8 Skin Conditions That Pop Up After You Turn 45

4. THINNING, “CREPEY’ SKIN

“As our skin ages, and is repeatedly exposed to the sun, its collagen and elastin fibers break down, and the hyaluronic acid that bathes these fibers decreases, causing the skin to lose its rubbery, juicy, hydrated qualities. This results in thinner skin, with a tissue paper-like quality, that’s more brittle and dry. It also is prone to flakes and itches, and is more easily torn or injured.

“Small bruises also can form, especially on the forearm skin and on other areas of high sun exposure, because the rubbery collagen and elastin that make up tiny blood vessels in the skin can become more brittle and easily tear, even with no known direct trauma. {Think about what happens to old rubber bands that dry out.} All this is difficult to fully reverse, but keeping sun off of these areas, starting at a young age, can slow the progress. Special moisturizer ingredients, such as lactic acid and urea, help to rehydrate the surface skin layers and make them plumper and less brittle. Fraxel and Halo lasers, as well as rejuvenating devices like Infini, can help to trigger new collagen formation.”

  • rebecca huff

    why do we have to click 9 times to read the article? Why not let us read it all on one page. No thanks! won’t be reading!

  • Tired Gramma

    I laugh ruefully when I read articles like these. Only the very rich and pampered women can even think about anti-aging help like this. The rest of us, well we go to the drugstore shelf and buy lots of hope in jars….. LOL and it DOES pay, no matter what, to take care of yourself. The BIGGEST thing is stay OUT of that SUN. don’t smoke! use butter, coconut oil, trust me, your skin will look better for it. The one thing I wish wish I could have done is to lift my eye area… you know, the skin is falling over my eyelids? What will later? I won’t see for the skin folds? ha