One thing that we have minimal control is the natural ageing process and with time, we all get visible lines on our face, dryness, or even loss of skin elasticity. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthfulness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur and for some people, it happens earlier than expected.
As young as you are, you may think that the process of ageing is far from the beginning, but its not the case for everybody;
You might notice the following if you suspect your skin is ageing prematurely;
Loss Of Volume Around The Face
Your face starts adopting a bony structure whilst looking less full around the cheeks and lip area. This can look like a loss of volume around the face, including widening of the eye socket, shrinkage of the jaw bone, and loss and descent of fat compartments around the face.
Very dull and dry Skin
As your skin ages, it no longer exfoliates (sheds the dead cell layer) efficiently, and as a result, dead cells build up on the skin surface and decreases in luminosity and glow. It’s like having a thin callus on the skin surface. Your skin then gradually toughens and looks less appealing. More like leather.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Having wrinkles is natural and nothing to be concerned about as it is a normal process of ageing and hardly reversible but if you notice wrinkles appearing in a way that seems more extensive than your friends or agemates, you may be exhibiting signs of premature ageing. If you have been exposed to the sun for long periods cumulatively, those changes may be more visible in your early 20s to mid-30s. You will the ”older looking” amongst your agemates.
Thinning of the lips
Thinning lips are another telltale sign of ageing and the older you get, the less collagen you produce. Your lips begin to thin for the same reason your skin begins to sag with time: a natural decline in collagen. Young lips are full because young skin contains plenty of collagen and naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, which keeps your lips moist and plump from the inside out.
Overly Veiny Hands
Your hands often get more sun exposure and damage than your face, but most people don’t put the effort into protecting their hands as they do the rest of their body. This constant UV exposure can damage the skin’s elastin, which leads to wrinkles, sagginess, and the discolouration on your hands. As we get older, the delicate skin of the hands thins out, causing veins to appear more prominent. This makes your hands and feet look thinned out.
The earlier you start protecting your skin, the better it will age over time, and sometimes, seeing an expert is the best way to help you stop premature ageing in its tracks.