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How Skin Changes in Your 40s

skin changes in your 40sLike the rest of your body, your skin undergoes natural changes as you age. A woman’s skin in particular is susceptible to unwanted changes in tone, texture and tightness, especially as she enters her 40s.

The fourth decade is one that is characterized by emerging evidence of sun damage and aging in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and large pores. It is also marked by a significant decline in various hormone levels and growth factors. This decline in hormones causes a reduction in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, and reduces the production of sebum (skin oil). In a woman’s 40s, cell damage has accumulated in many tissues, and skin is one of the most affected. The rate at which skin repairs and renews itself also takes place much slower.

Skin changes often include:

  • Thickening and drying of the outer layer of skin resulting in a parched, dull appearance.
  • Thinning of the middle layer of skin–the layer responsible for skin strength, resilience and firmness. Fine lines, wrinkles become more pronounced as a result.
  • Deepening of motion wrinkles and creases.
  • Development of uneven pigmentation and other discolorations.
  • Slackening of facial muscles and loss of subcutaneous fat leading to a tired, haggard look.
  • Some acne around the jaw related to fluctuating hormone levels.

Sun and sleep habits, overall health and genetics contribute to these adverse changes. You don’t have to take them lying down, though. Consider these treatments that specifically target problems women encounter in their 40s:

Women in their 40s have a special beauty that comes from self-knowledge and a confidence born of experience. Don’t let signs of premature aging hold you back from looking as great as you feel.

Contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today to find out how Dr. Zimmet and his team can help you find the best treatment to meet your needs. Our number is (512) 485-7700.

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