The first signs of ageing to the face

10 June 2024

The first signs of ageing on the face are often subtle and gradually become more noticeable over time. These early indicators are largely due to intrinsic aging (the natural aging process) and extrinsic factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. Here are some of the common early signs of facial aging:

1. Fine Lines and Wrinkles

  • Around the Eyes: Known as “crow’s feet,” these fine lines appear at the outer corners of the eyes and are often one of the first signs of aging.

  • Forehead and Between the Brows: Horizontal lines across the forehead and vertical lines between the eyebrows, known as “frown lines,” start to become noticeable.

  • Smile Lines: Also known as nasolabial folds, these lines run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

2. Loss of Skin Elasticity

  • Sagging Skin: As collagen and elastin production decreases, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, leading to sagging, particularly around the jawline and under the eyes.

3. Dull and Uneven Skin Tone

  • Hyperpigmentation: Age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots, can develop due to prolonged sun exposure.

  • Dullness: The skin may lose its youthful glow and appear dull due to slower skin cell turnover and the accumulation of dead skin cells.

4. Dryness and Rough Texture

  • Reduced Oil Production: The skin may become drier and more prone to roughness and flakiness as sebaceous gland activity decreases with age.

5. Thinning Skin

  • Under-Eye Area: The skin around the eyes is particularly delicate and can become thinner, making blood vessels more visible and leading to dark circles and puffiness.

  • Overall Thinning: The overall skin may appear thinner and more fragile, with less subcutaneous fat providing support.

6. Volume Loss

  • Cheeks and Temples: A reduction in facial fat can lead to a hollowed appearance in the cheeks and temples, contributing to that gaunt or tired look.

7. Enlarged Pores

  • Pore Size: Pores may appear larger as the skin loses elasticity and collagen support, making them more noticeable to the eye.

Preventive Measures and Treatments

  • Sun Protection: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect against UV radiation, which accelerates aging.

  • Skincare Routine: Incorporate products with antioxidants, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, and peptides to promote skin health and address signs of aging.

  • Hydration: Keep the skin well-hydrated with moisturizers and by drinking plenty of water.

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, and limit alcohol consumption to support overall skin health.

  • Professional Treatments: Consider treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and BTL Emface as a Non-surgical way to lifting and tone the face, and injectable to address specific signs of aging.

By recognizing these early signs of aging and adopting preventive measures, you can help maintain a youthful appearance and slow down the progression of visible aging.