When we are young, fat is distributed evenly in the face, with little pockets here and there that plump up the cheeks, forehead, temples and areas around the eyes and mouth. As we age, the face loses volume, so rounder features may sink and skin that was smooth and tight, becomes looser and starts to sag.
There are many things that cause our skin to age. With the passing of time we all get visible lines and wrinkles and it’s natural for our face to lose some of its fullness. The skin on our face is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our body which is perhaps the reason that we can see the fine lines and wrinkles more easily.
Ageing is a fact of life and some of the things we notice about our skin includes:
- Thinner skin – The rate of skin cell turnover reduces in ageing skin, which results in thinner crêpe like skin.
- Sagging – Less production of elastin and collagen means ageing skin is vulnerable to the effects of gravity.
- Wrinkly skin – In time, ageing skin becomes thinner due to reduction of elastin and collagen.
- Age spots – Pigment cells in the skin increase in certain areas and cluster together, resulting in sun spots, freckles or liver spots.
- Dryness – The ageing skin has fewer sweat glands and oil glands and is prone to dryness.
- Facial thread veins – The blood vessels in ageing thin skin are more likely to break, bruise or become permanently dilated, resulting in broken veins.
Some things, like the natural ageing process, we can’t do anything about, but other things we can influence. Our environment and lifestyle choices are partly to blame for our skin ageing prematurely, but by taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of ageing has on our skin.
Certain things accelerate the skin ageing process:
Protect your skin from the sun every day. Always apply sun cream, as UVA rays emitted by the sun breaks down collagen and elastin. They stimulate production of skin pigment cells which results in age spots.
Smoking causes wrinkles and a dull complexion, and repeated facial movements with smoking can cause mouth and lip wrinkles. Also, the supply of collagen breaks down, slowing the skin’s repair and renewal process, resulting in wrinkles, loss of elasticity and dryness.
Repetitive facial expressions
Over the years, repeating the same facial expressions can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, because as it ages, the skin loses elasticity and doesn’t spring back to its original state. The way we sleep can also have a similar effect, with the skin pressed up against the pillow for so many hours. Sleeping on your back can minimise the chances of these type of wrinkles from occurring.
It causes the skin to dehydrate, and in time, this can make us look older. Consumption of alcohol causes dilation of the blood vessels in the skin, and this can contribute to broken veins and a blotchy, uneven look, which may become permanent with excessive drinking.
Lack of sleep
Sleep deprivation will cause puffiness in the face, dark circles and bags under the eyes, and sagging of the skin. Too little sleep will leave you with a sallow, tired complexion.
Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement causing frown lines and deep furrows to appear.
A good clinic can offer the latest, safe and effective cosmetic medical treatments for anti-ageing skin procedures. Experienced and fully trained aesthetic teams will recommend a range of treatments and tailor a treatment plan especially for you, from solo treatments or combining different treatments.
The following treatments are available for Ageing Skin:
- Medical Microdermabrasion
- Chemical Skin Peels
- Tear Troughs
- Smartxide Dot Co2 Fractional Laser
- Vampire Facelift
- Lip Enhancement
Do you need help choosing a cosmetic procedure? We provide an extensive range of cosmetic procedures for the face and body to help create a younger, slimmer, more youthful looking you!
At the Selston Cosmetic Clinic, located in Selston, Nottingham, after a free consultation, we offer a bespoke service with a personalised touch and deliver high client satisfaction. We have been involved in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years.