We have all heard about the usefulness of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E. But what else does our skin health depend on and how can we influence it? In addition to providing the body with enough collagen and elastin, using sunscreen, and eating healthy foods, we must also be attentive to our bone mass and hormonal changes.
We have analyze the results of scientific studies and is ready to share them with you.
How The Body Changes When We Age
Over time, our skin becomes less elastic and we begin to take better care of it: using eye patches, creams, mesotherapy, and other procedures that aim to improve our skin.
The appearance of wrinkles depends not only on the skin itself, but also on deep structural components, such as soft tissues, fat deposits, and the skull subject to bone resorption. If we understand how these things work, we can slow down aging.
Bone resorption is a gradual destruction of bone tissue. Our bones are renewed throughout our lives, but after 35-40 years, the process of destruction begins to prevail over the process of growth.
As we age, our skeleton becomes 10% larger and more fragile. For example, the pelvic bones grow for up to 25-30 years (when the body prepares to give birth to a child). After age 40, the pelvis begins to narrow more and more.
Bone resorption can also affect the skull:
- reduction in facial height (correlated with the loss of a tooth/teeth);
- thickening of bony prominences;
- the orbits of the bones change shape and become larger;
- lower jaw widens;
- the nose is enlarged, the tip of the nose falls due to changes in the bones.
The nasolabial folds deepen with age, as the jaws also change. Yes, this is also related to the loss of elasticity of the skin and changes in the soft tissues under the skin. But mainly, it is related to your teeth and your health.
The bony orbits around our eyes, especially their outer and inner corners, are also enlarged. It is the reason why the eyebrows look raised and the crow’s feet appear.
Face Lifts Won’t Help
People used to believe that a facelift could help. This idea followed the traditional concept of aging: the skin is less elastic and flabby, with the appearance of wrinkles.
With the help of modern technologies, the researchers had the opportunity to better understand how the facial skeleton changes and which areas are subject to resorption.
Scientists are paying increasing attention to correction of the skeletal framework.
Its main objectives are:
- delay the reabsorption process;
- to eliminate any factor that accelerates destruction.
Since fat compartments are also destroyed, don’t trust those who promise to make your skin look young and fresh as it used to be 15-20 years ago in one procedure.
You have to go to a specialist who knows the characteristics of the aging face and does not harm your health.
How To Slow The Aging Process
If you want to keep your face looking young, it is necessary to slow down the aging process of the skin and changes in the skull (bone resorption).
In our youth, the skin is smooth, as it is enriched with collagen and elastin, and facial fat is evenly distributed. As we age, our skin loses collagen and the fat layer loses its volume. This is the reason why the skin flows.
To slow down the aging process:
Hydrate your skin, do not damage it with aggressive exfoliating masks, do not squint (squint wrinkles deepen)
Protect your skin from the sun, wind, and cold. Experts at Harvard Medical School always recommend wearing an SPF.
How to slow the process of bone destruction:
Take care of your hormones: For example, thyroid hormones enhance reabsorption, and estrogens slow this process. Although vitamin D is really helpful, too much of it can affect your bones. To find a balance, see an endocrinologist.
Avoid Botox injections: Studies show that they accelerate the process of bone destruction.
Take care of your teeth: if a tooth is missing, it accelerates the process of deformation of the jaw and affects your appearance. The lips may appear thinner than they are, the nasolabial folds may appear deeper, the face may appear rounder. It is the reason why the jaw becomes smaller in people with dentures: in 10 years, it can lose about 60% of its size. Implants that replace the root of a tooth can help prevent this process.
As we can see, our faces also change inside. Of course, you should also continue to take care of your skin, but understanding other more complicated processes will prevent you from wasting money on useless procedures that do more harm than good.
What helps you keep your skin beautiful?