What Happens to Skin As it Ages?
Updated: Sep 17
Top tips on anti-aging and achieving healthy, glowing skin
As we age, our hormones change -- which affects our bodies and minds. This manifests most visibly through the skin -- our body’s largest organ. We stop (or slow down) the production of vital elements that produce that elastic, glowing skin of our youth.
The more you understand the process of skin and aging, the better prepared you can be to take care of your body -- and skin! So let’s delve deeper into the
9 Things That Happen To Skin As You Age:
1. Estrogen declines: Estrogen plays a critical role in helping skin maintain optimal moisture retention, elastin levels and skin thickness. The body's estrogen levels naturally decline with age, especially during perimenopause and menopause, causing a rapid reduction in collagen levels and accelerated skin aging.
2. Decline in Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid: As estrogen starts to decline, so do these crucial naturally-fueled elements of the body. As they start to decline, fine lines and wrinkles tend to appear.
3. Subdermal Facial Fat loss begins: “Jowling” is another term for this. It’s when skin starts to sag around your jaws, due to the loss of elasticity.
4. Increased TEWL (trans epidermal water loss): We start to become dry especially after menopause, and this shows through the skin.
5. Dull Complexion and Rough Texture: Our cell renewal starts to decrease, taking away that healthy glow that comes so naturally in youth.
6. Pigmentation: Cumulative UV damage starts to show as pigmentation
7. Blood Vessels more evident: Skin gets visibly thinner, exposing blood vessels, especially around nose
8. More Fragile Skin: Bruises and broken blood vessels show more and there’s a longer healing time
9. Hormonal Acne Can Appear: Some women experience acne during menopause. This is likely due to a drop in estrogen levels or an increase in androgen hormones like testosterone.
Holy Moly, that’s a lot of stuff happening!
Don’t worry we have you covered...
Realistically you need the following:
3 Ways to Protect Your Skin
#1. Physical broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 – Why? UVA is called the Aging ray, it’s just as strong in the winter as it is in the summer. Therefore if you drive the kids to school or go to the grocery store, you are accelerating aging with UVA by depleting your collagen. Guess what people? We don’t create any new collagen after the age of 21 so hold on to it!
#2 Retinol, this is a personal trainer for your FACE! - This bad boy improves texture and tone by stimulating collagen and speeding cell turnover. Improves acne by unclogging pores. Lessens hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin transfer from melanocytes to skin cells.
#3 L-Ascorbic Acid (aka Vitamin C) - Some call it liquid gold! AlumierMD has the freshest on the market. Our 15% L-ascorbic acid serum is paired with Vitamin E which delivers key moisturizing and antioxidant benefits as well as protects and increases the action of L-Ascorbic acid fourfold. This serum also strengthens the skin and decreases fine lines and wrinkles.
Not sure how to incorporate these tips into your routine? Book a free skin analysis and consultation with our skin therapist!