The aging process of the skin

No one can escape it, despite all the products we apply or inject and the skin we stretch. The body ages and the skin ages with it. The process of decline actually begins between the ages of 25 and 30, which may raise questions about the average ages that we as humans reach today. Human development has continued in many areas and hygiene and medical development contribute to the process. Doing nothing and waiting for the decay to start is possible, but a little care goes a long way. With today’s hygiene, you already take on some of the care of the skin. But to keep the skin as supple as possible, just a little more is needed.

The process

The skin continuously renews itself and replenishes where an imperfection occurs, as if it were an automatic process. Your body including the skin recovers during the night hours. Decline starts from around age 25 (can also be a little older, but no later than around age 30). This sounds harsh, but is of course a very gradual process. You often see the first signs in small laugh lines near the eyes and, if you have a predisposition for them, also near the mouth.
This does imply that it is advisable to start good skin care in a timely manner. Not that it only depends on that, of course the genes you inherit also play a major role. But with good skin care you help preserve the skin.

Visible aging of the skin

The epidermis loses its well-known suppleness, slowly becomes thinner and drier and becomes more vulnerable. The dermis that lies beneath the epidermis loses connective tissue, also known as collagen, and elastin fibers. The blood vessels recede a little more and the function of the sebum decreases, causing the skin to become a little drier.

What to do?


Some people start smearing like crazy at some point, but there is not much point in not doing it carefully. You can keep your skin supple and fresh by cleansing your skin daily, in the morning before applying day cream. The cleansing and day cream depends on your skin type. If you do not know this, you can have this measured in the better drugstore/perfumery or at the beautician. In the evening, cleanse your face again and apply night cream, possibly also a separate one for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Always apply your creams to clean skin, tapping the nutrients into the skin, as it were.


In addition to your daily care, you can also regularly do something extra or have it done by the professional. Not everything has proven results, but some things do. Some examples:

  • Consider a good facial scrub to remove dead skin cells and get fresh skin, where creams are also better absorbed. Only pay attention to exfoliating if you have rosacea (those small red veins). You can make the process worse with a scrub. In that case, take a specific product for couperose skin.
  • You can also think about a mask. The effect depends on the type of mask you use. When using a mask, always pay attention to whether it actually does something for your skin. Some masks only need a few minutes to take effect and others take half an hour. Combining it with something relaxing, for example, is extra beneficial.
  • You can also undergo a fruit acid treatment and it will give you smoother and firmer skin. A series of organic fruit acids stimulate the skin to produce new cells and improve the moisture balance. Good for the blood circulation of the skin, but also if you have pigment or age spots.
  • If you have ever suffered from irregular skin, for example due to persistent acne, a dermabrasion treatment can offer a solution. It is best to undergo a series of treatments with a professional. There are also sets for home use and if you want to use these, first get proper information from a professional. For example, apply it following one or more treatments with the professional.


From the inside

But no matter what you do on the outside, doing nothing on the inside is not good. This means that it is good for the skin if you get good nutrients. Take plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (particularly good for antioxidants), drink about 1.5 liters per day and live a somewhat regular diet. This may sound boring, but it doesn’t mean you can’t afford anything anymore. It’s just a matter of compensating for it a little.
Furthermore, avoiding stress as much as possible is also important, getting enough sleep and not smoking is important. If you have a glass of alcohol, compensate each glass with a glass of water and drink in moderation.
After all, we all know that sunlight is good for the body. However, you can consume vitamin D outside within 15 to 20 minutes and you don’t have to lie around baking for it. If you still want a tan, regularly apply a high protection factor to the delicate skin and regularly seek out the shade (it will also make you tan). In addition to better skin, you increase your chance of avoiding skin cancer.


You cannot stop aging, but if you take good care of the skin you can slow down the process. Moreover, you look a lot fresher and this is even more emphasized if you feel good about yourself and your face regularly shows a smile.

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