SKIN CHANGES WITH AGE
Skin changes with normal aging processes and the environmental
factors we subject it to, such as cigarette smoke, toxic
foods, and sunlight.
The most commonly recognised changes with age are fine
lines, wrinkles and loss of skin tone or elasticity.
But other changes also occur, some beneath the surface
of the skin.
Changes in Skin Color with Age
Skin has optical depth, meaning our eyes perceive discolorations
on the surface and in underlying layers. This discoloration
can be subtle or overt. Changes such as uneven chromophore
distribution and a decrease in light reflection can
make the skin look older.
IIn particular, uneven distribution of one chromophore,
melanin, is related to cumulative UV damage, and commonly
iincreases perceived age.
The distribution of light reflecting molecules, called
chromophores, correlates with perceived attractiveness.
Chromophores directly affect how the human eye perceives
qualities such as luminosity in young skin or dullness
in aging skin.
Skin Aging Studies
In one ineresting study design to elicit what viewers
judged as an attractive skin tone, or color, employed
high-resolution digital images from 169 female subjects
aged 10-70 years. Images from three angles: frontal,
left and right profile or these subjects were enhanced
digitally to remove potential age-defining features
such as facial furrows, folds, lines and wrinkles at
the mouth, nose and eye area. The resulting images were
then fitted to a standardized virtual 3-D skull, where
variables such as overall face shape, lighting, camera
angle, eye color/form and hairstyle were eliminated,
leaving composite skin pigmentation (tone) as the only
Raters were asked to estimate the age of stimuli faces
as well as answer questions relating to general attractiveness,
health and skin attributes.
The results showed overwhelmingly that skin tone does
have a significant impact on perceived age and attractiveness.
This is interesting for the aging population who largely
focus on skin product to remove wrinkles and spot pigmentation,
but don't appear to concentrate to the same extent on
Skin Changes with Age
Different changes occur at different age periods.
on Causes of Skin Aging