What Happens To Your Face As You Age?

Updated: Jun 2, 2020





As you age, your skin begins to look and feel different. Apart from that, the actual shape of your face also changes.

Find out more about facial ageing changes in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

What TCM can do to keep your skin healthy and radiant-looking.


Facial Aging Begins in Your 20s


When you head from being a teenager into young adulthood, you start to lose baby fat.

You start to look more like a woman and less like a girl.

You may not believe it but facial ageing starts at this phase.


This is the time when very early signs of so-called motor wrinkles – the creases and facial lines related to movement – first appear.

Also, if you spend most of your time squinting in front of a computer screen, you may also start to see ‘crow’s feet’ or the tiny lines around the eyes.


Young women should also watch for melasma – a brown hyperpigmentation that appears on the forehead and cheeks, caused by a combination of hormones, sun exposure and pregnancy.


What to Do?

1. To maintain your youthful glow, avoid the sun if possible and always use sunscreen when you’re outside.

2. Start using moisturizers on a regular basis.

3. Dermatologists recommend using retinol-based skin care products.


Facial Aging in Your 30s


Your skin is less radiant and appears ‘tired’.

You will start to notice deep crow’s feet including past sun damage that may aggravate the appearance of small brown spots.

Be prepared for the dreaded 11’s – the parallel lines that emerge between your brows.


What to Do?

1. Experts suggest increasing usage of retinol products to three to four times a week.

2. You have to use moisturizers and sunscreens. Chemical peels can eliminate minor imperfections and maintain that ‘youthful glow’.


Facial Aging in Your 40s


When you reach 40, the facial lines and wrinkles become deeper. Lines around your upper lip – called the purse string muscle – start to appear.


Be prepared to see more lines and creases on your forehead, eyes plus a more noticeable smile lines.


What to Do?

Consider Wrinkle reduction and Dermal Fillers at this point if you haven’t tried it on your 30s. You also have to use stronger moisturizers and a night cream. When you sleep, your skin undergoes a natural healing process so skincare products intended for night use are absorbed better and may provide better results.


Facial Aging in Your 50s


Thin, Crepey Skin

As collagen and elastin levels decline, moisture levels drop and the underlying structure becomes less supported, skin becomes thinner and more fragile (the under-eye area is particularly affected due to a loss of fat under skin), giving way to a dehydrated, crepey and baggy look.


What to Do?

Apply heavier moisturizers with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which binds to water for an instant plumping effect, or natural oils.