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Skin aging: Everyone will see some signs of getting older reflected in the look and feel of their skin at some point. If you’re new to the anti-aging skin care scene, you may not even know the first signs of skin aging to look out for. And, the longer you go without addressing them, the more noticeable these signs of skin aging can become. Nip these common early signs of aging skin in the bud from the beginning, by first getting to know what to look for and then by understanding how to address them.
Tell-tale sign of skin aging #1: Fine lines. Our skin naturally slows down its production of collagen and elastin—two key components of bouncy, plump-looking skin—in our late twenties to early thirties, says Skincare.com. So, it’s not uncommon to see a few fine lines develop during this time—especially if you make a lot of facial expressions or sleep on your side. While wrinkle development is common, if you’re noticing lines and creases forming in your late teens or early twenties, this could be a sign of too much sun damage or it could be linked to other skin aging factors like smoking, pollution, and overall skin care neglect. Address fine lines and wrinkles head on by adjusting the life style habits that may be spurring their development. You can also start taking care of your skin and preserving its youthful appearance by washing your face in the morning and night to remove surface dirt and grim. You can also try incorporating a serum that is formulated specifically to address this common signs of skin aging in your daily regimen. And, moisturize with a day cream that’s formulated with SPF broad spectrum protection. On a basic level, remember to start and end your day with clean skin, protect it from the elements (always apply broad-spectrum SPF) and replenish it with moisturizing skin care products on a daily basis.
Tell-tale sign of skin aging #2. Crow’s feet. These stubborn little lines that form in the corners of your eyes, can develop as early on as when you are in your 20s. Crow’s feet can develop for many of the same reasons that contribute to the formation of wrinkles in the other areas of your skin. You may be more prone to develop crow’s feet if you tend to squint or don’t regularly provide this dry area with moisture. You can address crow’s feet with skin care products like eye creams and balms that are specially formulated to address the delicate skin around your eyes. You can also further protect the area by shielding it from daily aggressors like the sun by wearing sunglasses on a regular basis while outdoors. And to lessen the chance of side-sleeping worsening the appearance of crow’s feet, consider investing in a silk pillowcase, which won’t rub as harshly against your skin.
Tell-tale sign of skin aging #3: Brown spots. After wrinkles, dark spots are probably the most obvious sign of skin aging says Skincare.com. When they develop early on, like in your 20s or 30s, there’s a good chance that too much unprotected sun exposure is to blame. This pesky sign of skin aging will only look more and more apparent with continued unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays. To keep the appearance of dark spots on your face from becoming more obvious, try to get in the habit of wearing a day cream that’s formulated with antioxidants and SPF broad spectrum protection. And, remember that dark spots can develop in other areas of your skin too, so apply a sunscreen on a daily basis to your neck, chest and tops of hands in addition to your face.
Tell-tale sign of skin aging #4: Sagging skin. Speaking of your neck, chest and hands, these areas are typically among the first areas of skin to show signs of aging – including sagging skin. To help plump and revive dry, rough, and crepe-like skin in these areas, Skincare.com recommends looking for a moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid. The skin care ingredient holds 1000 times its weight in water, helping your skin to hold onto added moisture for longer periods of time. In addition to hydrating skin, hyaluronic acid can help to plump its appearance. Consider applying a hydrating serum or cream formulated with hyaluronic acid in the morning and at night. And, be sure to apply SPF and antioxidants like vitamin C to these areas of your skin, too.
Tell-tale sign of skin aging #5: Dull, dry skin. A loss of skin moisture, paired with a slowed down surface cell turnover rate, which happens as you age, can leave skin looking dry, dull and rough. This process can be accelerated and brought on earlier than necessary if you are using skin care products that intentionally dry out your skin. While dry skin can be uncomfortable and experienced at any age it is also a tell-tales sign of aging—and not something that you should aspire to have. Keep dry skin at bay by moisturizing after cleansing while your skin is still damp in the morning and at night. Look for nourishing skin care formulas that will provide your skin with the hydration it needs.
It’s not uncommon to experience wrinkles, age spots, crow’s feet, dryness and sagging skin as you age, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t ward off and lessen the appearance of these typical signs of skin aging. While all of them may not be preventable or entirely erasable, you can address your concerns with the right anti-aging skin care products and routine, and help to preserve your youthful-looking skin today and in the years to come.