As we start moving and putting our body in motion, the puffiness disappears, because the water is reabsorbed throughout the skin. In our late 20s, this re-absorption doesn‘t happen as naturally any longer. For over 20 years, the delicate under eye tissue has been stretching to accommodate these fluids. Now, this helpful accommodation has weakened the tissues and the skin starts to sag. By our 30s, because cellular regeneration is slowing down, fine lines and wrinkles may begin to appear around our eyes.
By our 40s, fat loss may begin, resulting in excess skin that arranges itself in sags and folds. The initial signs are horizontal lines across the forehead and some droopiness of the eyelids. Loss of fat in the cheeks can cause puffy jowls on each side of the chin and lips may thin. With sagging skin comes shadows, which eventually become dark circles under our eyes.
By our 50s, the skin renewal process slows by almost 50%. The skin then becomes thinner and less flexible. There is less collagen and elastin in the skin. It is less able to repair damage or retain its critical moisture level. Also, at this time, the sebaceous glands produce less oil, causing the skin to become drier. Dry skin makes wrinkles are more evident.
We all have either seen this happen already or will see it happen. The aging process of the skin is a fact of life; we can’t stop it. But we can slow it down. How? Through knowledge about what the skin is and how it works. Armed with this knowledge, we can choose the best products and habits for our skin’s optimum health and timeless beauty.