The Process Of Aging | When Does It Start Changing

Aged Face Timeline

It is no secret that when you get older, your skin changes. You might find a loss of elasticity or volume, a few fine lines, or discoloration where there wasn’t any previously. When you learn to navigate a brand new skincare routine, these shifts can be overwhelming.

At what age does your face change most? The most significant changes usually occur in your 40s and 50s. However, they can start as early as their mid-30s and last well into old age. Even if your muscles are in good shape, repeated movements that etch lines in your skin lead to facial aging.

Nobody can stop face aging, not even dermatologists. But you can, however, do something to make the process slower. Read on to know about how your skin ages and what you can do about it.

The Process Of Aging

It is a process that elicits a range of feelings. Some symptoms emerge gradually and quietly, while others are more aggressive.

Early treatment with topical treatments is the first line of all-natural protection, particularly for those in their 20s and 30s.

Sun exposure, genetics, and what you do (or do not do) to care for your skin all play a role in aging. The following are the most notable changes:

  • a loss of skin elasticity
  • deeper pigmentation
  • the pore size
  • visible fine lines
  • overall thinning of the face muscle and fat

The Early ’20s To Mid ’30s


It is still here. I am sorry, but it is true! However, it’s not the same as it was in your teens or even early to mid-twenties.

Hormonal acne manifests itself in late adolescence as deep, cystic bumps on the chin and jawline. These hormonal breakouts won’t react as well to the drying products you used to smother your whiteheads.

Topical exfoliants like retinoids may help, but oral antibiotics may be needed to bring these breakouts under control ultimately. Consult your dermatologist to see what she might suggest for you.

Noticeable Lines

And when you are resting your face, the lines you get when you smile or frown seem more noticeable. Those lines used to disappear if you weren’t expressive. However, patients are starting to find that they are becoming more permanent at this stage.

If you aim to get rid of wrinkles for good, Botox may be the way to go. Topical wrinkle-smoothers, such as retinoids, can help if you are looking for a less invasive alternative.

While many women want to do it, you might not be ready for the expense or commitment associated.

Retinoids can irritate some people. Start with a milder over-the-counter alternative, see how your skin reacts. Ask your dermatologist afterward if a prescription-strength version is recommended.

The Mid-’30s To Early ’40s

Volume Loss

Volume loss, mainly in the lower half of your face; plus, your 20s wrinkles appear to be deepening.

Plumping moisturizers, such as those containing hyaluronic acid, will temporarily give skin a fuller, smoother appearance. It’s also a good idea to stick to your retinol regimen from your twenties.

Fillers could be your best hope if you’re having severe volume shifts or wrinkles. Suppose you’ve recently lost a considerable amount of weight, which may exacerbate these facial changes. It’s not enough to use a lot. Just enough to look refreshed.

Dark spots

Dark spots are brought on by sun exposure. Dermatologists note that their patients notice these in their 40s. However, they see more patients finding them a little younger. Teenagers nowadays are fond of tanning. For your information, tanning frequently will cause dark spots.

For sunspots, topical products containing vitamin C or retinoids are best. Vitamin C helps lighten and fade the spots, while retinoids help exfoliate spotted layers away to reveal new skin underneath.

Dull Skin

Here’s why the skin seems to be dull: Since your cells are turning over more slowly, dead (and less glowing) cells are remaining on the surface of your skin for longer.

Our cells turn over every 28 days while we are children. They are changing every 45 days by the time we are in our late 30s.

In your cosmetics, look for the primary ingredients, alpha hydroxy and glycolic acids. It helps speed up skin-cell turnover and reveal newer, younger skin underneath. Retinoids may also aid in this endeavor.

The Mid ’40s


The feeling of being parched. When estrogen levels start to drop during perimenopause, your skin starts to feel like the Sahara.

Moisturize as if it were your full-time work. Hyaluronic acid-based products are a good option since the acid draws more water into your skin for hydrating and plumping results.

Droopy Skin

For a variety of causes, the skin seems to be droopier. During perimenopause, facial volume loss becomes more pronounced, skin becomes less elastic naturally, and bone density in the face begins to deteriorate. It is a triple whammy of heinousness.

