Ageing Skin - What Is Happening?
Are you starting to feel the effects of laugh lines, frown lines, age spots, papery skin on your neck and hands, or losing the youthful, dewy bloom?
For most women nothing reflects the passage of time quite as clearly as our skin. And it’s worse if you were a "sun" baby of the 80's; remember how we would fry our skin, smothered with baby oil in the heat of the day?
And we can’t hide our changing face. When meeting someone new, the central area of view for them is from your chest up and the area they automatically focus on is your chest and face. The skin in this area usually provides a very accurate barometer of how well we are taking care of ourselves, inside and out; how good our diet is, our skincare regime or how hydrated we are.
What is happening to our skin as we age?
As we age the outer layers of skin (the epidermis) thins, even though the actual number of cell layers remain the same.
The inner layers of skin (dermis) consists mainly of the connective tissue of elastin (5%), and collagen (95%). When skin therapists speak about a “living surface”, they are referring to the dermis. As we age we lose collagen and elastin which reduces the skin's strength and elasticity, a process known as elastosis, the degeneration of elastic tissue. This is more evident in sun-exposed areas, with thinning (or sometimes thickening) of the skin, pigmentation, dryness and wrinkling, often creating a “rugged” appearance.
Other culprits ageing our skin include hormone changes, cell degeneration through natural deterioration and free radicals damaging cells, which depletes collagen and elastin and slows the rate of skin renewal.
“I like the woman you became better than the girl you were. I like the story you’ve written on your face.”
― Joanna Bourne, The Black Hawk
I love the above quote because my face does tell a story. It lets me know when I am sick or healthy, need hydrating (more water and less alcohol), more sleep or to eat a healthier diet. My face also tells me when I am happy or stressed.
Following a proper daily skincare routine, which takes into account of your changing needs as you age, is significant. But no matter how much care you take of your skin (even spending on the latest high-tech skincare products), it will be pointless if you don't take care of your diet. It is essential to think about the foods you eat and the effects they are having on your body. Not only on your skin, but on your overall health.
I have a friend who has been extremely ill over the years. A change in diet to eliminate sugar, caffeine and alcohol has not only made her look ten years younger but has also improved her health to the point where after ten plus years of being on active medication, the doctors are now reducing the amounts.
Stress is the other major factor in ageing and health. My friend has also become diligent with daily meditation and has learned to take time out for herself.
“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Cheers to creating many laugh lines with family and friends, but to also taking time out and enjoying a healthy diet - well, 80% of the time. A girl has to enjoy a glass of bubbles or two!
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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