Your Skin Through The Ages
Skin that no longer looks and feels youthful.
Skin that has lived.
Skin that by age, or other factors, or both, has lost its youthful appearance and characteristics.
This is Mature Skin.
At What Age is Your Skin Considered Mature?
Many think a person's age determines whether or not they have mature skin.
I've even read some reports where anyone over the age of 35 is classified as having mature skin.
Having mature skin has less to do with your biological age and more to do with the condition of your skin.
Things that can play into the age of your skin are things like your genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposure, your skin type, and any skin conditions you have.
I've seen 35-year-olds with mature skin that looks like cracked leather.
And, conversely, I've seen 60-year-olds with skin that looks like they could be 40!
Some of these things you're in control of while others just are what they are.
I've mentioned this in my article How Peptides Help Mature Skin.
What are Some Characterics of Mature Skin
There are a few things that characterize mature skin.
The main two being the loss of collagen and elastin.
Collagen and elastin are the two things that give our skin its resiliency, firmness, plumpness, and bounce.
Loss of both collagen and elastin cause your skin to thin out, wrinkle, and sag.
The loss of collagen and elastin in our skin will happen naturally, as we age.
But can also be exacerbated and accelerated by our genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors.
Making a younger person look much older than they actually are.
Which Lifestyle Choices and Environmental Factors Most Contribute to Mature Skin?
The Lifestyle choices that contribute to mature skin are things like smoking, drinking, drug use, poor diet, and dehydration.
But the biggest contributor to mature skin, is both a lifestyle choice and an environmental factor. It's UV damage from sun exposure and tanning beds.
All of these things contribute to your skin losing collagen and elastin even faster than aging alone.
Besides loss of collagen and elastin, UV damage from sun exposure and tanning beds also causes dark spots (also known as age spots and sun spots), hyperpigmentation (those brown patchy masses on your face), and free radical damage which cause fine lines, wrinkles, and can cause skin cancer.
Your Skin Through the Ages
Skin in your 20's
During your 20's your skin remains firm and even toned. However, unprotected UV exposure, lifestyle choices, and environmental stressors will allow free radicals to attack your skin cells.
Skin in your 30's
During your 30's the first signs of aging appear. Your skin may look dull, lifeless, and uneven. Fine lines creep in and hyperpigmentation and sun spots from UV damage start to show.
Skin in your 40's
During your 40's your skin gets more uneven. Dullness continues. Age / sun spots and hyperpigmentation from UV damage may darken and become more prevalent across a larger area. Fine lines increase, especially around the eyes and forehead. Your skin may become sensitive.
Skin in your 50's
Your skin's ability to hold onto moisture greatly decreases. You skin may become dry to very dry. Fine lines and deep wrinkles take hold because there is less hydration and tension to your skin. Sagging skin, especially around the eyes, mouth, and jowls, is common. Uneven skin tone is prominent.
As you age, and your skin produces less and less collagen and elastin, your skin will continue to worsen.
If you make poor lifestyle choices, and if environmental stressors continue, your skin will age harder and faster. And this is without factoring in genetics.
However all is not lost! There are things you can do to ease the aging process and, in some instances, reverse it!
How to Treat Mature Skin
There are lots of things you can do for your mature skin.
The #1 thing is sun protection! Wear sunscreen each and everyday!
Preventing sun damage from UV radiation is the best thing you can do for your skin at any age!
If you ask my daughter to name the thing I harp on her about the most, she'll tell you I'm a broken record about her wearing sunscreen!
She has the most beautiful skin, because from a baby I slathered her in sunscreen.
I have sun damaged skin from being a California sun worshiper from early childhood.
We had a pool in our backyard. We lived in that pool... without sunscreen. What was that?
The highest spf when I was a kid was 15 and that was in a bottle of Tropicana Tanning oil!
I wanted a killer tan, so I didn't use that. I went straight for the baby oil!
I slathered myself in friggin' baby oil! We all did! All. Summer. Long. And boy did we have the burns to prove it!
Then in the 90's my weekends were spent at Zuma beach and my evenings after work at the tanning salon. We all did this, too!
We had no clue the damage we were doing to our skin from those stupid choices.
Or, the price we were going to pay in our 50's from having done so.
So now, I'm trying to repair and mitigate my mature skin. And, I'm trying to prevent future damage.
Thankfully, because of my ignorance, my daughter does know better and she will not have to pay the price I'm paying today, literally and figuratively!
So, yeah, SUNSCREEN... every. single. day, ladies! Every. Friggin' Single. Day!!
My Favorite Daily Sunscreen
I personally like using mineral sunscreens because they offer full UVA and UVB protection.
Another plus, I can put them everywhere, including all up and around my eyes, and on my eye lids, and they don't burn my eyes.
My favorite is the CeraVe Hydrating Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with an SPF 30.
I use this one exclusively on my face and reapply as needed.
I like that it doesn't have a white cast and it's super hydrating.
And it plays nicely under makeup, too.
After getting on board with using a daily sunscreen, you should look into adding anti-aging skincare products into your daily routine.
There are anti-aging serums you can use to stimulate collagen production and help your skin to recover some of its resiliency.
You can also also use serums and creams (like prescription Tretinoin - Retin A) to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as lighten age /sun spots and hyperpigmentation.
Lastly, you can visit your dermatologist and look into in-office acid peels, laser treatments, botox and fillers.
I have not done the latter yet, but I'm not opposed to it, nor am I ruling it out.
Thus far I've been very, very happy with my current skincare routines and products.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is always worth more than a pound of cure.
And in the name of all things, holy or not, start wearing sunscreen every single day!
Because there is no point in doing anything "reparative" or "preventative" if you're not going to protect your skin in the first place!
Your skin through the ages... you can change the narrative of its story.
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