What causes your skin to age?
Ageing is an unstoppable process. Environmental factors such as sun exposure, smoking, diet and lifestyle can all contribute, along with hormones and everyday facial movements/expressions. They all play a part in causing our appearance and characteristics of our skin to change.
As we age our skin becomes more fragile, cells divide more slowly causing the inner skin (Dermis) to thin. Fat cells beneath the dermis weaken, whilst the underlying collagen and elastin fibres loosen, causing the skin to have less elasticity. As we age the skin also loses the ability to retain moisture and repair itself. This is due to a loss of Hyaluronic Acid (a natural substance found in our bodies).
The sebaceous glands, (oil producing) become less active causing our skin to be drier. The skin loses fat and therefore looks less plump and smooth. Gravity also plays a big part in causing the skin to sag, creating fine lines and wrinkles.
There are two major components of facial ageing:-
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