While your skin will experience so many changes as you grow, the real game changers will tend to occur in your 40’s and 50’s. From wrinkles and fine lines to thinning skin, these are some of the changes that you can expect to see, as well as a few tips on what you can do about them.
Decrease in Collagen and Elastin
Collagen and elastin are the main proteins that make up your skin’s structure, and these are produced by the body on a regular basis. However, collagen and elastin production is something that declines with age, and you will likely begin to notice signs of this once you are in your 40’s. This decrease brings about a number of different changes within the skin, from a loss of elasticity to an onslaught of wrinkles. While you cannot completely prevent this decline, there are ingredients that you can use to help increase your skin’s collagen production, with retinoids being one of the most effective.
Dryness and Sensitivity
Once you reach the age of 50, your body will go through a number of different hormonal changes, and these will have quite the impact on your skin. One of the results of this is that your oil glands will be much less active, both during as well as after menopause, meaning that your skin will become much more susceptible to dryness and sensitivity. Once this starts to happen, you need to immediately switch to milder skin care products, especially with your cleanser, as harsh cleansers can often end up stripping the skin of its natural oils. You may also need to opt for a thicker moisturizer and apply this more frequently throughout the day in order to keep your skin nourished.
Accumulated UV Damage
Over the years, your skill will have accumulated a significant amount of UV damage, and, as you start to get older, these will begin to show up as patches of discoloration, pigmentation and age spots. While you may not be able to turn back the time to ensure that you remember to apply sunscreen, you can still treat this UV damage topically, through the use of serums. Serums are extremely potent, because they contain high concentrations of active ingredients, but are created with a lightweight formula, so that the skin can quickly and easily absorb them. Look for one that contains a wide range of antioxidants, as these tend to be best for fighting UV damage. There is absolutely nothing wrong with combining two or three serums as well, as each one will contain its own unique ingredient formula. When it comes to deciding which to apply first, the general rule of thumb is that the lighter the product is, the nearer it should be to your skin.
Some of the skin changes that come with age can seem quite daunting at first, but, as long as you stay on top of them, you will be able to prevent them from causing any issues. From investing in a quality retinoid cream to choosing the most effective antioxidant-filled serums, these tips will help you to deal with these skin care game changers.