The signs of aging in our skin
- Aging causes a natural deterioration of our skin’s processes, and can lead to the signs of aging.
- First signs of aging can appear as early as our 20s as fine lines around the mouth and nose, dark spots, dark circles under the eyes, and drooping upper eyelids.
- Next signs of aging are vertical lines on the face such as laugh lines and frown lines
- These lines deepen into folds and wrinkles as our skin loses volume beyond our 30s and 40s.
We know that our skin is constantly aging daily yet we only think about it when the signs of aging appear. Aging is a natural process during which our skin’s cell renewal process and collagen production slow down, weakening the internal support structure and natural protection barrier of the skin. This deterioration of our skin’s processes, when combined with environmental and lifestyle factors, like pollution, can cause the signs of aging to appear prematurely.
But the signs of aging don’t appear out of nowhere. Even before they become visible on the outside, they are already affecting the skin deep inside, as early as our 20s.
The first signs of aging appear around our eyes in the form of crow’s feet and drooping upper eyelids that make eyes appear smaller. Fine lines also begin to form around the nose and the upper lip begins to sink.
Another sign of aging is linked to lack of sun protection. Skipping sunscreen in our 20s accelerates sun damage from deep inside, resulting in the formation of dark spots on the outside.
Continued exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays (photo-exposure) causes melanin overproduction deep inside the skin. This results in hyperpigmentation, which makes our skin take on a darkened, uneven tone, which explains the dark circles under our eyes.
The next signs of aging that appear are the fine, vertical lines that develop from our facial expressions. These get deeper with age.
Frown lines between our eyebrows start to appear. Laugh lines around the nose and mouth are more pronounced, partly due to gravity. Our skin begins to lose volume and elasticity, and these lines become more defined. The upper lip also continues to decrease in thickness.
In our 40s, our skin continues to lose volume and elasticity, causing our facial lines and folds to sag even more. A loosing jawline also causes a change in the overall appearance of our faces, making the face look more drawn. This is an advanced sign of aging skin.
The way our skin ages depends on the lifespan of our skin cells is written in our DNA. But up to 50% of our aging process is caused by environmental factors like sun damage and smoking.