What Happened to my Smooth and Tight Skin?
If you’re anything like me, you don’t take certain pieces of information for face value. When it comes to certain topics, you like to know the technical finer details of why things are the way they are. For me, anything involving health and beauty intrigues me enough to want to know and understand the technical stuff, in spite of having an A-type personality. Working in the beauty industry, I have clients of all ages. One of the most consistent beauty topics of conversations amongst those who are 25 years and up, is about anti-aging. I have women who willingly embrace their changing skin, while others do everything they can to combat the signs of aging. To each their own. Every woman has their reason and right for feeling the way they do about their skin, as they should! Inching closer to my 30s, I too think about maintaining my smooth tight skin. Because of this, I was interested in finding out why some women’s skin age faster than others, and what is the process of aging skin.
Your skin is made up of three layers; the epidermis (top layer), dermis (second layer), hypodermis (third layer). All the wear and tear that happens in the dermis layer can be seen through the epidermis, like sun spots, and lines. The dermis plays a very important role in the health of your skin. It produces the sebaceous glands and is largely made up of elastin and collagen! The sebaceous glands are what produces oil, collagen is what makes your skin plump, and elastin is what makes your skin supple and elastic. With age, these proteins gradually become weaker and slowly diminish, however factors that speed up this process would things like smoking and loads of sun exposure without protection. The hypodermis contains elements such as blood vessels and veins (Moran, 2016). After the age of 20, the collagen production in the skin decreases by 1 percent each year, and after the age of 40 the body no longer creates collagen (Dermstore Editors, 2015). Also, in your 20s, being able to slough off dead skin cells naturally declines by 28% (Dermstore Editors, 2015).
So what does all of this mean for your skin? After reading books, articles, and watching a few videos on the biology of skin, the conclusion is that many topical creams, even the ones that are hundreds of dollars and claim to add elasticity and plumpness back into your skin, will only affect the epidermis layer. As I’ve just described to you, many of aging process takes place in the second layer of the skin, aka the dermis, which means these topical creams aren’t targeting the exact layer it needs to in order to reverse the effects of aging...that’s if you want it to be reversed. What works? I’ll go more in depth in my post next week about some of the anti-aging solutions listed, however in brief, here they are!
· Hyaluronic Acids
· Not smoking
· Good diet and nutrition
· Vitamin C
· Vitamin A
· Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatments
Just to name a few!
Hopefully now that you have a clearer understanding of how and why our skin ages you’re able to start taking the steps to maintain or regain healthy and brighter looking skin! Some of the solutions listed above aren’t for everyone, and everyone’s skin type is affected by aging differently, but these are the basics of how the three layers of skin works. After doing my research I felt very enlightened, and I hope this post does the same for you!
Dermstore Editors. (2015, September 21). Fine Lines and Wrinkles: When You Can Expect to Get Them. Retrieved from The Dermstore Blog: https://www.dermstore.com/blog/fine-lines-and-wrinkles/
Moran, C. (2016). Pretty Honest. London: Fourth Estate.