Aging skin is a natural part of life, and although there is no way to stop your skin from aging, there are steps you can take to fight back against the effects and to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.
Since your skin is your body’s largest organ, it’s the first line of defense against environmental contaminants, and it’s designed to protect the organs inside of your body.
Over time, the natural aging process will cause your skin to lose elasticity, and it will become much more difficult for it to lock in moisture. As you grow older, your skin won’t be able to produce collagen quickly, and the signs of aging and sun damage will become much more noticeable.
Factors That Negatively Affect Your Skin
Hormones and genetics can impact your skin in different ways, and the aging process will cause a decrease in cellular activity. It will take more time for your cells to recover, which includes skin cells.
Fine lines and wrinkles are two common signs of aging skin. A few factors that can negatively impact your skin are sun exposure, environmental pollution, cigarette smoking and chronic stress.
Common Indicators of Aging Skin
To find out if your skin is aging prematurely, you should know some of the common signs of aging. As you get older, your skin will develop creases, lines and unwanted spots, and the effects of aging will become prominent. The development of dark spots is a known sign of aging, and they’re caused by sun exposure.
Another common sign of aging is sagging skin. As you grow older, your body loses muscle, which will cause your skin to sag. Since your skin has trouble attaching to the fat that has replaced the muscle, it will lose firmness and won’t look as good as it should.
The aging process is notorious for giving skin a dull, dry appearance, and it will lose its ability to hold moisture. When your skin becomes too dry, it starts to look like worn leather and loses its youthful glow.
Wrinkles and lines are two well-known signs that your skin isn’t as young as it used to be, and these issues are worsened by sun exposure. Aging even causes your skin to lose melanin, and it will make your skin look patchy.
Treating Your Aging Skin
If you are starting to show signs of aging skin and/or sun damage and skin cancer, make an appointment at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office as soon as possible. Treating your condition early can help to stave off a host of unwanted health concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Poplar Bluff or Paragould.