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3 Main Stages of Ageing Skin And How to Deal with Them
Ageing is inevitable but bad skin doesn’t have to be. Understanding what happens to the skin as you age is important if you want to know what you should be doing to keep looking your best.
Stages of ageing
As skin ages, cells begin to reproduce at a slower rate, producing less collagen and elastin. When this happens, skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, leading to lines, wrinkles and loose or drooping skin. The rate at which skin ages may be accelerated by factors such as smoking, poor diet and excessive exposure to sun or even pollution. In general, there are three main stages of ageing:
- Age 25 – The first signs of aging tend to occur around 25 when the skin begins to thin, lose elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. The lines between the nose and corner of the mouth often emerge at this age.
- Age 45 – Skin continues to thin and becomes less firm and radiant. Facial contours including cheekbones become less defined. Forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet become more prominent.
- Age 65 – Skin ages exponentially from around 65. Facial contours are less dense, skin becomes looser and thinner, more defined wrinkles appear in the forehead, around the mouth and eyes. Spots and decolourisations also tend to emerge.
It’s worth remembering that while ageing is inevitable, the rate at which skin ages may be dependent on factors such as lifestyle, diet, skin tone and genetics. To keep your skin looking smooth and youthful, it’s vital to eat a healthy, varied diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, enjoy regular exercise and avoid smoking and excess alcohol. Adopting a regular skincare regime from a young age and using sunscreen and staying out of the sun may all help significantly.
Caring for skin through the ages
To maintain the skin’s condition for as long as possible, it’s important to have a skincare regime suitable for your age. Professional advice can help you find the best products to suit not just your age but your particular skin condition.
- In your 20s, this would generally involve nightly cleanse, tone and moisturiser, an exfoliation twice a week and a mask once or twice a fortnight.
- By your 30s, you’ll likely need to change the moisturiser to something a little richer and add an eye cream.
- In your 40s and 50s, you’ll again need richer creams for the face and eyes and quality night cream or serum.
While you can’t hold off ageing forever, there are treatments that can help to improve your appearance.
One of the most popular options is dermal fillers, a gel-like substance that is injected beneath the skin to plump it out and ‘fill in’ lines and creases. Many people achieve fantastic results, and the treatment is particularly popular amongst those who aren’t keen on cosmetic surgery. Dermal fillers tend to last for between six and nine months and are a quick and relatively pain-free treatment.