7 Signs of Aging

"woman's aging skin progress chart"

None of us can escape the aging process, though varied.  The aging process is accelerated  by the environment and genetic factors. What is consistent are the symptoms of aging skin. The 7 signs are:

  1. Thinning of the dermal layer (the second layer of the skin): The skin thins with age because of the reduction of the the dermal layer and loss of subcutaneous fat (located in the third layer of the skin). Fine lines are the first sign of thinning skin. They usually appear around the eyes. They eventually form into wrinkles. Additionally, the skin becomes less plump, more fragile and susceptible to damage.
  2. Sagging skin: The connective tissue in the dermis loses its tautness and recovery response to movement, and combined with the loss of muscle tone, the skin  can develop a sagging, flabby or droopy appearance. Additionally, the jowls may begin to sag, and the appearance on the neck develops what appears to be a “double chin.”
  3. Dehydration and dryness: The sebaceous glands produce less oil (sebum) as we age. In our youth, the skin is radiant and fresh looking because of its natural moisture content. As aging progresses, typically more so in women, women gradually produce less oil, especially following menopause, resulting in the skin’s reduced ability to retain moisture. Dehydration is thought to be cause by the loss of glycosaminoglycans as we age, such as hyaluronic acid in the dermal layer of the skin. Typically, these elements can start to diminish when we reach our 40s.
  4. Pigment (color) changes: When we age the skin’s pigment changes as well. This is more apparent in lighter complexions, but it can be seen in everyone. Smokers’ skin is even more sallow and dull. As we age, hormonal shifts occur and uneven deposit of melanin (the cells that produce skin color) can also cause the skin to lose luminescence.
  5. Vascular changes: With aging, the vascular system in the dermis is reduced, and supplies a lower amount of nutrients and oxygenated blood to the skin. This may contribute to the thinning of the dermis. Also, the skin is more prone to bruising which is influenced by illness, medications, sun damage or genetics.
  6. Enlarged pores: One cause of enlarged pores is sun damage. Sun damage and aging cause the natural process of the skin to peel. The cells are more likely to collect around individual hair follicle openings (pores). The rim of the cells’ diameter enlarges.
  7. Healing slows down: As the skin ages, it takes longer to heal because the collagen production and epidermal production slows down.

It is said that exposure to UVA or UVB rays from sunlight accounts for 90% of premature aging symptoms. The first step is protecting the skin by applying sunscreen (for women, apply under your make-up) and considering using mineral make-up with no fillers. We also suggest anti-aging skin treatments such as those we offer at our med spa (located between Miami Beach and Sunny Isles).

For more on  mineral make-up, we put together this educational video for your viewing pleasure:

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