Skin Type and Skin Aging

Tips for skin tones and elasticityWondering how your skin will look 10, 20, even 30 years from now? The answer might lie in your skin type to some extent. Whether you are fair or darker toned, whether your skin is characteristically dry or oily – these factors might all play a part in how well your skin will age. The good news is that there are effective skin care steps that can enhance any skin type or tone and ward off those telltale signs of aging for as long as possible.

Skin Tone and Skin Elasticity
Skin elasticity is an important factor that keeps the skin soft, supple and line free. A study by Chinese researchers in 2008 found that skin tone and skin elasticity may be linked. The scientists discovered that the fairer the skin, the worse the elasticity became as the person aged. This leads to loose skin and the appearance of facial creases. Scientists believe this trend could be attributed in part to the fact that fairer skin is more susceptible to sun damage, which can accelerate the aging process.

While darker skin tones may not develop fine lines and wrinkles as extensively as their fair-skinned counterparts, they are not completely immune from aging symptoms. These skin tones are more likely to show the passing of time through pigmentation changes, which can be permanent. Darker skin can also be damaged by sun exposure, so protection is important for these skin tones as well.

Oily or Dry? Which is more Vulnerable to Wrinkles
Your skin type may also determine the amount of aging you will see on your face and other areas over the years. While oily skin can be a bane during the teenage years (and sometimes during adulthood as well!), the extra oil production may effectively keep facial lines at bay for longer. The same study found that people with oily skin had better skin elasticity in the later years than those who battled dry skin most of their lives.

Prevention Tips for Everyone
If you are concerned about maintaining your youthful appearance for as long as possible, these tips work for any skin type or tone:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Consistently protect your skin from the sun
  • Use high-quality skin care products with proven active ingredients
  • Look for products compatible with your skin type

When the signs of aging begin to set in, there are many cosmetic treatments that can help you restore your youthful look and address those aging symptoms. At Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, we offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments that can be customized to your specific concerns and desired outcome. To learn more, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 319-800-6877.

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