If you've ever watched some of those wrinkle time-lapse video clips either on television or online, then you know how depressing it is to watch a face become old. Even more disturbing is getting up in the morning, catching a look in the mirror, to see what resembles “instant aging” — lines that seem to show up overnight.
The simple truth is, it doesn't matter how you find it — time lapse or live; eventually, everybody's face will show wrinkles and age.
“How well you have cared for your skin from a young age and most importantly, just how much you controlled your sun exposure before age 20 could make a difference in wrinkle development. However there are still certain inevitable changes that can transpire,” Barbara Couch from Diva Brows in Newport Beach, CA, affirms.
As horrifying as that appears, it needn't be. Barbara points out that by knowing what should be expected you can take action to lessen or delay the consequences of facial aging, such as wrinkles, and take control of just how the years unfold
Your Face in Your Twenties
Experts say that as you head out of your teenage years and into young adulthood, your face can reflect it, with a more “womanly” appearance.
“In your early 20s, you begin to shed your facial ‘baby fat.' While the change is slight, as a whole you commence to look less like a teen and more like a woman,” says Jennifer Desby-Hope, Physician Assistant and Partner at Diva Brows. Nevertheless as that fresh womanly appeal appears, truth be told, so does the start of facial aging.
While you can do some applications on your own, even on a modest spending budget, many wrinkles require professional care to be completely minimized or eradicated. Once this is the case, bear in mind the sooner you begin, the more suitable results you will have in maintaining your facial wrinkles.
Equally important is not trying to cut corners by getting treatments in non-medical facilities. Preferably, always seek the care and recommendations of an accredited and licenced medical professional before booking any expert fibroblast anti-aging treatment methods.
To help you safely start your journey to the fountain of youth, several health specialists have prepared a timeline for how the facial area can age along with what you can do, both by yourself and with the aid of your fibroblast professional, each step of the process
Your Face in Your 20's
Experts say that as you head out of your teens and into young adulthood, the face can reflect it, with a more “womanly” appearance.
“In your early 20s, you begin to lose the ‘baby fat.' And even while the change is subtle, all in all you commence to look considerably less like a girl and a lot more like a woman,” says Jennifer Desby-Hope, Physician Assistant and Partner at Diva Brows. Nevertheless as that brand new womanly appeal appears, truth be told, so does the start of facial aging. “This is the decade when the very early indicators of what we call ‘motor wrinkles' which are lines and creases associated with movement — first appear. And the first instance they appear is the eyebrows,” Jennifer adds.
In addition to that, if you put in a great deal of time in the sun as a kid, or extended hours squinting in front of a computer screen, you might also begin to see the start of “crow's feet,” those small expression lines near the eyes.
This is also the timeframe when most women start to see unwanted facial hair, typically on the upper lip, surrounding the perimeter of the face, or on the eyebrows.
Jennifer says younger women should be on the lookout for melasma, a brown discoloration that shows up through the cheekbones or forehead. “This condition is normally as a result of combination of sun damage, being pregnant, and hormones [including birth control pills] plus exposure to a number of antibiotics such as minocycline and tetracycline.”
Beneficial 20's Self-Care Tips:
To keep the youthful glow, Jennifer says steer clear of the sun and be intentional about putting on sunscreen when you find yourself outdoors. “Everything that you do during your Twenties will magnify your appearance in your 40s, 50s, and further, and putting on sun block is essential,” she says. Sunscreen can also help reduce the risk of melasma or assist in keeping it under superior control.
Start using moisturizers on a regular basis with a “light” product, one that is gel-based and oil free, especially if you continue to be encountering skin breakouts you experienced as a teen. She also advises this is the time period to get started using retinol-based skin-care products. “You should use them two times a week beginning in your 20s,” she tells us. If you are still dealing with some acne leftover from the teen years, there are professional treatments which will help skin clear quickly.
Your Face in Your Thirties
While you will still retain much of your youthful look, this is usually the time in life you might notice your skin looks ‘tired' and less vibrant.
Jennifer says you will also start to really become aware of crow's feet around the eyes, plus past sun exposure may intensify the start of minor brown spots. You may even begin to see dilated blood vessels, particularly around the sides of your nose.
