Aging dermis: understand & improve your skin

Aging dermis.  As you get older you will have changes to your skin. Still you want to look alive and natural. You do not want to look wrinkled and dried out. Here are some tips for having lovely skin as you age.

If you want to look your best, you need to take some time to learn about how skin ages...how your skin ages.  What you can expect as you grow older...and what will keep your skin smooth and  fresh looking.

You can have beautiful skin as you ageModels, like Carmen Dell'Orefice, who is in her 80s still have beautiful skin. Carmen is often sought out by photographers who are want and  an attractive older woman for their ads.

You, too, can have beautiful skin. BUT to do so, you need understand a few basics - basics about how your skin is affected by age. Please, take a few minutes to educate yourself by reading the rest of this page.


Basic information: your Dermis

Dermis is the name given to your second layer of skin. This layer is  important because it controls how you appear to others. If you care about your looks, you need to understand and care for your dermis!

  • The dermis makes up about 90% of your skin's thickness.
  • It includes both collagen and elastin fibers.
  • It also contains fibroblasts - the cells that repair your skin.
  • Your sweat glands and the special glands that secrete 'pheromones' which are subtle attractors to the opposite sex are in the dermis of your armpits, ear canals, nipples and genital areas .

A healthy dermis makes you to look younger.....and attractive.


Aging dermis - what happens as you age?

Your dermis undergoes a number of changes as you grow older:

  1. One of the most noticeable changes to the Aging dermis is in the bonding between the layers. There are tiny projections that connect your dermis to your epidermis (outer, visible skin). These become flatter as you age and so fewer of nutrients move to the outer layer of your skin and there are fewer moisture holding molecules between the two layers of skin. Result? 'Dry Skin'.                                         Also, since the tiny projections are now flatter, the attachment between the layers is less firm. This means that even a minor injury can cause the two layers to separate. 'Skin blisters' result.
  2. Your blood vessels in the dermis also change - especially if you have been exposed to a lot of sun. Think of all those warning about using Sun Screen every time you go out. They are not just cancer prevention reminders. They are also 'beauty advice'.                       Sun causes the blood vessels in your dermis to thicken. They begin to dilate. Result? - that spidery web of tiny red threads you sometimes see on the skin of older people.
  3. But the most common result of aging dermis is a reduction in the cells (fibroblasts) that make collagen and elastin.  When this happens your skin can not renew itself quickly. So your skin loses some of its softness and its elasticity. The more sun you have been exposed to the worse it is.. That is why people who have spent a great deal of time outdoors (without sunscreen) have 'tight' skin.                                                                                     Although it is normal for your skin to get thinner with age, increasing rigidity of your elastin can also cause your skin to thicken and wrinkle. This is especially true in sun exposed skin. (Now you know why so many beauty advisers tell you to use Sunscreen with a high SPF every time are in sunlight.)

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