Aging is one of the things that are inevitable part of our lives.
Although the idea of being forever young has been sold to women for centuries by the beauty industry – there isn’t a product in the world that can stop the process.
There is however no need to panic if you’ve already woken up to the appearance of slight wrinkles on your face.
The process of aging
According to Derm Store after you reach the ripe age of 20, your skin produces 1 percent less collagen each year. In our mid-20s, our bodies gradually stop producing as much collagen as before which causes our skin to lose elasticity.
Injury, surgery, acne and other skin diseases can also cause wrinkles and lines. Smoking also accelerates the development of fine lines and wrinkles and makes those already existing worse.
During your 20s, the ability of the skin to slough off dead skin cells also decreases by about 28 percent, so the collagen becomes looser. As you reach your 30s, the skin loses its natural ability to transport moisture between its layers, and fat cells begin to shrink, making it thinner and duller in appearance.
When you reach your 40's and 50's, your body no longer produces collagen and your skin loses its elasticity while it becomes more dry and it bruises more easily.
What the experts advise
We spoke to aesthetic specialist Dylan Muzondo and he says that women should start using anti-ageing serums and products in their late 20’s before they start seeing visible signs of ageing.
“As we age the skin starts to show more wrinkle depth, roughness, wrinkle volume as well as sagging skin,” he says.
“The skin colour and luminosity will also deteriorate. Clinical research has shown that the process of ageing is intimately linked with photo damage from both UVA and UVB solar radiation. Which causes a significant damage of the macromolecular building blocks of the skin.”
Dylan says that women should start using cleansers that are not harsh on their skin, exfoliate regularly use antioxidants paired with a good moisturiser with spf.
“You should also reduce your alcohol intake, smoking or any use of recreational drugs. Get sleep and drink more water. Women should also make regular visits to a dermatologist or aesthetic clinics for treatments such as chemical peels, IV therapy, platelet rich plasma as well as micro needling,” he explains.
Dylan says that these are the few ways that will help slow the appearance of wrinkles.
Regular use of good cosmeceuticals cleansers that are not harsh on the skin and that have anti-bacterial properties.
- Always use sunscreen and a good moisturiser.
- Use of serums that exfoliate, repair, resurface and restore.
- Take healthy supplements like vitamin C, collagen, and eat healthy balanced meals.
- Drink water and get enough sleep.
- Age: As you get older, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile. Decreased production of natural oils dries your skin and makes it appear more wrinkled.
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation, which speeds the natural aging process, is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibres, which lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis).
- Smoking. Smoking can accelerate the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. This may be due to smoking's effect on collagen.
- Repeated facial expressions. Facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. And as skin ages, it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place. These grooves then become permanent features on your face.