The Hard Truth About What Happens to Our Skin as We Age

The Hard Truth About What Happens to Our Skin as We Age

There’s no stopping the aging process

Every single one of us will go through various physical changes as the years pass by. And even though this is a beautiful and natural thing, there are always going to be certain physical changes that are more uncomfortable than others.

We may learn to love our crow's feet and our gray hairs, but when it comes to sun damage and broken blood vessels, it can get stressful. And sometimes painful.

It’s obvious that we’ll gain wrinkles as we get older, but what else can happen to our skin as we age? And what can we do about it?

Your skin will become thinner

Due to the decreasing levels of collagen in our systems as we age, our skin also decreases in thickness. The number of new cells our bodies produce slows down over time, so this affects how supple and elastic our skin appears. And of course, this causes wrinkles.

It’s not exactly a secret that anti-aging creams and supplements will slow down this process, but you can’t just take any old product and expect it to work quickly or even at all. Picking creams based on your skin type is vital in their efficiency, as well as your age group.

Look for creams that include alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA). AHAs and BHAs work as exfoliants that peel away the very top layer of the skin. This means that new and stronger skin cells take their place.

You’ll also need products with Retinol as it is an antioxidant that will help your body create stronger skin cells over time. Other ingredients such as vitamin C will protect your skin against sun damage.

You’ll discover new lumps and bumps

There are tons of random little marks that can occur on our skin as we age. But don’t worry, most of them are harmless.

Cherry angioma is probably the most worrying looking of all the bumps. Known as red moles, cherry angiomas are just a collection of overgrown blood vessels. If accidentally scratched they can bleed, so some people vote to get them removed by a doctor.

Your doctor can also remove skin tags. Skin tags are small growths of skin that resemble soft warts. However, they’re just made up of skin. They’re mainly caused by loose collagen fibers and blood vessels leaving the skin, as well as constant friction.

Be sure to avoid over-rubbing your eyes when you take off your makeup because a common place for skin tags to hide is the eyelid. Tea tree oil has also been found to remove skin tags gradually over time.

Bruising and spider-veins will show up more easily

Since the skin is thinner than it once was, this also means you’ll probably start bruising easier too. This is partially due to how transparent the skin can turn as it thins, but also due to how sensitive the blood vessels become over time.

Spider-veins, or broken blood vessels, will also appear a lot more clearly through the skin. And though this isn’t an indication of any worrying condition, it can often make you look very tired.

If you’re uncomfortable with either, there are concealers that can cover up almost everything. Tarte’s Shape Tape is the best-selling concealer to date and has won countless beauty awards for a very good reason. It’s a cult favorite with beauty gurus and YouTubers and can cover up anything from dark circles to tattoos.

Just remember that if you choose not to cover up your perfect imperfections, you’re still fabulous!

You’re more at risk of sun damage

From harmless sunspots to more serious issues such as Solar Elastosis, our skin becomes a lot more sensitive to sun exposure.

Solar elastosis, otherwise known as actinic keratosis, is the occurrence of raised growths and crusty scabs caused by excessive UV exposure. They appear red or tan colored and can be quite itchy. Though not everyone will experience this kind of condition as they age, it only occurs in more mature adults.

Solar elastosis can be treated with a prescription cream from your doctor. Sunspots, on the other hand, can be treated with retinoids or laser therapy to fade the pigment over time. Since sunspots, also called liver spots, are essentially just large freckles, there’s no danger in leaving them be. Regardless, using a good SPF sunblock will decrease your chances of either issue.

Your skin will droop

As we age, our bodies gradually generate less collagen and elastin than it once did. These proteins keep our skin supple and taught in youth. However, as we lose them, our skin becomes looser and droopier.

There are several chemical compounds that will combat this, such as Retin A and Retinol.

Eat a balanced diet full of foods such as watercress, papaya, blueberries, and other antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoking will also help slow down the aging process.

Though drooping will occur all over the body, it’s especially prominent in the eye area. So, on top of making sure you’re using an SPF eye cream.

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