In part one, we talked about how our skin changes over time and the differences that appear as we get older. Aging is natural, but sometimes there are things that can be done to slow down the process or reduce the signs of it on our skin.
We have already looked at how skin changes in your teens and 20s and how it then changes again when you’re in your 30s. This time we will be looking at the changes that happen as you approach your 40s and 50s.
In Your 40s
What happens: When you reach your 40s, you might start to notice puffiness around your eyes and cheeks. There are several reasons for why this happens, with the main factor being that your lymphatic system has started to gradually slow down. Lymphatic drainage is the way that your body rids itself of any toxins, and as you get older, this starts to quickly decrease in speed. Your lymph glands are protected by elastic fibres which start to break down as you read your 40s.
Your skin also becomes more vulnerable to environmental conditions, due to the lack of sebum production. It also becomes more vulnerable to cellulite, which are deposited mostly around the thighs and hips.
Treat it: Whilst you can’t reverse the aging process, there are things that you can do to improve the look and feel of your skin. Because of the lack of sebum in your skin, it’s important that you keep it moisturised. We suggest something that rich and nourishing, as this will hydrate your skin in the best possible way. There are a number of products available that target aging skin, so it’s just finding the ones that are best for you.
In Your 50s
What happens: As you reach your 50s and over, your skin will start to show areas of pigmentation and age spots. This will be in areas that your cells decide to produce pigment, and is often on areas such as your arms, back of hands and face. You might also start to notice the appearance of spider veins – this is a sign of damaged blood vessels.
Another thing that women in their 50s often notice is that their pores seem to get a lot bigger. This is because your skin is loosening and pores are more pronounced. Other aging signs might be:
- Eyelids become hooded and wrinkled
- Skin becomes a lot drier and may start to crack
- Facial hair might start to appear
- Loss of tone and muscle (if you haven’t had regular exercise)
Treat it: Using a night cream is recommended, as this can repair dry skin as you sleep. Eye cream is definitely a good idea, as it can reduce the appearance of dark circles and crow’s feet. We suggest using any product that includes antioxidants, as this can help slow down inflammation.
Some older women also consider having cosmetic treatments to slow down the appearance of wrinkles, although there are conflicting opinions on this.
If you’re looking for high quality products to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave your skin looking and feeling as youthful as possible, Skinstation have you covered. Our Obagi products are brilliant for dealing with a number of skin problems, including both dry and oily skin.
For more information on the products that we stock, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 01481 736699 and a member of staff will be happy to help.