Reasons Why Skin Ages

As skin ages, its elasticity weakens giving wrinkles and other signs of aging a chance to appear. Dead skin cells are not replenished efficiently enough, and collagen growth slowly decreases. This is a natural occurrence but exposure to certain environments may intensify the process.

The aging process is extremely complex. Many factors contribute to aging including but not limited to collagen depletion, loss of hormone, and certain cellular changes. One of the many reasons why skin ages is because of constant muscle movement over a lengthy period of time. When a person frowns or laughs, the muscles beneath the facial skin "glabellar lines" constantly contract which results in the creasing of the skin and ultimately causing wrinkles.

For patients, most likely women with delicate skin, the effects of aging may be slightly emphasized and in some, more permanent. External factors make a dramatic contribution to the way our skin ages. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays over the years can cause damage to the skin. Other factors such as facial expressions, smoking and even unique sleeping positions can cause your skin to age more rapidly.

Patients who sleep in certain positions may experience “sleep lines” which are wrinkles that develop on the face caused by your pillow. People who tend to sleep on their back are less likely to experience sleep lines. In general, as we age, our body undergoes natural changes such as drooping eyelids, sagging of the ears, and wrinkles in places that have been abused over the years.