If you have ever seen some of those wrinkle time-lapse video clips often on television or online, then you know just how alarming it is to watch a face become old. All the more upsetting is getting up in the morning, catching a glance in the mirror, and seeing what looks like “instant aging” — lines and wrinkles that seem to show up overnight.
The fact remains, it doesn't matter how you see it — quick time or live; ultimately, everyone's face will wrinkle and age.
“How you have taken care of your facial skin from a young age and most importantly, just how much you limited your exposure to the sun before age 20 can certainly produce a difference in wrinkle formation. Yet you will still find certain predictable changes that are going to occur,” Barbara Couch from Diva Brows in Newport Beach, CA, reveals.
As traumatic as that seems, it doesn't have to be. Barbara explains that by understanding should be expected you are able to take measures to lessen or delay the impact of facial aging, like wrinkles, and take control of how the age unfolds
Your Face in Your 20s
Professionals state that as you head from your teenage years and into young adulthood, the face shows it, having a more “womanly” appearance.
“In your early 20s, you will begin to get rid of your facial ‘baby fat.' And even though the change is slight, all in all you begin to look less like a teen and a lot more like a woman,” says Jennifer Desby-Hope, Physician Assistant and Partner at Diva Brows. However, as that brand new womanly appeal appears, surprisingly, so does the start of facial aging.
While you is able to do some home remedies yourself, even on a reduced spending budget, many wrinkles really need skilled professional care to be completely decreased or eliminated. Once this holds true, do not forget that the sooner you start, the more effective outcome you have in taking care of your facial wrinkles.
Just as important is not trying to cut corners by getting treatments in non-medical establishments. Preferably, always look for the treatments and recommendations of an accredited and licenced medical professional when embarking on any specialized fibroblast anti-aging procedures.
To help you confidently start your treatments towards the fountain of youth, many health professionals have prepared a timeline based on how the facial skin ages along with what can be done, both on your own and with the help of your fibroblast specialist, each step of the process
Your Face in Your 20's
Specialists say that as you move out of your teenage years into young adulthood, your face can reflect it, having a more “womanly” appearance.
“In your early 20s, you will begin to shed your facial ‘baby fat.' And even while the change is slight, all in all you begin to look less like a girl and more like a woman,” says Jennifer Desby-Hope, Physician Assistant and Partner at Diva Brows. Nevertheless as that brand new womanly appeal appears, surprisingly, so does the start of facial aging. “This is the time in life when the beginning signs of what we refer to as ‘motor wrinkles' which are facial lines and creases connected with movement — first appear. And the first place they show up is the brow,” Barbara adds.
On top of that, if you spent a considerable amount of time in the sunshine growing up, or extended hours squinting at a screen, you may also see the beginning of “crow's feet,” those tiny expression lines near the eyes.
This is also the decade when lots of women begin to see unwanted facial hair, typically on the upper lip, around the perimeter of the face, or around the brows.
Jennifer says younger women should be on the lookout for melasma, a brown discoloration that appears across the cheeks or forehead. “This ailment is ordinarily because of a blend of exposure to the sun, being pregnant, and bodily hormones [including birth control pills] plus being exposed to a number of antibiotics such as minocycline and tetracycline.”
Valuable 20's Self-Care Tips:
To keep the youthful radiance, Barbara says avoid the sun and be scrupulous about wearing sun screen when you're outdoors. “Whatever you do during your 20s will reflect how you look in your 40s, 50s, and further, and putting on sun block is essential,” she says. Sunscreen may also help reduce the risk of melasma or help keep it under superior control.
Begin using moisturizers frequently with a “light” product, one that's gel-based and oil-free, particularly if you are encountering outbreaks you experienced as a teenager. She also recommends this is the decade to start using retinol-based skincare products. “You should make use of them twice per week beginning in your 20s,” she advises. If you find yourself still having to deal with some acne leftover from your teen years, you'll find professional treatments which will help skin clear quickly.
Your Face in Your 30s
While you continue to retain much of your youthful physical appearance, this is basically the decade when you will notice your skin looks ‘tired' and less bright.
