As we age, various bodily processes begin to slow down. Our skin, hair growth patterns, eyesight, and metabolism can all change. While changes with age are perfectly normal and natural, some changes may be prevented with the proper intervention. Surprisingly, our skin starts to change as early as 25 years old. So, even if you still feel young and vibrant, your skin might be slowing down.
Wondering what kind of products help with reversing or preventing signs of aging? These can be anything from high-strength SPF, vitamin C, retinol, prescription-strength retinoids, hyaluronic acid, or AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids). Keep reading for 5 signs you’re ready for these anti-aging products.
#1 You’ve developed fine lines around your eyes
Because the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, it is one of the first places where you might see signs of aging. These might be fine lines under the eye or crow’s feet toward the side of your eyes. You might also notice finer lines because of dryer skin (another sign of aging skin).
Some women might begin to notice finer lines after they’ve applied make-up or powder under their eyes. This is because make-up can fill in fine lines causing them to look deeper than they are. This is a sign that fine lines are getting deeper or that your under eyes are dehydrated.
#2 You’ve lost your glow and have dull-looking skin
When you’re in your teens glowy, smooth and dewy skin comes effortlessly. Losing this glow and experiencing duller-looking skin is due to the slowing down of your skin cell turnover rate. So, over time, the rate at which your skin regenerates and creates new skin cells, slows down.
You can speed up your skin cell turnover rate by using retinoids like tretinoin.
#3 You have looser or thinner skin
As we age collagen levels decline (beginning around 25 years old). Collagen is an abundant protein that gives your skin structure. It’s been called “the scaffolding” of the skin.
When collagen starts to deplete, your skin can begin to feel looser, less elastic, and less supple. Losing collagen and elastin is why the facial skin can begin to sag over time.
Retinoids can help increase collagen and elastin production giving your skin the boost it needs to remain firm and supple.
#4 You have brown spots or hyperpigmentation
The sun is one of the biggest culprits of premature aging. Research has shown the sun’s harmful UV rays are behind 80% of skin aging. Sun damage can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. As we age, we begin to see the sun’s cumulative damage.
If you have melasma, brown spots, or hyper pigmentation on your skin, you have already experienced sun damage to some degree. When it comes to the sun, the best offense is a great defence. Using daily SPF 50 can help reduce the damaging effects the sun can have on your skin.
Retinoids, chemical peels, AHAs products, and microdermabrasion treatments can also help reduce the appearance of skin damage from the sun.
#5 Your skin has rough patches and dryness
Dryness is a hallmark sign of skin aging. If the skin barrier function has become impaired with age or sun damage, important hydration can easily escape the skin’s surface. If you’ve noticed your skin is thirstier, dull, and has areas of roughness — this might be a sign your skin is aging.
You might also be prematurely aging your skin by damaging your skin barrier function with harsh cleansers or scrubs. This can be remedied by focusing on prioritizing your skin barrier health. This means using lipids like ceramides, omegas, humectants, rosehip oil, or jojoba oil. These products help to rebalance the lipid matrix of your skin and traps much-needed moisture in your skin.
So, are you ready for anti-aging yet?
If you’re over the age of 25, it’s likely you’re experiencing at least some of the signs of skin aging, although it might be subtle.
Over time fine lines deepen, skin gets drier and loses more and more collagen and elastin. If you’re worried about keeping your skin looking it’s very best — start sooner rather than later. It’s easier to prevent signs of aging than it is to reverse signs of aging.