Spotting the Signs of Aging
Changes in the skin are some of the most obvious signs of aging. While skincare can slow the process, your skin thins, produces less oil, may develop changes in pigmentation, has reduced elasticity, and contains more fragile blood vessels as you age. These changes can lead to a variety of visible symptoms in your skin.
As the years pass, your body produces less of the elements that keep your skin plump, moisturized, and tight. Despite skincare, skin can naturally lose elasticity as it ages, and this plus the reduced amounts of oils in the skin tissues can result in skin that is loose and wrinkled. Other factors of aging also contribute to wrinkles, such as exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light and repeated facial expressions.
If you have noticed that you bruise more easily than you once did, this can be a result of aging. Bruises form when blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin break because of an injury or impact. Blood then leaks from the broken vessel and appears as a blue or purple mark under the skin until the body begins to reabsorb the blood cells. As you age, your skin becomes thinner, providing your body with less cushioning protection. Also, your blood vessels can become more fragile with age, making them more vulnerable to damage.
Sometimes referred to as liver spots, age spots are common skin issues seen in older individuals. They are often the result of long-term exposure to the sun’s UV light or that of tanning beds and lamps. Melanin pigment in your epidermis is what gives your skin its normal color. UV light increases melanin production, resulting in tan if in sufficient amounts. With age, melanin can be produced in high concentrations in certain areas of the skin that received significant sun exposure, resulting in age spots.
Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology offers high-quality anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City. If you are concerned about the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, or fine lines in your complexion, call us today at 801-266-8841 to schedule your appointment with one of our dermatologists.