The face is both the most exposed and vulnerable part of you, yet also the first and most obvious part to be seen. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors contribute to how your face ages and sags. Genetics and race are the most vital intrinsic factors, darker skins retaining elasticity, hydration and oils longer than Caucasion skins which are the first to develop lines and wrinkles.
The damage done by sun exposure, smoking or late nights starts early but is not observed until your late 20’s or early 30’s. By the time you reach your 40’s you will indeed have the ‘face you deserve’ or more correctly the ‘face you have earned’ with your lifestyle habits and skin care routine (antioxidants, retinols and sun protection factor).
The internal processes that occur as we age sees a loss of collagen and elastin and the hydrating glycosaminoglycans; leading to poor skin quality, wrinkles, and dehydration. There is concomitant deflation and herniation of the fat pads and stretching of ligaments. This weakens the structural support that keeps facial features true to form, so the face may sag; jowls, creases and eyebags may develop.
External factors, including environmental conditions and lifestyle habits (such as smoking and sun exposure) and contribute to the majority of photoageing of the skin. This results in poor quality skin, dehydration, uneven pigmentation with age spots, discolourations, lesions and in some cases skin cancers. Complete neglect or lack of self care can lead to intensely premature or poor ageing( alcoholics, drug addicts)