As we age, collagen, the substance that gives our face volume, begins to decrease. In addition, our skin becomes less elastic, thinner, and drier, which contributes to wrinkles, worry lines and a duller, more opaque appearance. Factors such as sun-exposure and lifestyle each play a role in how fast your face ages as well.
You might not notice it when you look in the mirror every day, but your face is slowly getting older over time. Those wrinkles get deeper, your lips get thinner, and your skin becomes less plump and loses its elasticity. While smiling is a wonderful thing to do, it can increase the likelihood of developing lines around your eyes and mouth. Smiling can pull on your skin against your facial muscles, and as you age it will not snap back into place as well as it used to.
Your lifestyle will also dictate how your skin will age. Certain habits, such as smoking, diet, and not sleeping properly will all cause your skin to age prematurely. While you can slow down the effects by avoiding these negative behaviors, there is unfortunately nothing that will hold off the aging process forever.
Other Elements Contributing to Accelerated Aging
Sun exposure over time will also contribute to speeding up and exacerbating the effects of an aging face. UV rays will damage your cells, and the heat can dry out your skin and leave it looking dehydrated, dry, and discolored. It’s important that you wear sunscreen when you are outside in the heat that provides strong SPF protection. You should also keep hydrated to prevent your skin from drying out.
For many of these factors, you won’t necessarily notice the effects until later on in life. However, protecting your skin throughout your youth will help delay and inhibit the signs of aging. You may not know it at the time, but your skin is constantly slowly aging. The sooner you start to protect it, the better results you will have in the future.
We are here to help you look your best. Our services for rejuvenating your face for a more youthful look are available through an array of options. At Bridgeport Laser & Wellness Center we focus less on “anti” aging and more on “thoughtful” aging to give you results that will, with proper care and maintenance, stand the test of time.
Treatments for an aging face: