Collagen is a protein that provides our skin with structure and strength. Elastin is another protein found in our skin, but it affects the elasticity of our skin (the ability of our skin to “snap back”). They work together to give our skin its firmness and shape.
The structure of our face also changes as we see bone resorption and the loss of deep structural fat-pads. Furthermore, environmental stressors such as exposure to sunlight, compromises the production of both Collagen and Elastin even further.
As we age, we naturally lose the ability to produce the same amounts of Collagen and Elastic deep within our skin, as when we were young. By the age of 35 we have lost up to 50% of our skins’ natural Collagen and Elastin.
A few of the common signs of Aging Skin include:
♦ Age spots, which are the result of melanocytes increasing in number and clustering together,
especially in areas that are exposed to the sun such as the back of your hands
♦ Fine lines and wrinkles that develop in areas of your face that move the most,
such as around your eyes and mouth, and which may also be brought on by sun exposure and smoking
♦ Dull skin tone as a result of dead skin cells building up on the surface of your skin
♦ Thin and sagging skin as a result of less collagen and elastin production
and as our epidermis naturally slows its rate of cell production