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Anniki Sommerville


Anniki Sommerville is a published author of 5 books including 3 non-fiction books - How to Be a Boss at Ageing, More Orgasms Please and The Big Quit. She regularly writes for Red magazine and Grazia on women's health, ageing and more.

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Why does the skin age?

Why does the skin change as we get older? What are the underlying reasons? And what can be done to prevent it?

As we age we may notice changes in our skin texture and the way that it looks. It may feel drier and you may start to notice wrinkles around specific areas of the face and body.

The ageing process affects every part of the body, including the skin. Over time, the skin loses its elasticity, firmness, and natural moisture, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing.

Here are some of the key factors that contribute to the ageing of the skin:

  1. Genetics: Some people are more genetically predisposed to premature ageing than others.

  2. Sun damage: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage the skin, causing wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of ageing.

  3. Collagen depletion: Collagen is a protein that gives the skin its structure and elasticity. As we age, the body produces less collagen, which can lead to sagging and wrinkles.

  4. Hormonal changes: As women approach menopause, the levels of estrogen in their bodies decline, which can lead to thinner, drier skin.

  5. Lifestyle factors: Smoking, poor diet, and excessive alcohol consumption can all accelerate the ageing process.

  6. Environmental factors: Pollution and other environmental toxins can also contribute to skin ageing.

To slow down the ageing process of the skin, it is important to protect it from sun damage, maintain a healthy diet, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and use moisturisers and other skincare products that contain anti-aging ingredients like retinoids and antioxidants. Some people also take collagen and other supplements to counteract some of the effects of ageing on the skin.

Overall ageing is natural and as a society we need to accept that people look different as they age and that this is normalised. It is not something to fear in life and is part and parcel of the ageing process.

To read about menopause and how it can impact on your self esteem check this article out.

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