How to help skin age better and more gracefully. Signs of skin ageing can be a common skin concern for many and while skincare can’t stop the biological clock, we believe ageing shouldn’t be feared.
As we age, there are some visible signs that can make skin appear older.
Despite all stereotypes, wrinkles are not the most significant sign of skin aging. The appearance of wrinkles is a signal about the lack of collagen and structural changes of skin including microcirculation and its natural protection.
SO WHAT ARE THE FIRST SIGNS OF SKIN AGEING?
A change of microcirculation is a key to skin ageing. Puffiness, pale, dull, uneven skin tone, or redness can be one of the first signs of skin ageing and changes that can result in wrinkles later.
Look for stimulating products, like those containing niacinamide.
Skin has an amazing memory and overexposure to damaging UV rays means that pigmentation spots will likely appear. Which is another reason to use sunscreen wisely as it’s one of the most efficient ways to prevent skin ageing.
HIGHER SENSITIVITY AND IRRITATION
Inflammation plays a crucial role in age-related cell changes in the deep skin layers. Its specific name is ‘inflammageing’.
Increased sensitivity and irritation are often explained by a compromised skin barrier and unwanted microbiome changes. In fact, popular ‘anti-age’ cosmetic ingredients such as retinoids or AHA’s can in fact damage the skin’s natural barrier due to their capacity to change pH and speed up skin renewal.
Skin dryness signals a damaged skin barrier or/and a lack of lipids.As a result, skin dryness can easily lead to sensitivity and irritation, provoke inflammation and eventually form crinkles and wrinkles.
LACK OF ELASTICITY
One of the last signs of skin ageing to show, and very rarely appearing before the age of 40, is lack of skin elasticity. As we get older, our active collagen production and hyaluronic acid lessen.
In females, this change happens much faster in the perimenopause period. This often results in a visible change in appearance of the face and neck. When hormonal changes stabilise in menopause, skin changes become much slower.