Many of the reasons behind facial aging are environmental. Aging skin is constantly bombarded by the elements. In Calgary, the climate is extremely dry and we have many days of sun as well as cold weather, powerful factors in facial aging. The long-term effects are fine wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, freckles and leathery skin.
As we age, our skin also shows the results of our lifestyles exposure to cigarette smoke, alcohol, and our diets. Cigarette smoke dries out the skin and alcohol dilates the small blood vessels causing restricted blood flow. Alcohol may cause blood vessels in the face to break, creating that flushed look of a chronic drinker. Stress and loss of sleep and lack of Vitamin C can also cause premature aging.
Something none of us can escape is gravity. Over time, our skin loses elasticity — drooping eyelids and sagging jowls. Even our noses get longer.
The skin’s defense, which worked so well when we were younger, no longer renew skin cells quickly enough to prevent the signs of facial aging. Genes play a part in how well we age. Some of us are blessed with genes that produce enough collagen for a longer period of time.