Signs of Facial aging and what can you do about it?


Is your face looks older than your natural age? The signs of aging are there if you know how to notice it. These are some of the signs of aging that can be noticed easily:

1. Sunspots

The powerful UV-rays of sunlight can cause some significant damages which appear as patchy dark spots on the face. These spots begin to appear around our 30s and progress as we age.

2. Lines & Wrinkles

Loss of elasticity, dry skin, sun damage, repeated usage of facial muscles or smoking - these are some common causes of the appearance of lines or wrinkles. One of the earliest wrinkles to appear crow’s feet are the little wrinkles that form at the corners of the eyes. It is known to cause by smiling or squinting.


Dark circles under the lower eyelids accompanied by bags are common signs of aging. It can happen due to fatigue, aging, sun exposure or dehydration.

4. Sagging skin

Our skin loses elasticity as we age due to loss of elastin and collagen.

5. Dull skin tone

Lackluster skin tone is caused most of the time as a result of dead cell accumulation over time.

6. Dry skin

Our skin loses its ability to moisten itself as we grow old. Sun damage and decreased healthy cell growth can also contribute to this issue.

How to protect your skin from aging

Aging is a natural process which makes it difficult to prevent the deterioration of skin health with age. But we can slow down the process by taking care of our physical health through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Certain measures can be helpful when it comes to preventing damage. Those are as follows:

Sunscreen: Avoiding excess sun exposure and using sunscreen is the single most effective measure to prevent sun damage. Keeping the powerful UV rays away from the skin ensures long-lasting healthy skin tone. Wearing a wide hat is also a good idea.

Moisturizers: Moisturizers can help soothe skin and may temporarily make wrinkles less noticeable. Moisturizers trap water in our skin and can bring a youthful appearance. Exfoliant creams can improve the appearance of older skin by getting rid of dead skin cells that don't slough off as readily as they did when we were young.

Botox injections: Botox injection targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.  Injecting Botox into these muscles will temporarily reduce muscle activity. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers can correct volume loss and bring back the fullness of the face. They are used to treat lines created by lost collagen and fat and very effective in reducing early signs of aging. They are second to Botox injections in terms of popularity as cosmetic procedures. Currently, the most popular one is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that delivers nutrients to the skin, helping the skin maintain moisture and softness and adding volume.

Laser treatments. Many age-related concern like sun damage, age spots or wrinkles can be effectively treated with Lasers. Lasers target specific pigments: brown or red in our skin and can get rid of unwanted age-related spots and sun damages. They're also good for resurfacing of the facial skin. Energy from laser microbeams create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger-looking skin.

image_1831137_left Lifestyle modifications: Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking can age our skin extremely fast and can cause appearance of wrinkles at an early age. Alcohol dehydrates the skin. A healthy diet along with regular physical activities can improve blood circulation around the body and prevents aging. Diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide powerful antioxidants and vitamins crucial for the body to fight the aging process.

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