Wrinkles. Fine lines and wrinkles are the first noticeable signs of skin ageing. Small shallow wrinkles such as crow’s feet and laughter lines typically appear in your 20s and 30s around your eyes. These are followed by wrinkles on the forehead.
Known as dynamic wrinkles, as they are only visible when the skin moves with facial expressions, over time they become more prominent and evolve into permanent wrinkles that are visible when the face is static.
Loss of volume. The skin’s structure changes as it ages, and by our 40s most people experience a loss of volume, and less definition of facial contours due to sagging skin. As skin loses volume it can change the face’s appearance to look negative, sad or tired.
It can be difficult to identify a loss of volume, however more obvious signs include a flattening of the cheeks, a wider jawline or appearance of a ‘turkey neck’, and bleeding lipstick as corners of the mouth begin to point downwards.
Loss of elasticity & deep wrinkles. The next stage of skin’s ageing process is a loss of elasticity and firmness. A deepening of wrinkles is also typical of mature skin as its elastin and collagen levels decline, resulting in a weaker structure.
Mature skin also becomes drier and can appear ‘crepey’, losing the radiance often associated with youthful skin. Our skin is as individual as we are so these changes become visible at different ages, but they are most commonly experienced by those who are 50+.