Some of you will have read my previous few blog posts and felt a little hopeless. We live in a society now where it’s being seen as normal to iron out every sign of aging and, as such, reading about the above might fill some of you with dread. But remember: all of us age and we can’t, and shouldn’t, erase every aspect of that; features such as laughter lines and smile lines are a sign that you’ve lived a little, and that your life was filled with love, fun and happiness - you should be proud to show them off. You shouldn’t want to fill or freeze every line on your face, but nor do you want your face filled with other lines not reflective of all those good times.
To know if you’re aging naturally or experiencing the accelerated aging we can’t to fight, you need to know what to expect as you age.
Friday, May 26, 2017
By now the bone structure of the face has also changed, which adds to all of the above problems. The brows droop and the lips start to thin. Pigmentation cells can also start to behave erratically, which can trigger blotchy skin and the appearance of age spots.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Fat levels continue to fall, but as you approach and then pass menopause it’s the drop in hormone levels that cause the majority of changes. The skin becomes considerably drier, and this alone makes it more likely to crease and wrinkle. As collagen loss speeds up, this accentuates the laxity that begins in your early 40s and jowls can appear as the face starts to sag. You could also notice your skin start to look a little more sallow as circulation becomes less effective.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The face starts to lose shape now as you start to lose fat that lies under the skin. Lines and wrinkles become more pronounced, particularly the marionette lines that run from the sides of the mouth to the chin, and nasolabial folds that run from the side of the nose to the mouth. Falling collagen levels also lead to a slight hooding of the eyelids and laxity on the face and neck. Your skin tone might lose some brightness as cell turnover slows down, but the skin texture should still be smooth. You will notice the skin start to feel drier and tighter. Annoyingly this can also be a prime trigger point for adult acne as hormone levels start to become imbalanced in the run up to menopause.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
It’s normal for some lines to appear by now- particularly under the eyes, off to the sides as so-called crow’s feet, and the side of the mouth. The reason is the 10:10 rule- you lose about 10 percent of your collagen every ten years, so every decade you’ll start to notice a greater increase in wrinkles, lines and sagging skin. The good news is your skin tones should still be even, but you might start to notice that t looks a little duller and your skin might feel dryer.