We all age, it's just a fact of life. Most people try to erase, hide, or diminish the signs of aging as soon as they appear. That's why plastic surgery, Botox, anti aging remedies and beauty products are in such high demand. But the signs of aging do not just include sagging skin and wrinkles. Here are the nine most common signs of aging.
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Probably the most common sign of aging, fine lines and wrinkles appear on the face our most visible asset. As we age we lose collagen and elasticity in the skin. Collagen keeps our skin firm while elastin allows the skin to stretch and return to normal. When we start to lose these compounds the skin sags and creates wrinkles. Repetitive muscle motions over the years such as laughing and squinting leave crows feet around the eyes and lines around the mouth.
Withering Eyebrows & Eyelashes
Although plucking, waxing and priming your eyebrows and eyelashes seem like a harmless part of your beauty routine, they can have damaging effects on your brows and lashes later on. Too much tweezing can damage the follicles making it hard for hair to grow back. As we age the levels of hormones in the body change making it even harder for the body to grow hair. This leaves your eyebrows and eyelashes sparse.
Less than White Teeth
A smile is ones largest asset, but if your pearly whites are not so pearly anymore, it does not make you want to smile. Over the years the food we eat and drink, medicines we take and the acidity in ones saliva wear away tooth enamel. What's left is yellow and gummy making it easier for teeth to absorb stains.
Dull, Thinning Hair
The loss of hair from our head can be caused by many things such as stress, childbirth, medications, hereditary, or aging. Hormone changes in the body can cause natural thinning of the hair, leaving your hair looking dull and lifeless.
Crepey skin, or thinning of the dermis, the top layer of skin can cause a turkey neck, the accumulation of sagging skin around the neck. This can occur due to the loss of collagen and elastin which in younger years keeps your skin firm and elastic.
The first thing we lose as we age is muscle mass, this loss of tissue makes breasts lose their fullness, so they seem as if they droop. Additional causes include gravity, breastfeeding feeding, lack of proper support and lower levels of estrogen because of a change in hormone levels.
Skin loses volume as we age due to the loss of collagen and elastin making it thinner. Once the skin loses its collagen its easier for veins and sunspots to stand out on the skin. Brown spots appear from years of sun damage.
Wrinkled Knees and Elbows
Without collagen and elastin to hold skin in place, skin begins to sag and thin. Skin accumulates around the knee and elbow joints. Without proper circulation the excess skin can become dry and flaky.
It's normal for feet to be sore after standing on them all day but imagine doing that for 30 or even 50 years. The stress from the weight of the body on the feet for years and years can cause calluses and cracked heels. Plus for women who wear uncomfortable shoes most of the time, they can end up with painful bunions.
Now that you know what the signs of aging are find out how you can fix them.