Aging is inevitable. Over time, the tissues throughout our body will break down, and we aren’t able to do all of the things that we were once able to. Even though the aging process doesn’t stop, doesn’t mean that you should just give up and give in. With education and prevention, you can take steps to hold off the aging process for as long as possible. Especially on the topic of aging, knowledge really is power, so here are 7 early signs of aging that you should watch for.
Early Signs of Aging to Watch For
1. Dry or Dehydrated Skin
If you have dry skin, this usually means you’re low on naturally-produced oils in your epidermis. While dehydrated skin is also caused by the loss of water, this can be due to dehydration both internally and externally. Signs of dry skin include redness, flaking, itching, and wrinkles.
2. Dull Skin
As we age, the rate at which our cells regenerate slows down significantly. The outer layer of our skin becomes dull, and that youthful glow begins to rescind. This is often one of the very first signs of aging; also, one of the easiest to spot.
3. Puffy and/or Red Eyes
Your eye area is sensitive, and the tissue around the eyes is thin, to begin with. As you age, the skin thins (and sags) even more. Issues like dark circles or puffiness become even more apparent when not treated properly.
4. Sagging Skin
Sagging skin is caused by the loss of collagen and elastin- two of the more complex proteins that make up skin structure and elasticity. This is why you see some areas of skin that appear more wrinkled than others. As you age, your skin produces less elastin and collagen and without higher levels of these proteins, your skin won’t continue to feel firm and will be more likely to sag. Other factors like gravity and weight loss/gain can also cause stretching and sagging.
5. Lines and Wrinkles
Aside from smoking and excessive sun exposure which can speed up the formation of wrinkles- your skin loses moisture, elastin, and collagen, over time. This is when wrinkles can appear. The eyes and mouth are areas of your face that are particularly prone to wrinkles, as well as your hands, too.
6. Skin That Bruises Easy
Besides your skin thinning and even in some cases, becoming somewhat translucent, your blood vessel walls become weaker and thinner over time as well. Weaker blood vessel walls can break easier and are what cause bruising.
7. Age Spots
Age spots are when your pigment cells multiply quickly together into clusters, which form age spots. Age spots tend to appear on areas of your skin that have been exposed to the sun more than other parts of your body.