Mature and Prematurely Aged Skin

Ageing is a natural process and whilst almost all cells in our body are designed to be replaced, the processes of cell maintenance and renewal do gradually slow as we get older. 

  • Prematurely aged skin refers to skin that appears older than our actual chronological age would suggest.
  • We can influence the rate at which this happens

So premature ageing refers to an accelerated ageing process, where our cells have aged faster than programmed to naturally do so due to the effect of external factors. It therefore has the characteristics of more mature skin at an earlier biological age.

Characteristics of mature and prematurely aged skin

There are a number of factors that influence how mature a skin looks:

  • Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of volume
  • Loss of firmness and elasticity
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation – age spots
  • Appearance of thread veins and vascular blemishes
  • Poor hydration and dryness
  • Dullness – lack of radiance

By understanding what causes the skin to age, you will be better able to help it age more slowly.