As you get older, your skin starts to change. As soon as you move out of your twenties, you’ll notice subtle differences in its appearance. It is, of course, all part of the natural aging process, but sometimes it can be a little unnerving. Here’s what to expect and how to manage the process healthily.
Your Skin In Your 30s
The majority of women get pregnant during their thirties, and this can have an enormous impact on their skin. Many women claim that when they get pregnant, their skin takes on a beautiful glow and actually looks healthier and firmer than it did when they were in their twenties. Given that they’re older, how does this happen? It all comes down to hormones. Pregnancy leads to elevated estrogen and progesterone production, which both have knock-on effects on the quality of your skin and can suddenly return it to its youthful vitality.
But getting pregnant isn’t all good for the skin. Other women say that pregnancy leads to the so-called “pregnancy spots” – little areas of skin where the blood vessels lying beneath rupture because there is too much estrogen in the system. This, in turn, can lead to drier skin because of the fact that your baby is taking up most of the nutrients you are consuming.
Another issue, highlighted by experts like Zwivel, is the appearance of fine lines. During your twenties, your wrinkles disappeared the moment you stopped smiling. But in your thirties, they seem to be sticking around longer and longer. The reason for this is that your skin starts to lose some of its elasticity. The ability of your lymph glands to wash out toxins from underneath your skin is also impaired. And it can lead to a puffy and complexion, especially if your skin becomes less bright.
The best response, of course, is to change your diet to reflect your changing needs. Eat foods that actively help the skin look its best, like broccoli and almonds which contain vitamin E and essential oils.
Your Skin In Your 40s
In your 40s, your skin changes again. At this age, many women stop producing so much sebum from their pores – the body’s natural moisturizing substance that keeps skin from drying out. With less sebum being produced, the skin’s natural waxy outer layer starts to disappear, ironically making the skin even more prone to damage by the sun and pollution. Also, cellulite can begin to form behind the legs and on the buttocks. So what can be done about it?
One idea, according to skincare expert Steve Barton is to get regular massages. Massages help nutrients get from deep within the body to the surface of the skin, helping to remove toxins in the process. He also suggests cutting down on alcohol. Alcohol, he says, can give skin a reddish appearance, especially if alcohol is consumed to excess over many years.
Fifty And Over
In your fifties, these processes continue. To combat them, many experts recommend applying vitamin A directly to the skin or eating foods high in vitamin A. These foods provide a protective barrier that protects the skin from external sources of damage.