10-07-2017 | Dermatologist | Facial Care , Skin , Body care

Characteristics of mature skin

Time most definitely takes its toll on our skin. As the years go by, skin changes and it gradually loses certain characteristics. But, what are the defining features of mature skin? How can we identify it?

The main characteristics of mature skin that disappear with age are flexibility and elasticity. Part of the skin’s consistency gradually decreases, it becomes more fragile, finer, more uneven and the dreaded wrinkles appear, which are accompanied by pronounced expression lines.

Why does this happen?

It is normal for mature skin to lose its functional capacity. The regeneration process gradually recedes and therefore cells need more time to renew their layers, particularly, the outermost layer: the stratum corneum.

Since the quality of the regeneration process is reduced, we will notice how our skin becomes more sensitive to external factors and requires more nourishing bio-elements. Therefore, skin will be more susceptible to environmental, factors, to incorrect skincare routines or habits, a deficient diet, sleep-insomnia rhythm alterations or the dreaded stress among others.

We should also bear in mind the effects of UV radiation. Photo ageing is also a recurring cause, as it speeds up the formation of new cells in an unhealthy manner. UV radiation causes tissue damage to the basal layer of skin and abnormally increases the cell division processes. This is why it is related to the early appearance of skin lesions: due to the build-up of abnormal cells, early ageing occurs together with pigmented lesions that can be pre-cancerous.

But I’m still young, aren’t I?

Yes. The level of tissue damage probably does not correspond with your age, which, although it is a determining factor, it is not the only one. There are a number of factors related to the individual characteristics of skin and the ageing process thereof.

However, we should bear in mind that our skin, in particular on our face, requires daily skincare routines in order to prevent dehydration and undernourishment, which leads to premature ageing. Prevention should begin at around 35 years of age, when we should start caring for our skin a little more and preparing it and preventing future damage that will be harder to solve.

Tips

Therefore, mature skin should not be a burden; it is the natural consequence of the passage of time. We recommend a series of basic routines:

  • Protect your face:
    • Wash your face with warm water and use gentle products at least 1-2 times a day. Exfoliate your face once a
    • Daily hydration. If environmental conditions are extreme, moisturise your skin a few times a day.
    • Carry out a deep tissue nourishment treatment every day.
    • Apply sunscreen to skin daily, regardless of the time of the year.
  • Look after your body:
    • Clean and moisturise your body thoroughly, specifically surfaces that are particularly dry: elbows, knees and hands.
  • But, above all, look after yourself:
    • Do some gentle exercise every day.
    • Eat a varied and healthy diet with the correct intake of liquids, vitamins and fibre.

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