Did you know the skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s? Just when you’re about to kick off adulthood, you start to get old. Go figure, right? As we age, the production of collagen—an essential protein that acts as the framework to our skin—starts to slow. Furthermore, the elastin in our skin, which is responsible for keeping things nice and firm, demises and can even break down. Dead skin cells start to accumulate because they no longer shed as quickly, and turnover of new skin cells starts to decrease. Ultimately this leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, which can start to become apparent as early as your 30s.
Stress, wrinkles, sluggish digestion – does it seem like the minute you hit your 30s, the world turned against you? Things may not be as firm or flawless as they were when you were 22, but there are plenty of ways to subdue the signs of aging. Check out our suggestions for assembling your very own “thirtysomething survival kit”:
Q. When an anti-aging product says it provides “firming” benefits, what does that mean? You can’t really lift “saggy” skin with a topical cream, can you?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
The elastin in our skin is what keeps things tight and in place; sometimes it is referred to as the “rubber bands” or “youth fibers” of the skin. As we age, the elastin’s fibers (fibroblasts) start to separate and breakdown causing your skin to sag. Firming can occur from products when ingredients are proven to support the elastin production within your skin. Look for products rich in peptides, vitamins and antioxidants. Read more →
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