How Your Face Ages: A Timeline

When you understand how time affects your skin at different points of your life, you can take better measures to combat the signs of aging and prepare yourself for future effects. Here’s how your face ages as time goes on.

Whether it’s yourself or someone around you, you’ve seen how time affects a person’s face. Time pulls our skin down, makes once-appreciated “baby fat” disappear, and pushes creases into the sides of our eyes. In short, time is really no friend to your skin.

However, when you understand how time affects your skin at different points of your life, you can take better measures to combat the signs of aging and prepare yourself for future effects. Here’s how your face ages as time goes on.

In Your 20s

As you leave your teens, your face starts to slim out in your 20s. You begin to lose the baby fat in your cheeks that gave you a cherub-like smile, contributing to general facial volume loss. Your 20s are also the years where you begin to get eyebrow furrows and other lines caused by movement.

Most 20-something-year-olds also love the look of glowing, tan skin, so they’re more likely to hit the tanning salon. What they may not consider is how much even just one tanning session can cause wrinkles — as can tanning in regular sunlight.

The best thing to do in your 20s is to always wear sunscreen, limit sun exposure, and use a good moisturizer.

In Your 30s

You typically won’t “look” too much older in your 30s, but these years are when your skin starts to look a little duller. These are the years you’ll also start to notice “11 lines” between your eyebrows as well as some shadows and smile lines forming around the corners of your mouth.

To combat those fine lines and growing wrinkles, invest in a good retinol product and an even better moisturizer. Aim to use your retinol product three to four times a week. If you start to notice brown spots (a result of sun damage) on your skin, your best bet at getting rid of them is by getting a chemical peel.*

This is also the time when you should start considering how injection treatments, such as Botox or Juvederm, may help reduce the signs of aging.* When it comes to these treatments, the earlier you begin getting them, the better results you will see in a shorter amount of time.* The longer you wait to start these treatments, the less effective that may be in combatting the signs of aging.

In Your 40s

Once you enter your 40s, you’ll likely start to see lines forming around your upper lip. Especially if you skimped on the sunscreen when you were younger, deeper lines can start to form around your lips (and they’ll be even deeper if you smoke).

At this point, you’re going to need to use a thicker moisturizer and use your retinol product more often. Laser treatments can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while filler injections can help fill in the spaces causing deeper lines.*

In Your 50s and Older

If you’ve heeded the advice of your dermatologist or medspa technician, kept a good skincare regimen, and protected yourself from the sun, your skin will probably look pretty good as you move over the hill.

However, if you spent a little too much time sunbathing and skipped a nighttime moisturizing routine, your skin will likely be sagging and drooping from your face a bit.

Even if you’ve done your best to protect your skin against the sun and used high-quality creams and products, at a certain point, time catches up to you and really starts to affect your skin. When the majority of fat disappears, it can pop tiny blood vessels in your face causing your skin to look a bit red and blotching.

You may benefit from laser treatments to reduce some discoloration or a skin-tightening treatment to reduce the signs of aging.*

Stay Young with Laser Gentle

Whether you’re just entering your 20s or your coming up on your 50s, our team can help keep your skin looking bright and beautiful. At Laser Gentle Medical Spa in Burlington and Natick, we provide world-class body contouring, hair removal, and skin care treatments. Both of our centers are directed by board-certified physicians, which means that our team is classified as true experts in the industry.

To schedule your free consultation, give us a call today!


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