Just like the rest of our bodies, the skin ages. The natural aging of skin is called Intrinsic Aging, which starts to happen as early as our mid-20s as dead skin cells fail to shed and new skin cell production slows. Collagen is not produced as quickly and Elastin, which give skin its elastic quality, has less bounce. Extrinsic aging is when skin aging occurs because of external factors, such as sun exposure, sleeping positions and smoking habits.
Characteristics of Aging Skin
• Dry, itchy skin
• Thin, transparent skin
• Fine wrinkles
• Hollowed cheeks and eye sockets
• Sagging skin
• Insufficient sweat production
• Gray, white or unwanted hair
• Hair loss
Reasons Why Aging Skin Occurs
• The natural aging process results in a slowing of healthy skin cell, Collagen and Elastin production.
• Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays results in the break down of Collagen and weakens Elastin.
• Smoking causes biochemical changes that can produce deeply wrinkled, leathery skin.
• Sleeping positions, such as consistently sleeping on your side or belly, can cause “sleep lines” that are etched into your skin.
• Repetitive facial movements can result in permanent groove lines beneath the surface of the skin, which show up as wrinkles.