Your Skin at Every Decade
In the 30s
- Cell turnover slows down.
- The dermis begins to lose some volume and bounce.
- Collagen fibers aren’t as efficiently meshed; elastin coils tight.
- Environmental damage may cause more harm to epidermal cells, but it still might not be visible.
In the 40s
- The stratum corneum becomes thicker as desquamation slows, affecting the evenness of skin tone.
- Collagen production slows, making skin looser and more prone to visible wrinkles.
- Expression lines deepen.
- Because the dermis is weaker, dilated veins may appear.
In the 50s
- Skin may become thinner.
- Hormonal changes cause a reduction in sebum production.
- A decrease in estrogen and an increase in the male hormone androgen may cause breakouts.
In the 60s and 70s
- Pigmentation changes, thinning in certain areas and clumping in others, leads to age spots.
- Less sebum production results in dryer skin.
- Genetic disposition to certain problems becomes evident, such as bags under the eyes, pigmentation or the appearance of a double chin.
- Cells in the epidermis become irregularly shaped, and precancerous formations are more likely.
- Cells called fibroblasts that produce elastin and collagen break down, causing droopiness in the skin.