Aging Changes

Aging Changes
No matter how young the person might feels at heart, the skin probably isn't feeling as youthful as it once did.
Skin loses its elasticity and strength because the body produces less of the proteins collagen and elastin and hyaluronic acid with each passing year. Collagen gives to skin its firmness and strength, which in turn helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Elastin, as the name suggests, is responsible for giving to skin its bounciness or elasticity. As elastin loses its ability to spring back into shape, the skin will wrinkle and droop. The outer layer of your skin – the epidermis – thins out as the person gets older, and person has fewer but larger melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that produce pigment, giving that vibrant and youthful look.

The epidermis holds less water in older skin, dryness is a common problem in aging, especially around elbows, lower arms and lower legs. Applying heavier moisturizers will help, as will bathing less frequently and using warm instead of hot water.

With time the blood vessels of the dermis, the middle layer of skin that contains the collagen and elastin, damage much more easily than in youth. Skin is thinner, it is more delicate and will tear more easily. Cells replace themselves more slowly, so it's best to clean and protect wounds to avoid infection.

In time of being outdoors in the sun, it’s necessary to wear plenty of sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 30) and a wide-brimmed hat. The sun isn't the only culprit of aging skin. Smoking also tops the list because it can give to skin a yellowish tint and deep, creased wrinkles.

Aging is an inevitable part of life, as are the signs of it on the skin for most people. It’s very useful to know that skin needs a special care in different age.

There is a wide range of qualitative skin care products with note «anti-age» on the labels, which help to look after the skin and keep it healthy and beautiful.
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:17