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Ageing Gracefully: The Signs, and What to Do About Them
Understanding how we age is an integral part of learning how best to look after our bodies and skin. While everyone is different and the effects of ageing vary according to lifestyle factors, and of course, genes, many of us will experience similar changes over the years.
There’s no set age when everything starts to go downhill, which is why healthy eating, skincare and exercise should be a part of our everyday lives, no matter our age.
What are some of the signs of ageing?
The first signs of aging often appear on the face, and people may notice these changes even from their 20s.
As noted by the Victorian government’s Better Health Channel, there are several contributing factors. The base layer of the epidermis slows cell production, and we also produce less elastin and collagen, which together leads to thinning skin, a loss of elasticity, and the potential onset of lines, wrinkles and sagging.
In later years, age spots and broken blood vessels may appear on the skin’s surface, and dry skin is common, as older skin tends to have fewer sweat and oil glands.
Many people in their 30s and 40s find their metabolism will slow, which together with a loss in muscle strength may lead to weight gain (and more difficulty in losing excess weight).
We tend to have less energy as we age, and certain organs and function may change. Liver function, for instance, may decrease – which is why hangovers are harder to deal with. According to a report on Web.MD, it’s quite common for eyesight to be affected with age (reading small print may become more difficult).
According to Better Health, age-related changes to the brain may include decreased neurone function due to fatty deposits and a decrease in brain size due to neurone loss, with memory loss a potential outcome. Interestingly, however, lifestyle factors (such as prescription drugs) may play a major role.
Certain factors can contribute to the effects of ageing, particularly on the skin. Excessive sun exposure may lead to skin spots and wrinkles, and of course, be a potential trigger for skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), smoking and alcohol consumption can have a detrimental effect on the skin as well as on the body.
Dealing with ageing
Ageing is inevitable, but by making the right choices earlier in life can help us to age gracefully.
The AAD suggests that a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good skincare regime can all help reduce the effects of ageing. Drinking enough water is vital to keep the body nourished and skin hydrated.
Cosmetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections may also help improve the appearance of the skin.
Are you looking to halt the visible signs of ageing?
If you are interested in seeing how cosmetic injections may help your skin retain its youthful appearance, then don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our qualified and highly-experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions you have or book you in for an appointment.