easy: for about five minutes, simply apply pressure to your skin with your fingers and use circular movements.

Try An Egg Face Mask

Woman Applying Egg Face Mask

Eggs are filled with skin-boosting ingredients, such as fatty acids, which is why they’re often the go-to natural ingredient for making skin smoother and firmer.

Although no medical evidence proves that egg whites do tighten the skin, they do offer temporary youthfulness.

As The Derm Review reports, the proteins in eggs help to bring moisture to the skin, which makes the skin appear plumper and makes lines less noticeable. 

StyleCraze has a really easy recipe you can try to make the most of egg’s benefits: Mix together one egg white, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and half a teaspoon of milk cream.

Apply it to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse it off with cold water.

Home Ingredients To Avoid Putting On Your Skin

Although the ingredients you find in your kitchen are natural, they’re not all safe to use.

Avoid using the following on your skin:

  • Cinnamon. While it’s known for being an anti-inflammatory ingredient, cinnamon can burn your skin. It’s too harsh.
  • Baking soda. This might be an excellent exfoliating agent, but if your skin is sensitive to it then you could experience rashes or redness from using it.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Although it often features in DIY skincare remedies, apple cider vinegar is bad for your skin. It removes the skin’s protective layer and this can make it red, as Insider reports. 

Some Of The Healthiest Skin Foods To Eat 

Skin Health Food

Earlier we mentioned the importance of eating collagen-rich foods such as protein (think eggs, lean meat, legumes and beans).

But that’s not the only way to boost your skin’s youthfulness.

You should include the following healthy foods to your diet so that you can reap their anti-aging benefits. 

Olive Oil 

You know it’s healthy, but did you know that olive oil is really good for your skin?

Approximately 70 percent of olive oil is made up of monounsaturated fat, which is linked to firmer, elastic skin, as a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found.

One reason why monounsaturated fats are so good for aging skin is that they preserve the skin’s moisture. 

Beta Carotene Vegetables 

Beta carotene is a carotenoid, an antioxidant that protects against the harmful sun’s rays as well as free radicals, as studies reported by Healthline have reported.

So, add more vegetables that are rich in beta carotene to your diet, such as potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots.

Tomatoes 

Not just tasty, tomatoes have many benefits for the skin.

They’re rich in an antioxidant known as lycopene, which is revered for protecting people against cell damage.

In one remarkable study that was published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, when women ate foods that were high in lycopene as well as other plant antioxidants, they had a decrease in deep wrinkles after just 15 weeks! 

Choose Natural Ingredients In Skincare Products 

Bottle Of Jojoba Oil

Looking after your skin as you get older isn’t just about using natural DIY ingredients on it.

Investing in high-quality skincare products can make a big difference in the health of your skin.

Avoiding chemicals in conventional products is definitely the way to go because, although those products might have strong anti-aging properties, they can damage your skin and health in general. 

Organic skincare products usually contain natural oils, such as apricot kernel oil that is rich in gamma linoleum acid, an ingredient that balances the skin’s moisture levels.

Another good example of a natural oil is jojoba oil.

The jojoba plant produces oil that contains fatty acids which are then used in skincare products.

This oil has been found to heal skin infections and prevent inflammation, as the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology reports.

It’s also a humectant ingredient, which means that it seals in the skin’s moisture.

Related Questions 

What causes age spots?

When UV light enters the skin, it increases the production of melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color.

After many years of sun exposure, age spots will show up on the skin where melanin has been produced in higher concentrations than others, such as the hands or face.

At what age do you see the first signs of aging?

You’re likely to start noticing early signs of aging in your 20s, such as in the form of fine lines and wrinkles, however their presence will vary from one person to the next as they’re dependent on factors such as lifestyle and genetics.

Conclusion 

Getting older is sometimes overwhelming.

There are so many different bodily changes that everyone has to undergo, such as when it comes to skin.

In this article, we’ve looked at what causes skin to age as one gets older, as well as what senior skincare tips you can follow to maintain healthy skin that’s as youthful as possible for longer.

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