It’s no secret that as we get older, our skin ages with us. When we think of aging we automatically think of the fine lines and wrinkles that we start to notice on our faces in our 30s and 40s. But what about the rest of your skin? At Duckish we feel we’re only getting better with age, but there are small changes we can all make to our health, wellbeing, and skin care routines that can help minimize the effects of aging on our skin. But before we talk about that, let’s break down what happens to our skin as we age and mature.
What happens to our skin as we get older?
Although our skin is made up of many layers, it can be broken down into three general parts:
- The epidermis or the outer layer
- The dermis or middle layer
- The subcutaneous or inner layer
With aging, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, pales, and becomes more translucent. External factors such as sun exposure also start to lead to visible sun damage in the form of pigment spots (including liver spots).
Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity. And as this happens, the skin all over our bodies appears looser and begins to take on fine lines and wrinkles. At this point, collagen levels drop and the skin may begin to look “leathery.”
What makes skin drier with age?
At subcutaneous level, the sebaceous glands responsible for producing oil also decrease, which can dry out the skin and give it a more sunken appearance. This tends to happen more often in women, especially those going through menopause. The sweat glands also start to produce less sweat, which makes it harder to keep cool, and further dries out the skin.
So, yes, scientifically speaking this all sounds a little scary, but at the end of the day it happens to all of us and we think every line and wrinkle should be celebrated as long as you feel great. As our body’s largest organ, our skin is something to cherish and take care of no matter what signs of aging are starting to peek through.
3 Tips For Taking Care of Aging Skin
At Duckish, we are constantly looking for new ways to care for skin. Here’s what we’ve found to be effective. And if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
- Switch to Natural Bath & Body Products
Harsh chemicals found in typical over-the-counter beauty products may make appealing claims of “reducing fine lines and wrinkles” and “reversing aging,” but the truth is they often dehydrate the skin even further and can even perpetuate aging even further.
By making the switch to natural products with simple ingredients such as natural lip balm, natural bath bombs, lotion sticks, and body balms, you’ll be doing your skin a favour.
- Go Waterless
We cannot stress this enough! Water-free skincare is the way of the future. Not only are they incredibly hydrating (contrary to popular belief), but they also help your skin cells retain moisture for longer, preventing visible signs of aging. Once you go waterless, you’ll see exactly what we mean, and we guarantee you won’t want to go back.
Plus, as an added bonus, water-free skincare products such as waterless body lotions, use less packaging – making them much more eco-friendly.
- Use Oil-Based Products
Now, this may seem counterintuitive at first, but oil-based products are actually key to caring for mature skin. As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, which accounts for the dreaded wrinkles and leathery skin all over. Luckily, there are natural bath and body products you can use that will reduce their visibility and smooth out the appearance of your skin.
To help rehydrate the skin, try adding a face and body oil to your morning routine, apply sunscreen, and slather on a healthy dose of oil-based body lotion all over your skin. And while it’s best to do your research to find out which essential oil is right for your skin type, a lotion with tea tree oil or grapefruit oil, for example, has a wealth of benefits for those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.
Getting older can be a beautiful thing with the right attitude. Embrace it with all it’s pros, cons, shapes, and contours. And to help your skin look its best self, start shopping our all-natural, waterless products today!