IT happens to the best of us. You can call it the circle of life even. Ageing is a natural biological process that everyone has to go through at some point in life. It is inevitable.
But! Yes, there’s a happier note here. We can all age gracefully. The key is to look out for the early signs of ageing and start your anti-ageing routine in our twenties.
Prevention is better than cure. Below, we track down some common early tell tale signs to look out for so that you can start slowing down the clock as soon as possible.
Fine lines and wrinkles
This is probably the most obvious and possibly cliched sign of ageing. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by the loss of moisture, elastin and collagen as our skin ages. The eye area is one of the most affected areas, and you can tell this by the formation of Crow’s Feet. Excessive sun exposure as well as smoking can also escalate the formation of wrinkles.
These would be the marks that are seen on the skin after prolonged sun exposure when you are out and about WITHOUT sunscreen (yes, we are huge proponents of sunscreens here at @cosme!). SPF aside, as we grow older, our pigment cells tend to multiply more quickly and then cluster together to form these so-called age spots.
You can identify this as the loose skin that seems to have lost its definition. Sagging skin are often seen around the jawline, thighs, stomach and upper arms. This happens because our skin naturally loses elastic and collagen over the years. In their absence, our skin is not able to retain its firmness. Hence, sagging occurs. It’s also possible that your skin is sagging because of extreme weight fluctuation, which leads to excessive skin stretching.
That youthful glow that is associated with, well … youth? Yeah, that is a thing of the past as we age. This is due to the fact that the cell turnover rate of the skin begins to slow down (about 7% decrease per decade) as we get older. What happens then is dead skin cells accumulate on the face, leading to a dull appearance.
Dry skin is also something that synonymous with mature skin. Since the skin loses its natural moisture over time, the general texture and condition of the skin also take a drier turn. The uppermost layer of the skin is usually the one that shows dryness. Dryness can also be exacerbated by sun damage and a lower cell activity.
The hair is not the only thing that begins to thin as we get older, we will see it on our skin as well. A thin skin can be identified by it tearing or breaking easily. Since the rate of cell production greatly decreases, it causes the lower layer of our epidermis to slow down renewal too. The thinning of the skin usually goes hand in hand with the formation of wrinkles.