Signs of skin aging, such as wrinkles, are a natural part of the aging process. Understanding and learning more about the natural skin aging process could ultimately help you to delay and minimize the effects of aging on your skin. So here we take a closer look at the processes and science behind skin aging.
The Aging Process
The process of skin aging involves a combination of a deterioration of the structures in our skin and a slowing down of our skins natural functions. Wrinkles are by far one of the most common signs of aging and these can be attributed to a reduction in the production of collagen, a structural protein that gives our skin essential support.
As we age, the outer layer of our skin known as the epidermis also becomes thinner, and our skin can appear paler and more translucent, due to a decrease in the number of pigment-containing cells. Our skin also loses some of its elasticity due to changes in the connective tissue in our skin, in a process known as elastosis.
What are the Causes?
Age-related skin changes are the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Significantly one of the largest factors contributing to skin ageing is sun exposure, and this is the leading environmental stressor contributing to skin ageing. Whilst there’s no denying that some sun exposure can benefit our skin, helping us to manufacture vitamin D, over time the sun’s ultraviolet light can cause damage to important fibres in our skin known as elastin. This is a special type of protein which helps to keep our skin flexible and tight, allowing skin to snap back to its original shape after being stretched or pulled, and can in many respects be likened to a rubber band. Damage to these elastin fibres causes skin to sag and reduces skins elasticity, a common sign of aging.
There are a number of different treatments available that can help you to fight the signs of skin aging, such as Thermage, which is a non-invasive treatment designed to boost collagen and leave your skin looking firmer. If you’re looking for Thermage in the UK then please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.