Ageing – Sun Damage!

Most skin ageing is photo-ageing. In other words, it's due to sun damage acquired throughout life.
Chronic sun damage probably accounts for 80-90% of the changes we associate with ageing of the skin. These include dryness and flakiness, irregular pigmentation, fine crisscross wrinkling, broken capillaries, sallowness and general coarsening of the skin.
Of course skin, like any other body organ, ages chronologically - or deteriorates as our bodies grow older.
The epidermis (our skins' top layer) becomes thinner as we age. At the same time, the outermost layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum) thickens in some areas with the result that older skins often look drier and more flaky. The oil and sweat glands are also less active in old age and this contributes to the dryness. Another part of normal ageing are expression lines on the face from muscle activity. These include frown lines on the forehead, laughter lines (crow's feet) at the corners of the eyes, and 'purse string' lines around the mouth. Fat is deposited in certain areas of the face as we age and muscle tone decreases. Add to this the effects of gravity causing tissues to sag, and the end result is jowls, bags under the eyes 👀 and loose skin.
Sometimes grooves develop on the face as a result of a habitual sleeping position.
Elastin and collagen are special fibres in the dermis (the layer under the epidermis) which give the skin elasticity and suppleness as well as strength and resilience. Over time fibres degenerate and lose their orderly arrangement.
In other areas the pigment cells produce too much pigment and the result is solar lentigines or 'age spots'
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