There are plenty signs of aging we see all the time, like attending your
baby cousins' graduation, receiving an invite to a high school reunion,
and watching your 401(k) mature. And when it comes to your complexion,
most of us are on the lookout for the telltale signs: forehead furrows,
crows feet, and undereye bags. But according the experts, there are a
few lesser-known and more subtle signs of skin aging that are good to
know about. Take what follows as a friendly info session, not a stern
admonishment. The more you know about taking care of your skin, the better
it will look.
Sun spots in your 20s or 30s.
"Sun spots in your late 20s or early 30s should be a wake-up call,"
says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in
dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "If you are
getting them that early, it means you've had significant amounts of
sun exposure. While you can't undo the past, you certainly can minimize
the damage and slow down the skin's aging process by using a broad
spectrum SPF 30 or higher and a morning antioxidant. Vitamin C can minimize
free radical damage and protect collagen. In the evening, use a topical
retinol product to stimulate new collagen production to keep the skin
strong and supple."
"Loss of subcutaneous tissue, bone, and muscle results in a gaunt
face and hands, plus the temples and lower eyelids can seem carved out.
This process is so gradual that an individual may not perceive any differences
initially. Unless your face is photographed periodically, the changes
may go unnoticed," says Patricia Ceballos, a dermatologist in New
Rochelle, NY. Counteract your losses by fortifying skin with hyaluronic
acid. "In the dermis of aged skin, natural hyaluronic acid is reduced
which contributes to rough texture and loss of skin thickness," she
says. You could also consider fillers. "Hyaluronic acid binds 500
to 1000 times its weight in water, so it has enormous benefits when injected
into atrophic skin of aged hands, rendering them plump and rejuvenated,"
The skin on your neck is patchy and irritable.
"Uneven color on the sides of the neck and on the V of the chest is
evidence of early photodamage," says Annie Chiu, a dermatologist
in North Redondo Beach, California. "If your skin is easily irritable,
thats a sign of aging—healthy skin has a strong skin barrier that
resists chronic inflammation." Chiu suggests Skinceuticals Phloretin
CF Serum for uneven skin tones on your neck. "The antioxidants fight
UV mediated photodamage, which causes brown-red discoloration on the neck,
and the vitamin C and phloretin have a brightening skin evening effect,"
she says. La Roche Posay Ciclaplast Baum B5 Soothing Repair Balm may also
help calm angry zones. "I often use this to soothe skin after in-office
peels or laser treatments," she says.
Wrinkles along your cheeks and a loose jawline.
"People develop wrinkles just from movement, so that's not really
a sign of aging poorly. But if fine lines and wrinkles appear in the middle
of the cheeks or the jawline sags in the twenties or thirties, it is.
The middle of the cheeks and the jawline show sun damage and wrinkles
early on," says Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist in New York City.
To minimize, Nazarian uses ultherapy, a treatment that incorporates ultrasound
technology to firm up and tighten skin. "Although multiple sessions
are needed, with time, new collagen and elastin are formed to minimize
wrinkles and bagging," says Nazarian.
Your skin is itchier than usual.
"With aging, comes a loss of moisture. The cell membranes become more
porous, contributing to dryness and the crepe-y look. Consequently, skin
tends to become itchy and more sensitive. Pay attention to your skin—it
might be trying to tell you something," says Ceballos. Reminder:
Our favorite moisturizers under $20 are at your fingertips.
Your eyes are changing shape.
"As we age, our bones start to recede inwards. It's most prominent
at the inner upper corner and the outer lower corner of the skull. As
a result, the eyes go from being really rounded to slightly more horizontal,"
says Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist in West Islip, New York. "The
best thing to do to is maintain the texture of your skin with products,
like Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream and therapeutic treatments,
such as Pelleve for skin tightening."
Article originally on Allure.com