You'll want to be prepared for the start of the “dreaded 11's”, the set of vertical lines that pop up between your eyebrows, along with shadows building in the triangular area between your nose and the corners of the mouth.
“Both the '11' lines as well as nasolabial lines surrounding the mouth will appear and worsen during this time in life,” says Barbara.
Helpful 30's Self-Care Tips:
Expand the use of retinol products to three or four times a week, Jennifer says. If you are also using oil-free moisturizers and skin foundations, she says to toss them.
“This is the decade you have to get really serious about using moisturizers, so purchase one that's light but comes with some oil because your skin needs that,” Jennifer says. And, she says, make sure to carry on using sun screen. If brown spots are your drawback, Jennifer says don't waste time on bleaching agents. Barbara says give your face an overall boost of youthful appearance with microdermabrasions or a chemical peel, which can also do away with small spots and maintain that “youthful glow” a year or two longer.
Your Face in Your 40's
As you enter your 40s, lines begin to surface near the upper lip, and if you smoke cigarettes, they will occur sooner and go much deeper.
“This is known as the ‘purse string' muscle,” Jennifer says. “And since this spot is pronounced, it's more at risk of environmental sun damage. So if you skipped out on using sunscreen in previous years, you will notice your results here first.”
She says expect to see added wrinkles in your forehead and crow's feet around your eyes, in addition to a deepening of your facial smile lines. “You do need more powerful moisturizers and you definitely want to use a night cream after 40,” Jennifer says.
The explanation why, she says, is that when you're sleeping, your system experiences a natural rejuvenation process. You're also not subjected to all the dust and pollution that assaults skin through the day. So, she says, products used at night are likely to get into the skin a lttle bit better and might present more desirable benefits.
This is also the time in life you will benefit most out of using an anti-oxidant skin care product. Jennifer adds to continue using the retinol-based creams, increasing the frequency to between 4 and 5 times each week.
Your Face in Your Fifties and Beyond
If you've diminished exposure to the sun and made use of sunscreen, you can expect to glide into your 50s and 60's with your skin appearing remarkably beautiful. If you are not, you will probably be experiencing the collective results of sun damage and age, which include not only a deepening of wrinkles but also a huge elimination of elastin and collagen fibers, the support structures that support skin.
“This constantly leads to a drooping of the face, and skin gets loosened,” Jennifer says.
Furthermore, she says, as our bodies age, we lose some of the fat under our skin, which plays a role in a loss of structure not to mention making skin thinner and more see-through. This could cause blood vessels slightly under the surface to appear more prominent and your skin looks discolored.
Aside from that, she says brown spots that went untreated in the past may become more distinguished now as brand new ones continue to appear. Furthermore, a decrease in estrogen that occurs all through the 50s can cause skin to appear and feel drier, helping to make wrinkles look deeper and a lot more prominent.
“The 50's and 60s is also when the negative effects of gravity really kick in. So in combination with treating lines and wrinkles, you also must concentrate on procedures that tighten up your skin,” she adds.
For self-treatment, increase the using rich moisturizers, including shea butter, and if you've been a soap-and-water girl, she says stop that right away and begin utilizing a gentle nondrying cleanser on your neck and face. And, she says, use retinol products 5 to 6 times each week.
Additionally, it's the optimum time to find skin-tightening procedures like Plasma Fibroblast, a non-surgical means of lifting the skin. Plasma Fibroblast uses plasma based electricity to develop tightening of the skin.
The truth is, some experts say if this describes something you are considering, once you hit 50, sooner is far better than later.
“If you have not done a skin-tightening treatment by the time you're 60, then most of the time it's too late,” Jennifer says. “You won't receive the desirable effect, and the only other option will be a surgical face lift.” But while face lifts are one option, they do require major surgery, including use of anesthesia, and are generally highly-priced procedures that come with weeks of recovery time. She also reminds you you could only have one or two lifts in a life time. So it's better to defer as long as you can, using other, nonsurgical alternatives to buy more time.
“We're all living for a longer period, therefore, the earlier you begin Fibroblast precedures, more youthful you'll look as time advance.”