Chronologically aged skin is a result of natural internal factors and manifests as thinner and less elastic skin that is orherwise smooth and unblemished. Photo-aged skin, however, is marked by wrinkles, age spots, uneven pigmentation and a more leathery appearance.
In order to choose the right skincare products, you need to know your skin type. Dry skin usually has an uneven skin tone, visible capillaries and flakiness, while oily skin is more prone to visible pores, breakouts and areas of pigmentation.
With age, cells stop regenerating at the rate they once did and in the same efficient way. Cells become more abnormally shaped, which makes the texture of the skin appear different and prevents the skin from retaining water. As a result, the skin’s texture and water-retaining is diminished. The recommended daily intake of water is 2.2 litres for women and 3 litres for men.
Fat loss makes you look older. As you age the underlying supportive fat tissues decrease, facial muscles become more slack and bone deteriorates, so the structure on which the skin sits becomes weaker. Younger people have more fat cells, as do those carrying more weight, which is why many larger, older people have fewer wrinkles.
Free radicals, small unstable oxygen molecules, attach to other cells of the body and break them down. The skin protein collagen is particularly susceptible to free radicals, which cause the collagen molecules to break down and re-link up a different way, which in turn makes them become stiff and less mobile. Eating foods rich in antioxidants and using skin products that contain antioxidants can help reduce free radicals.
The texture of skin alters frequently depending on environmental factors like pollution and weather so you should change your skin products accordingly. To check up on the current state of your skin, hold a magnifying mirror up close to your cleansed face in bright daylight and look for identifying clues.