Aging Gracefully – Changes in Your Skin

For decades, people have been fighting a battle again wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. We have become so enamored with the idea of having eternally smooth and soft skin just like that of a baby’s that sometimes we forget that wrinkles are just a normal part of growing old. In fact, it is something that we all have to go through no matter what kind of skin products we use to keep us looking young.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t take care of our skin and to just let nature take its course. On the contrary, we should do everything that we can to keep our skin healthy, beginning with getting the right information about our skin and how it ages.

Our skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer.

The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. Its primary function is to provide protection to our body. This layer is made of keratinocytes. The variation in color of human skin is due to the different amounts of melanin found in the epidermis of the skin.

The dermis is the layer of the skin underneath the epidermis. It contains connective tissues that serve different purposes. For example, there are the elastin fibers that are responsible for the skin’s elasticity. There is also the collagen that makes the skin strong, as well as the glycosaminoglycans that give the skin turgidity.

The dermis is connected to the epidermis by means of the dermal-epidermal junction. This part of the skin contains rete ridges through which nutrients pass from the blood vessels of the dermis and out to the epidermis.

Finally, there is the subcutaneous tissue, where the fat cells of the skin reside. These fat cells help regulate the temperature of your body and also give fullness to the skin.

Now, where do wrinkles come in? Cells in the epidermis become thinner and less sticky as a person grows older. The result of this is a thinner overall appearance and dryer skin. The reduction in the epidermal cells also causes a slower rate at which the skin is able to repair itself.

There is also a considerably reduced production of collagen in the dermis, which weakens the skin and makes it less resistant to damage. Elasticity is reduced as the elastic fibers deteriorate. The fat cells in the subcutaneous layer are also reduced and the rete ridges in the dermal-epidermal junction will become flat.

All these changes put together will result in the formation of wrinkles in the skin. The processes that lead up to the appearance of wrinkles are natural and inevitable, which means that we really cannot escape it forever. We may be able to delay the wrinkles by using moisturizers and creams but we won’t be able to hold them off forever.

With Botox injections, your skin may look smooth and young but it’s really not a natural solution. Whether you decide to use anti-skin aging products and procedures or not, it is important to remember that the health of your skin and body is more important than just the physical appearance.