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Effects of Aging on Skin

As we age so does the anatomy of our skin, it is one of the most obvious signs of aging. As we increase in age there is also an increase of wrinkles and sagging skin.

 

Skin becomes drier

As we age, our skin doesn’t produce as many oils as a result of decreasing hormone production. A good way to combat this is to add a good moisturizer to your daily regimen. It is also wise when showering or bathing to use warm water rather than hot water, which removes more oils from your skin.

 

Skin Thins

Those that are older sometimes have skin that appears to be translucent. As we get older, skin begins to thin revealing blood vessels that are concealing in younger skin. As your skin thins, it becomes more delicate. This is all due to the fact that as we age the fatty layer of the skin deteriorates. As this fatty layer diminishes it makes your skin more susceptible to breaks and bruising.  Sun exposure is another factor that plays into skin thinning; preliminary measures include adding a SPF to your daily routine to retain more elastin fibers in your skin. This keeps your skin from becoming fragile and losing its elasticity faster.

 

Skin starts to sag

With age comes sagging skin due to gravity catching up with age as well as thinning skin. As we lose the fatty layer of skin, collagen and elastin, we become more susceptible to sagging skin all over the body. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep skin tight and as women get older estrogen production decreases. It is important to care for your skin early on in life in order to slow skin sagging. You can also see an injectables specialist who can inject filler into your skin to round out your features. By starting these treatments early you can prevent certain parts of you skin from sagging. With a few weeks of recovery time, having a facelift is another way to tighten your skin.

 

Age spots form

 Later in life you’ll notice patches of pigments in your skin, known as age spots. These age spots appear on the parts of your skin that get the most sunlight, the UV light from the sun increases the production of melanin. Avoiding tanning beds and increased sun light exposure will help protect your skin from the development of age spots.

 

Wrinkles develop

The most common sign of aging are wrinkles. Even starting at the mid-20’s you can begin to see creases that are caused by your daily muscle and skin movement. As we age, more and more winkles appear due to exposure to the sun, dehydration and the thinning of skin.  It is important to start caring for skin at a young age to prevent early signs of aging. Steps include using a good sunscreen, moisturizers and keeping your body hydrated. Botox and fillers can also be used to reduce wrinkles.

Hyperpigmentation (Sun Damage/Sun Spots); Fort Collins Dermatologist

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Need advice from your Fort Collins, CO dermatologist on how to handle sun spots? Look no further than our advice corner! Tired of embarrassing sun spots and feeling like you have to hide them with long clothes or makeup? Did you know that sunspots are also known as hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by either hormonal reasons (see melasma blog post from earlier this month) or by sun exposure. Hyperpigmentation is characterized by a darkening of an area of skin. This occurs as a result of the overproduction of the skin pigment melanin. It is common and usually not harmful, but can be embarrassing for those that experience hyperpigmentation. Anyone can be affected, but those of darker skin typically experience hyperpigmentation more often. It can affect any part of the body, including face, hands, and neck.

Hyperpigmentation can show up from sun exposure as either letingo/lentigenes, or solar lentigenes. Lentigo means freckles, and lentigenes are multiple freckles. Solar lentigenes are known as sun spots, age spots, or liver spots, and they are freckles caused by sun exposure.

Your risk for hyperpigmentation can be avoided by wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF15 daily and avoiding sun exposure. Regular exfoliation is also helpful to remove dead surface skin cells. With dry, sensitive or mature skin, exfoliating 1-2 times a week is a healthy amount. With combination or oily skin, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is recommended. Do not exfoliate acne erupted skin as they can make the condition worse.

Hyperpigmentation can be treated with a customized skin care regimen, which we can help you prepare here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado! We can work with most budgets to help you plan a personalized treatment plan and we carry the line of Lira skincare products which are great for hyperpigmentation!