The eye sockets can widen, making your eyes appear sunken. You can also see it around the skin and jawline, making that region appear saggier.


Drooping can be helped with plumping products and products that improve collagen development (such as retinoids). Ultrasound and micro-needling procedures are two in-office therapies that can help tighten loose skin.

There are several face filters on the market that can be inserted directly into the existing bone. It helps you recover some of your old bone structures.

In addition, make sure you’re getting enough calcium to keep your established bones healthy. You need 1,000 mg per day at this age.

The ’50s To ’60s

Saggy Neck

You may be self-conscious about your neck after menopause. It is the era when women begin to wonder what they should do with the region under their jaw. They can either try to lose weight or tighten saggy skin.

The majority of firming neck creams are more effective at preventing neck droop than correcting it. More efficient solutions include in-office therapies such as ultrasound. It can tighten skin by several millimeters, and Kybella, an injectable, dissolves fat under the chin and aids skin tightening.

Wrinkles To Folds

Your wrinkles have turned into folds. Your approach to wrinkle management up to this point has consisted chiefly of hoping and wishing they’d go away. Dry postmenopausal skin also contributes to this, as dehydrated, crepey skin is more prone to wrinkles.

Topical items are unlikely to improve if you have deep wrinkles or folds. In-office treatments, such as ablative laser procedures and micro-needling. It induces natural collagen development to help smooth out wrinkles, which are safer bets.

Factors Cause Changes To Your Skin

However, there are a slew of other explanations why your skin ages when you grow older.


Smokers appear to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of similar age, complexion, and sun exposure background. The explanation for the disparity is unknown. It may be because smoking obstructs normal skin blood flow.

A body that is dry and itchy, in later life, dry skin is normal. Winter itch affects around 85% of older people due to dry indoor air caused by overheating.

Dry skin can be exacerbated by the lack of sweat and oil glands as we age. Anything that dries the skin out will worsen the problem. Here are things you do that cause dry skin:

  • Excessive use of soaps
  • Using antiperspirants, perfumes
  • Getting hot baths

Since dry skin is easily irritated, it itches. If you have dehydrated and itchy skin, it can disrupt your sleep, cause irritability, and even be a sign of a disease.

Itching may be caused by diabetes and kidney failure. Some medications aggravate the itching so if this is the case, make an appointment with your doctor right away. You have to find out what’s causing the problem and what treatment options are available.


Gravity causes the skin to

  1.  Induce drooping of the brows and eyelids.
  2. Loosens and fullness under the cheeks and jaw – jowls and “double chin.
  3. Lengthening of the ear lobes as the skin loses its elasticity.

Sleeping Position

It’s also important to consider how you sleep. Sleep creases can be found on the side of the forehead, between the brows, and the hairline near the temples. You can even see it in the middle of the cheeks.

These are caused by the way the head is propped up on the pillow. They may become more apparent as the skin loses elasticity. Changing your sleeping position will help to enhance or prevent sleep creases from worsening.


Excess weight can stretch the skin and hair, and nails to lose their strength and luster. It also causes skin disorders such as acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, stretch marks, and varicose veins.

Some skin disorders, such as psoriasis and cellulitis, have been attributed to obesity. Psoriasis patches can appear anywhere on the body, but they most often appear on the scalp or along the hairline.

Excess body skin folds may rub against one another, causing inflammation, blisters, chafing, rashes, and infections.

Daily Facial Movements

Yes, there are actual laugh lines. When the skin loses its elasticity, which happens in the 30s and 40s, lines on the face become more apparent.

Lines can appear in many ways.

  1. Horizontally across the forehead.
  2. Vertically above the top of the nose.
  3. On the upper cheeks, temples, and around the mouth, there are tiny curved lines.


Time does not wait for anyone, and the trails of time leave marks on our faces. Regardless of genes and good skincare, no one looks the same as they did when they were younger.

My best advice is to age gracefully rather than worry about stopping aging cause it will never happen.

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