Effects of aging on our skin

As our skin ages, it is affected by many conditions: the sun, bad weather, and bad habits. If we know these situations, we can help our skin look more alive and healthy as we age.

So how is our skin affected by many conditions: our lifestyle, diet, genetics and personal characteristics. For example, smoking releases free radicals, leading to an increase in wrinkles and damage to the skin. Of course, there are other reasons that increase wrinkles and spots; For example, sun rays and air pollution lead to a decrease in subcutaneous adipose tissue support. Stress, our daily facial expressions, obesity and even our sleeping position provide effectiveness as the skin ages.

What are the skin changes that occur naturally as we age?

The skin becomes coarser

Some lesions, such as tumors, develop on the skin.

The skin loses its elasticity.

The upper skin layer becomes thinner and more sensitive. As a result of the thinning upper layer, the lower skin layer is also adversely affected.

The skin hurts more quickly and is prone to bruising. The reason for this is the thinning of the vessel walls in the skin.


Fat tissue loss develops on the cheeks, chin, nose and around the eyes and causes a tired appearance. There is a shrinkage in the bones of the mouth and jaw, and after the age of 60, the shrinkage of the mouth becomes more pronounced. The cartilage tissue in the nose is lost and the tip of the nose begins to appear lower.

The sun and our skin:

Overexposure to sunlight is one of the biggest culprits in aging effects. Sun exposure causes damage to elastin fibers over time. As a result of loss of elastin fiber, the skin loses its elasticity and sags. In addition, bruising and wounds take longer to heal. However, these effects do not occur when you are young, but as you age. For this reason, it is necessary to allow the skin to repair itself without continuing the sun exposure.

Other factors affecting skin changes are facial expressions and sleeping position. When the skin loses its elasticity, the eyebrows, eyelids, cheeks, under the chin and earlobes begin to sag under the influence of gravity.

The lines formed by mimics begin to become more pronounced between the ages of 30-40. Parallel lines on the forehead, down the nose and around the mouth, vertical lines become prominent. Constantly lying face down can lead to increased lines on the temples and cheeks.

Smokers have more wrinkles than non-smokers.

As the skin loses water with age and the adipose tissue decreases, the dryness of the skin increases. Since this dryness is more in winter, winter itching occurs in the elderly. In addition, with age, lymph drainage decreases and estrogen production decreases, which are factors that support the skin.

The easiest way to prevent skin aging is to provide healthier and more regular care for our skin while young. You can consult your dermatologist when you need help with these issues. In this process, providing moisture support to the skin, especially foods and creams with vitamin A are beneficial in protecting the structure of the skin. In addition, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 will also be useful in protecting the structure of the skin.

Our mental health is also an influencing factor as our skin ages. This is why our skin shines when we are happy. I wish you to stay happy, healthy and young..