The Effects Of Aging On The Skin Include These 5 Things (Anti Aging Q&A)

Have you been worried about the signs of ageing on your skin?

Do you want to know how ageing can affect your skin and what you can do to prevent or delay it?

Today, we are talking about how ageing affects the skin in various ways, and not just by showing up as fine lines or wrinkles. We also discuss whether it only affects the skin or are there any deeper changes too. Do read the most common effects that ageing can have on your skin, so that you can take the adequate amount of precaution, as we also discuss in the article later on.

How does the aging process affect the skin? 

One of the biggest impacts of ageing on skin is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know that there are other ways too in which it can affect your skin?

With ageing, your skin goes through the following changes:

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  • The skin becomes rougher and has a more coarse texture as opposed to what it was like when you were younger.
  • You may be able to see the appearance of lesions on the skin, such as benign tumours.
  • Your skin starts to lose its elasticity and appears loose and slack. It loses the natural firmness and its ability to bounce back to being firm is also significantly reduced.
  • Your skin starts to look thinner, which makes the veins under the skin look more prominent.
  • With age, the skin becomes more fragile and is prone to suffering more wear and tear and gets easily damaged.

Does aging only affect the skin’s appearance or are there also changes on a cellular level? 

When your skin starts to age, the effects may show up first on the surface of your skin. However, there are a lot of ways in which your skin starts getting damaged and fine lines and wrinkles are not the only ways.

Here are some of the other changes that happen in your skin on a cellular level.

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  • The ageing process actually firsts begins on a cellular level, which is deep underneath your skin.
  • What you see on the surface of your skin as fine lines and wrinkles is actually a sign of the changes that are happening below the skin.
  • Production of new skin cells becomes very less and the main proteins in the dermis start to degrade.
  • There is a major decrease in cellular turnover and the thickness of the epidermis starts to reduce as your skin begins the ageing process.
  • Your skin is less able to absorb and hold on to the moisture, and it starts becoming rougher and also loses its natural glow and shine.
  • As the ageing process starts to progress, the skin is more prone to oxidative damage and breaking down of the capillaries.
  • Small blood vessels become more prone to rupture, and your skin may bruise faster than earlier.

What are the top 5 effects of aging on the skin? 

Here are the top 5 effects of ageing that you can notice on your skin.

1. Skin loses its elasticity

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As you age, your skin no longer appears as firm and taut as when you were younger. This is due to the reason that now your skin is producing less collagen and elastin.

As you age, your skin produces less and less amount of collagen each year, which gradually makes your skin sag and look loose. This loss of elasticity can start as early as in your 20’s or 30’s, depending on your overall lifestyle.

Tip: A great way to boost your skin’s natural collagen production is by eating foods that are rich in their natural collagen boosting properties and also contain a good amount of antioxidants.

2. Your skin is more dry and dull 

With ageing, your skin will start to look more and more dry and will also have a dull look.

This is because when your skin starts to age, your body’s capacity to produce new cells goes through a significant decline.

As a result, your skin is not able to heal itself, and the newer skin cells are not able to take the place of the ones that are already suffering from the wear and tear of ageing. This can happen during your mid to late 20s.

Tip: Try using a honey and sugar scrub that will naturally exfoliate your skin and help to remove all the residual dead skin cells. This will make your skin look radiant and clean.

3. Age spots and pigmentation spots

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Ageing skin is more prone to show up the results of sun damage, and these can manifest in the appearance of age spots and patches of pigmentation. When your skin gets mature, it has also been exposed to the harmful rays of the sun for much longer.

As your skin becomes more transparent and fragile, these spots become more visible. While you may not notice these age or sun spots and pigmentation patches till you are in your 30s, the damage can start to kick in as early as when you are in your 20s.

Tip: In order to remove sun spots naturally, you can regularly apply lemon juice on the affected areas and wash it off once it is dry. Lemons contain citric acid which acts as a natural bleaching agent and will help to lighten the spots and also the pigmentation.

4. Fine lines become deeper

One of the first signs of ageing is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As your skin starts to age more your fine lines and wrinkles will deepen. Each time you make a facial expression, such as smiling, laughing, frowning, sulking and so on, these lines will get deeper and become more prominent.

Fine lines and wrinkles can start appearing as early as in your mid 20s and this also depends on your overall lifestyle. If you are a regular smoker, you may notice more prominent lines around your mouth area.

Tip: Try dabbing honey and lemon juice mix on your skin as this is a natural way to tighten your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Puffiness around the eyes

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When your skin starts to age, the skin tone decreases because your lymph glands are able to provide less elastic support. These are also required to flush out the toxins from your body, which decreases significantly when you start to age.

As a result, the skin around your eyes looks puffy. Your overall complexion also becomes dull and less bright. The first damage starts happening in your 30s.

Tip: Take two tea bags and soak them in warm water. Chill the tea bags in the fridge for some time. Place these on your eyes for about five minutes and remove.

Is it really possible to use lifestyle choices or make lifestyle changes to delay the aging process of the skin, or is this really determined by genetics? 

Making some changes in your lifestyle and following an active and healthy routine can delay the signs of ageing and slow down the ageing process. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, sleeping for seven to eight hours and eating fresh foods can help.


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