Skin Ageing and Thinning

Skin ageing, wrinkles and thinning are part of the natural ageing process. Skin starts to show visible signs of ageing from the mid-30s onwards with skin becoming thinner and drier, and fine lines and wrinkles deepening over time. This process is called intrinsic (natural or chronological) ageing.

While it is inevitable for everyone, the speed of skin ageing can vary as it is influenced by our genes, lifestyle and other external (extrinsic) factors. One of these is photoageing – premature ageing of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation primarily from the sun, but also from artificial UV sources. Photoageing is different from chronologic ageing, as the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun (or artificial tanning sources) alter the normal structures of the skin.

Photoageing increases the visible signs of ageing. Early signs of photoageing include:

  • the appearance of fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and frown lines on the forehead
  • spider veins on the nose, cheeks, and neck
  • various pigmented spots, such as freckles, solar lentigines and an uneven skin colour
  • a general loss of skin tone in sun exposed areas
  • taut lips that start to lose some colour and fullness

 

 

With further continued sun exposure over a period of years, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth increase in number and become deep creases, forehead frown lines set in and can be seen when not frowning, the skin becomes leathery and sags, lips get drawn, pale, and thin, and lose some definition. Skin on sun-exposed sites may bruise more easily and red, rough scaly spots, called actinic (sun-related) keratoses, may appear. These may be pre-cancerous and require treatment for this reason.

On sun exposed skin, up to 90% of skin ageing is due to the deleterious effects of the sun. The natural ageing process is dependent on time and genetics, and is unchangeable. However, photoageing can be avoided with good sun protection habits.

Thin skin, also known as fragile skin, or thinning skin, is a condition most often associated with elderly people. Thin skin is characterized by a sagging appearance, and a higher visibility of veins and capillaries under the skin. This problem is not unique to any part of the body, but is more troublesome on the face and hands.

With ageing, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, even though the number of cell layers remains unchanged. Thin skin occurs when the growth and division of skin cells begins to slow down. Cell division and growth are essential to skin rejuvenation, and if this process slows, the skin layers will not be replenished properly and will lose elasticity. With time, the fatty cells in the skin also begin to lose lustre with age, leading to hollow areas and thin skin.

Ageing, sun exposure and genetics all play a role in thinning skin. Certain medications, such as long–term use of oral or topical corticosteroids, also can weaken skin and the blood vessels in the skin. There are also inflammatory skin diseases that could cause the condition, as well as thin skin brought about by long term exposure to the sun.

Taking good care of the skin can slow both intrinsic and extrinsic skin ageing, improve the visible signs of ageing and make one look younger.

SEQuaderma recommends:

  • Maintaining daily skincare routine
  • Removing make-up before going to bed
  • Avoiding excess sun exposure
  • Hydrating - drink an adequate amount of water
  • Supporting healthy lifestyle
  • Enjoying balance diet
  • Getting adequate sleep of at least 8 to 9 hours daily
  • Washing, cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising skin
  • Ensuring calcium, vitamins E and C are within the recommended range
  • Drinking milk and green tea
  • Trying Face Yoga exercises
  • Avoiding sleeping with the face pressed against the pillow
  • Avoiding looking downwards at a computer screen
  • Exercising and being outdoors
  • Keeping stress at bay

 

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