How Age Impacts Your Skin

You moisturize, exfoliate, and use sunscreen on a regular basis — and your skin still shows signs of aging. It’s a hard fact of nature: While caring for your skin can play an important role in delaying or reducing the signs of aging, it can’t completely eliminate those signs. 

The good news is that there are plenty of treatments that can turn back the clock so your skin looks and feels more youthful.

As a top-ranked aesthetic practice in Greenwich, Connecticut, Chicque Aesthetics offers advanced skin care treatments and customized regimens aimed at improving the way your skin looks and feels. Treatment begins with a personalized evaluation, along with a basic understanding of how age-related changes take a toll on your skin health.

Skin-deep: The impact of age

Age affects your skin in different ways. Some of those changes are biological, related to changes in hormones or a decline in natural oils and moisture. 

Other changes are environmental, adding up after years of wear-and-tear (not to mention plenty of exposure to the sun’s UV rays). And still others have to do with your lifestyle, your habits, your genetics, and, yes, even good old gravity.

Unlike other organs, your skin is visible — or at least the upper layer is. Even though age-related changes may begin in the deeper layers of skin, it’s the visible upper layer where those changes are most noticeable. As you get older, the structure of skin changes and that means you notice change like:

Not all people experience the same effects as they age. But even those of us blessed with great skin will begin to show the inevitable signs of aging eventually.

Underlying causes of aging skin

Many age-related changes are due to a loss of moisture and oils, along with the decline of hyaluronic acid and other components that help hold moisture in. Loss of natural oils also contributes to dryness and rough patches. 

UV rays

The sun can cause skin to thin as you get older, making your veins more visible and giving skin a more transparent look. Combine that with a loss of natural volume and plumpness, and it’s only a matter of time until wrinkles and lines become more apparent.

The sun is also responsible for photoaging, a series of changes that are directly related to the amount of UV rays your skin has absorbed over the decades. Regular use of sunscreen can help reduce or even prevent a lot of these changes, which is why it’s so important to use sunscreen liberally, no matter how old you are. 

In addition to making skin thinner, photoaging also causes age spots (also called liver spots or sun spots), along with rough, scaly patches called keratoses.

Decline in essential proteins

Aging skin also produces less collagen and elastin, two important components that give youthful skin its firmness, resiliency, and bounce. When collagen and elastin levels decline, the natural scaffolding that holds your skin in place starts to degrade, contributing to sagging and making wrinkles more pronounced. 

Lifestyle factors

Lifestyle factors can also take their toll on your skin. Illnesses, poor nutrition, bad sleep habits, and smoking can all affect your skin’s health and how it handles the aging process. Even the way you sleep can make wrinkles and lines more pronounced, especially if you sleep on your side.

Give your skin a youthful boost

As you get older, there are lots of things you can’t change — but aging skin isn’t one of them. At Chicque Aesthetics, we offer a comprehensive array of treatments aimed at helping women and men look and feel more attractive, confident, and youthful. 

From BOTOX® and fillers to skin resurfacing and thread lifts, there’s a treatment option that’s just right for you.

The first step toward more youthful, radiant skin is to schedule a consultation and evaluation with our team. We can design a custom treatment plan that’s focused on your concerns and goals to help you look and feel your best. 

To schedule your consultation, give us a call at 475-209-5768 or use our online form to book an appointment today.

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