Aging is an inevitable fact of life. Time causes changes to your body that slowly shift your appearance and capabilities. People have suggested multiple causes for aging with free radical and cell changes being the most popular. The exact mechanics of aging may elude us, but the symptoms are quite plain in many cases. This is especially true when it comes to our skin. Skin care professionals generally agree that somewhere towards the latter end of your prime, your skin begins to have difficulties producing a key structural protein: collagen. Your skin’s mechanisms for making more of it simply decay a little each year once that start into decline. The collagen you get is a little less in amount and not as good as it was when you were younger. The various effects of this are what define aging for many people and are what the right products help to control.

Wrinkles
Perhaps the most obvious sign of aging for many people are wrinkles. They form around areas where the skin moves and bunches up frequently. This is actually due to the fact that the routine movement and bunching of the skin damages collagen. It wears it down until it needs replacing. This is why Botox is an effective treatment for forehead wrinkles as it prevents movement and skin bunching. As we age, the smaller amount of collagen means that your skin stops being able to fill the areas of damaged collagen back in as effectively as it once could. As a result, we start to get fine lines and over time these deepen into full wrinkles. You can’t stop the muscles of your face from moving without people noticing and the various small muscle movements that lead to wrinkles are key to helping us communicate our thoughts and feelings to others. It ends up making preventing any wrinkles a difficult, if not actually impossible task.

Lasting Damage
Another important thing to note is that the decrease in collagen isn’t just about obvious signs of aging. A lack of collagen decreases your skin’s ability to heal any kind of damage. Most of us get little cuts on our skin routinely that we don’t always known where they came from, but we have to deal with their presence. They fade away quickly enough after they heal. Wounds don’t fade as well once collagen production begins to go down. Your body has to fill in those areas of damage with collagen as well. In most cases you aren’t going to be seeing a massive increase in the number of scars you have as you age, but you do need to be more careful around cuts then. They will not heal as cleanly and some may require being touched up with a bit of makeup. You probably want to keep this in mind if you lead a more active life.

Kind Of A Sag
Lastly, a loss of collagen actually leads your skin to start sagging. This generally happens long after we’ve already started to get fine lines and wrinkles. Remember that we said collagen is a key structural protein? Your skin is firm when you’re young because you have plenty of collagen in it. Sagging skin is where an area has lost so much collagen that it can’t effectively fill out the are anymore. You’re not actually growing more skin. Your skin is just losing what helped it to define your features. Fortunately, sagging is something you can help prevent from getting worse by remembering a standard beauty type: Don’t tug down on your skin. Smooth, upward circle-like movements are best when it comes to massaging products in and prevent you from contributing to collagen damage and sagging skin by yanking your skin down.

In the end, it is actually hard to do anything truly lasting against collagen decline. You can slow it with the right products and a healthy lifestyle, but this is to help you age gracefully. We all have to make our peace with age eventually because our bodies stop being able to keep up with our minds. It is a simple fact that we all learn eventually. Don’t resign yourself to giving up on skincare though. Proper skin care will easily keep you looking more youthful as long as you remember to focus on products designed to nourish your skin and boost collagen production.

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