SKIN AGING

20 to 40 Years

 

Ages 20 to 30

These are the years when individuals first start to notice the impact of the aftermath of adolescence. Sun exposure and years of use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs will start to make their mark, if these practices are not curtailed during the twenties.

The beginnings of fine lines and slight dulling of the skin are not uncommon. Continuing these practices only causes the problems to compound later in life.

Pregnancy - This is also the era of the first pregnancy. Pregnancy places stress on the entire body, and many of the effects of the process and hormonal changes show up on the skin. This includes:

  • Stretch marks - may appear as vivid red lines. Whilst these general fade over time, to light silvery marks, they do not go away completely on their own.
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Stubborn fat deposits
  • Skin discoloration
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Acne

Birth Control Pills – produce hormonal changes in the body. Common side effects relating to the skin are the appearance of excess hair and color changes.

 

Ages 30 -40

Signs of aging become more apparent in this decade, particularly for those who did not heed the warnings in their teens and twenties. Common aging signs are:

  • Skin damage due sun exposure, and smoking
  • Redistribution of fat to bellies and thighs
  • Lines on the forehead or around the eyes and mouth
  • Facial veins and varicose or spider leg veins
  • Hair loss and premature greying

Fortunately, since the skin is still elastic, and the body is still functioning well, a prompt response leads to successful outcomes.

Lifestyle choices become critical during this decade and regular checks for skin cancer should be included in medical routines. Fortunately, people in this age group are more healthy, active, and youthful than ever. For treatments of common aging symptoms