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What Happens To Your Face As You Age? Facial Aging in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

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 aging 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 aging 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 hyper-pigmentation 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.

Peptides are another skin-care ingredient that should be added to your anti-aging arsenal as they work to prompt the body to create new collagen.

How tcm can help aging skin?

1. Facial Cupping

-The ancient practice of facial cupping uses special cups designed for the delicate skin of the face to promote circulation and relieve muscle tension.

The tension in facial muscles in one of the biggest contributors to the appearance of aging.

-Effective in reducing puffiness, softening fine lines and wrinkles, stimulating collagen and helping products absorb more easily. No cupping marks are left on the face and your face feels more luminous and you are left feeling rejuvenated from a post-treatment high.

Our Anti Aging Facial helps to reduce the stress and tension that is held in the facial muscles

2. Face Acupuncture

-Facial acupuncture is also a potential treatment for fine lines and wrinkles.

-The needles are inserted gently into the facial regions at specific points so as to improve blood circulation stimulate collagen production when treating wrinkles or lines.

-In that sense, it’s sort of like a more relaxing, less painful, and longer micro-needling session. The primary difference between the two is that micro-needling purposefully causes trauma to the skin via a ton of tiny needles that penetrate over and over again, while acupuncture doesn’t cause trauma.

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