Why does skin age?

Why does skin age: The skin ages naturally, but have you ever wondered exactly why it does that?

Why does skin age: The skin ages naturally, but have you ever wondered exactly why it does that?SPF protection: The ageing process and the skin

Over time, skin begins to lose elasticity and fullness, and wrinkles start to appear. It's a natural process that happens to both men and women. Understanding why that happens can help you determine the best way to reduce the effects of ageing on your skin.

Factors that affect skin ageing

Several factors affect how your skin ages. Both genetics and lifestyle play major roles in the ageing process. That means that everyone's skin does not age the same way.

Over the years, the skin loses collagen, which is the primary protein in human connective tissue. With less protein, skin becomes thinner and looser. Wrinkles can result, as well. Often it's the changes to the skin on the face, neck and hands that many people become self-conscious about as they age. Common concerns are wrinkles around the eyes and brown spots (also known as age spots).

Your lifestyle impacts your skin too. Habits such as smoking, unhealthy diet and frequent sun exposure can quicken the ageing process. For example, UV light from the sun can damage elastin fibres in the skin, causing it to sag and lose firmness.

Skin treatments

While you cannot stop skin from changing over time, premature ageing does not have to be something you experience. Whenever you go outdoors, for example, wear sunscreen to protect your skin.

To respond to the signs of ageing, cosmetic treatments are a popular option. The treatments can target wrinkles, brown spots and uneven skin tone, without requiring surgery. Some options available are microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and dermal fillers.

To find out whether one of these treatments is appropriate for you, please contact our expert team of dermatologists. We are happy to meet you for a consultation. Looking your best is important, so why put it off any longer?


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