Aging skin

Usually when you think of aging skin, you think of wrinkles, age spots and leathery skin. Few people are aware that these typical symptoms are not symptoms of aging but a result of exposure to the sun. Aging causes increased dryness, a decrease in sweating and changes in hair growth and facial contours.

After the age of 40, the skin begins to lose collagen and elastin fibres. The dead cell layer then begins to thicken due to the inability of skin to shed its dead cells rapidly. The skin will then begin to show the results of sun damage done years ago in the form of keratosis, hyperpigmentation, and the appearance of wrinkles etc.

There have been some great advances made in shedding the of the top layer of dead cells faster than before and ways to help the skin to produce collagen. Glycolic acid, when combined with other fruit acids, vitamins and specific creams allow a much better penetration of moisturisers which in turn, improves the condition of aging skin in a majority of people.

A Ray Of Hope For Aging Skin

Retin-A and alpha hydroxy acids are the two best-known topical substances studied for their effect on wrinkles. You need to be aware of the possible side effects before any substance is used on your skin. Retin-A has been known to cause skin to become red and irritated and can make the skin very sensitive to sunlight. Many alpha hydroxy acids can also be irritating to sensitive skin and can cause burning or hyperpigmentation if the acid percentage is too high.

These problems can be avoided by ensuring you do not purchase a product with an acid percentage of over 10% unless recommended by your doctor. The pH level should also remain above a 3, to help counteract the acidity. Mandelic acid can be used for sensitive skins as it does not irritate and is stronger than most alpha hydroxy acids of a lower percentage. Mandelic acid can also assist with adult-onset acne, rosecea, melasma, and liver or age spots.

Kojic acid and copper peptide are two other not so well-known treatments for aging problems. Copper is a powerful promoter of collagen and elastin. Studies have shown a noticeable increase of collagen in the skin with the application of copper peptide. A noticeable decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is seen after just a few weeks use. There is no effect on pigmentation in the skin.

Kojic acid is a derivative of a variety of fungi and organic substances and can be effective when used a lightener to inhibit the production of melanin (brown pigment). Kojic acid is an excellent treatment for liver and age spots. New research has shown that Vitamin C can be beneficial in restoring aging skins’ overall tone and texture.

Moisturiser Misconceptions

A popular misconception is that wrinkles are caused by dry skin, this is not true although dry skin can certainly make wrinkles look worse than they need to. Moisturisers make your skin and wrinkles look better because it temporarily plumps the skin by lubricating it and the light bounces off it better which creates the optical illusion of smoother skin.

People commonly assume that if a moisturiser works on wrinkles then they can also prevent them from appearing at all. Sadly this has not been proven to be the case, moisturisers only plump up the outer layer of skin temporarily, aging, the sun and gravity will win in the end!

But don’t despair, there is some hope for your skin. Most important of all is to remember to use sunscreen at all times, if it is too late for prevention, there are some damage control measure you can take. There are a few substances available that act on wrinkles and agespots and do actually improve the appearance and condition of your skin. These products work on your skin’s physical structure so that some of the damage caused by normal aging and the sun can be reversed.

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