Here’s how you can recognize signs of ageing skin before it's too late

By Skin & Hair Academy  |   July 31, 2015

Fear of ageing is something most women experience after a certain age. To deal with this, women often take recourse to various measures including dyeing their hair as they begin greying, undergoing surgery as the skin gets saggy and using age-defying creams to sport a younger and fairer looking skin.

The skin is subject to many forces as it ages; right from the sun to the harsh weather and personal habits that affect one’s health and skin. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are responsible for skin damage to a great extent. [1] The process of skin ageing can be delayed by protecting the skin from exposure to sunlight, and by cultivating the habit of using sunscreen lotions. [2]

 

Look for the signs of ageing and act accordingly:

 

  • 1. Dryness

    Your skin starts losing moisture with age. Dry and flaky skin is sometimes the first and foremost sign of ageing. The moment you start noticing such changes in your skin, start with proper moisturising that should include not just creams and lotions but also techniques like ‘’locking the moisture” of the skin immediately after bathing by applying a moisturiser all over. [3]

  • 2. Spots and blemishes

    Sun exposure, hormonal imbalance or poor diet and lifestyle may lead to spots and blemishes on the skin, especially in the areas exposed to sun. The good news is that they are amongst the most readily reversible signs of ageing. With proper diet, sun-screen and lifestyle changes, you could not just stop spots and blemishes but lighten them as well. [2]

  • 3. Crow’s-Feet

    Another sign of ageing, also known as “character lines”, are tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes. Crow’s feet develop with age and usually start to show in the mid- to late-30s. Crow’s feet form due to decreasing levels of collagen and elastin, the two proteins responsible for elasticity of the skin. Botox injection, which is now approved by FDA, could help reduce or even eliminate crow’s feet. [3]

  • 4. Under-Eye Bags, Darkness and Puffiness

    These signs occur due to stress, lack of sleep and long exposure to sunlight. Ensuring sound sleep, taking time off from work, using right sun screen and keeping yourself hydrated could help reduce these signs of ageing. Using a cool compression with water, milk and rose water is also known to reduce under-eye bags, darkness and puffiness. [4]

References:

[1] Parameters of protection against ultraviolet radiation-induced skin cell damage. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Parameters of protection against ultraviolet radiation-induced skin cell damage. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19360745. [Accessed 21 September 2015].

[2] The best sunscreen : Understanding sunscreen ingredients, types of sunscreen and more. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/best-sunscreen/art-20045110?p=1

[3] Intraoperative injection of botulinum toxin A into orbicularis oculi muscle for the treatment of crow's feet. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Intraoperative injection of botulinum toxin A into orbicularis oculi muscle for the treatment of crow's feet. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10839423. [Accessed 21 September 2015].

[4] Reduced appearance of under-eye bags with twice-daily application of epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum: a pilot study. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Reduced appearance of under-eye bags with twice-daily application of epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum: a pilot study. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25844616. [Accessed 21 September 2015].


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