When & How You Age


Do you know that aging is a process that begun from the moment you were born? Facial aging is an inevitable outward sign of the aging process in general. Each and every one of us is unique, and it follows, that every one of us is different as regards our skin type and the way in which our skin ages.

To understand better how to combat the signs of aging, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the process itself. The rate our skin ages and how this aging will manifest itself and determined primarily by our genetics, the passage of time and our lifestyle habits such as smoking and tanning. However, it is possible to draw up a rough guide to demonstrate when the average person can expect to see the first signs of aging, and what these might be.

In Your 20′s

Being in your 20s, your skin is at its prime. The epidermis is nice and juicy, plumped up with healthy collagen and elastin in the dermis, and skin cells that easily renew themselves every twenty-eight to thirty days. At this stage, your skin should be reasonably smooth without any major lines unless you have been overly exposed to sunburn from an early age. Acne breakouts are usually common to women in their 20′s.

First signs of aging at 20′s

Fair skin that is exposed to excessive sunlight during childhood can start to show signs of facial changes as early as in 20′s. You may start to notice skin losses its smoothness and moisture, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, deep creases on forehead and mild pigmentary changes. At this stage, these changes may not necessarily manifest themselves so much as lines and wrinkles, but more as the beginnings of sunspots.

In Your 30′s

In your 30s, the appearance of your skin will depend largely on how well it has been protected from sunlight, although this is also the point at which genetic factors may kick in. At this stage, cell renewal and circulation slow down and skin starts to lose lustre. Collagen and elastin weaken and skin will look less plumpness. Skin doesn’t look as fresh. Many skin problems will start surfacing.

Signs of aging at 30′s

If you are in your 30′s and have been neglecting your skin all this while. At this stage, your skin will start to appear dull and uneven, with enlarged pores and sunspots. Another problem you may occur is sagging; crow’s feet, central frown line, forehead lines and perhaps deeper wrinkles, especially in the nasolabial fold (the lines between the nose and the mouth) will start appearing. Wrinkles and pigmentation are becoming a permanent fixture on your skin. Especially for childbearing women, extra care has to be taken against skin sagging and pigmentation after birth. An oily T-zone and adult acne can be triggered by stress, pregnancy and contraceptive or fertility drugs.

In Your 40′s

In your 40′s, sebum production decreases and sensitivity increases. Your skin produces less collagen and decreases hormone secretion, causing skin to loss its elasticity and sag. Cells retain less moisture and lose their firmness, and skin can become much more dry than it’s ever been.

Signs of aging at 40′s

In your 40′s, signs of aging are inevitable. At this stage, your skin is significantly more likely to show the signs of past sun exposure, as well as increased frown and smile lines from muscle activity. You will start showing a loss of fat under the skin with loss of firmness. There are more wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and on your forehead. Hyperpigmentation spots become more plentiful as well as darker.


In Your 50′s

Reaching 40 and approaching menopause, signs of aging not only show on the face, as well as the neck and hands. Skin tone becomes increasingly uneven with more age or sunspots. Skin will start to acquire real character. Loss of elastin results in sagging skin. Menopausal changes can trigger acne.

Severe signs of aging at 50′s

At this stage, you will probably be experiencing a general worsening of all the above, as well as feeling a greater change under the skin with a sagging eyelid and/or brow droop. For this you may want to obtain a referral for eyelid surgery and try lower facial fillers to rejuvenate the face and cheeks. Skin on your chin is loosening and eye bags are heavier. Fine lines and wrinkles deepen into folds. Increased sallowness, broken blood vessels and drier skin.


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