Tips on aging gracefully by keeping your skin healthy and glowing
9/1/2015 1:19:25 PM
|written By : Jamuna Pai|
Mature skin is physiologically different from young skin, hence needs little more care and attention. No one is immune to the changes that skin undergoes as it ages. As you age, your skin loses both collagen, a protein that keeps skin firm, plump and wrinkle-free, and elastin, a protein that gives skin strength and allows it to stretch. Therefore the skin is no longer as firm as it once was. Exposure to free radicals and the sun’s ultraviolet light causes further damage to collagen and elastin.
Another problem that you can face in your 50’s is that the dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and skin may not regenerate new, healthy cells as easily, which can cause it to appear rough and dull. Also, mature skin tends to dry out more often than youthful skin -sweat and oil glands deplete with age, depriving the skin of some of its natural moisture.
As you turn 50 and step into the menopausal stage, the body is subjected to a huge hormonal change (depletion of oestrogen), which leads to Cloasma (skin pigmentation) and hair loss that begins on the top of the head and is usually seen as thinning of the hair rather than a complete loss of hair. The lowering of the female hormone physiologically makes the male hormone relatively more active. This causes androgenetic alopecia (hair fall, adult acne, pigmentation and thinning and sagging of skin).