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Over 90% of older people suffer from a skin disorder that results in bruising, dry skin or itching. Meanwhile, serious skin conditions — like skin cancers — are more common for fragile, aging skin. For your general wellbeing, it’s important to be aware of the causes and treatments for aging skin. Learning skincare techniques for preventing early signs of skin aging can also help you avoid developing dangerous skin conditions.
Aging Skin Symptoms
There are many common symptoms of aging skin, including dry or itchy patches, bruising, age spots and wrinkles. Aging skin is also more prone to cancer. If you didn’t wear SPF when you were younger — especially if you frequented tanning booths or experienced excess sun exposure — your skin is most likely to age quickly and develop serious health issues.
The three main layers of the skin — the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis — thin over time, making you more susceptible to certain skin conditions. Your outer layer of skin, the epidermis, thins the most. This thinning results in your skin becoming fragile and visibly less elastic, and it increases your probability of noticing many common symptoms of aging skin.
Dry and Itchy Skin
Your sebaceous glands naturally produce less oil as you age, leading to dry and itchy skin. This can occur in patches or all over your body. Most commonly, dry, itchy skin occurs on the lower legs, elbows and arms. Using a thick cream on these problem areas can improve your skin’s condition.
While the effects are less immediately visible than thinning of the epidermis, the protective hypodermis layer thins with age as well. Your hypodermis is the bottom layer of your skin, which serves as a protective fat layer. This layer also absorbs shock and insulates your body.
Wrinkles around your eyes and mouth begin to form because of reduced elastin and collagen production over time. Wrinkles can start forming as early as your mid to late 20s.
However, most start seeing wrinkles set in around their 30s and 40s. Many factors, like sun exposure, smoking and genetics, will influence when you form wrinkles.
How To Prevent Aging Skin
If you want to avoid costly and invasive treatments, there are many prevention tactics to avoid aging skin. Some of these tips are simple lifestyle changes.
• Avoid sunburn by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing
• Keep skin moist with lotions and other moisturizers
• Eat healthy foods
• Stay hydrated