Barbara says you may also begin to really see crow's feet around your eyes, plus previous sun damage may worsen the beginning of smaller brown spots. You might also begin to see dilated blood vessels, predominantly around the sides of one's nose.
You'll want to be prepared for the beginning of the “dreaded 11's”, the set of lines that arise between the eyebrows, not to mention shadows developing in the triangular area in between the nose and the corners of one's mouth.
“Both the '11' lines as well as nasolabial lines all around the mouth will show up and worsen during this time in life,” says Jennifer.
Helpful 30's Self-Care Tips:
Raise consumption of retinol products to 3 to 4 times a week, Barbara says. If you are also using oil-free moisturizers and cosmetic foundations, she says to dispose of them.
“This is the time in life you have to get interested in using moisturizers, so purchase one that's light but includes some oil because your skin needs that,” Barbara says. And, she adds, be certain to carry on using sunscreen. If brown spots are your concern, Barbara says don't waste your time with bleaching agents. Jennifer says give your face a comprehensive boost of youth with microdermabrasions or a chemical peel, which could also reduce small defects and maintain that “youthful glow” a year or two longer.
Your Face in Your Fourties
When you enter your 40s, lines continue to appear around your upper lip, and if you smoke, they'll occur quicker and go deeper.
“This is called the ‘purse string' muscle,” Jennifer says. “And since this area is pronounced, it's more vulnerable to environmental sun damage. For those times you skipped out on using sun screen in previous years, you will see the results here first.”
She says don't be surprised to see significantly more wrinkles in your forehead and crow's feet around your eyes, including a deepening of your face's smile lines. “You do need much stronger moisturizers and you clearly want to use a night cream after 40,” Barbara says.
The simple reason, she says, is when you're sleeping, your system runs through a normal revitalization process. You are also not subjected to all the airborne debris and air pollution that hits skin in the daytlight. So, she says, products used through the night are inclined to get into the skin a lttle bit better and might present greater outcomes.
This is also the time in life that you may benefit most from using an anti-oxidant skin care product. Jennifer advises to continue using those retinol-based creams, upping the frequency to anywhere between four and five times every week.
Your Face in Your 50s and Beyond
If you've lessened sun exposure and utilized sunscreen, you can expect to proceed into your 50's and 60's with your skin looking pretty darn beautiful. If you don't, you will likely be contending with the collective effects of sun damage and age, this includes not only a deepening of wrinkles and lines but also an extensive breakdown of elastin and collagen fibers, the support structures that sustain your skin.
“This consistently results in a drooping of the face, and skin becomes loose,” Barbara asserts.
Additionally, she says, as we age, we lose some of the fat under our skin, which plays a role in a loss of structure in addition to making skin thinner and more see-through. This can 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 past times can become more dominant now as brand new ones continue to appear. Additionally, a decrease in estrogen that occurs during the 50's results in skin to appear and feel drier, making wrinkles appear deeper and much more noticeable.
“The 50s and 60s is also when the negative effects of gravity really trigger. So together with treating creases, you also have to focus on applications that tighten up the skin,” she tells us.
For self-treatment, elevate the use of rich moisturizers, such as shea butter, and if you've been a soap-and-water girl, she says to stop at once and start utilizing a gentle non-drying cleanser on your face and neck. And, she says, use retinol products 5 to 6 times each week.
Additionally, it's the perfect time to think about skin-tightening treatment options like Fibroblast, a non-surgical means of lifting the skin. Plasma Fibroblast uses plasma based electricity to develop skin tightening.
The truth is, some experts say if this sounds like something you're considering, once you hit 50, sooner is better than later.
“If you have not done a skin-tightening treatment by the time you're 60 years of age, then most of the time it's too late,” Barbara says. “You won't obtain the desirable effect, and the only other option will be a surgical facelift.” But while facelifts are one option, they actually require major surgery, including use of anesthesia, plus they are expensive procedures which come with weeks of recovery time. Jennifer also reminds you that you can only have one or two lifts in your lifetime. Therefore it is far better to defer as long as you can, using other, nonsurgical alternatives to buy additional time.
“We're all living for a longer period, therefore, the sooner you start Fibroblast care, the younger you will look as time move forward.”