As our skin ages, most are experiencing a loss of volume, sagging contours and deepening wrinkles. This is due to a combination of internal processes and external factors.
The way we age is partly due to our genetics. This intrinsic aging combined with environmental and lifestyle factors to trigger the slowing down of key processes and functions in the skin. It is this slowing down which causes the most visible signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and a loss of volume and facial contours, a loss of elasticity and a loss of radiance.
This loss of volume, together with wrinkles, a loss of radiance and a loss of elasticity, causes facial skin to start looking older. It can be difficult to identify a loss of volume and facial contours. The first signs of a loss of volume in the lips tends to be when lipstick starts to bleed. A loss of facial volume tends to result in sagging skin, a flattening of the cheeks and the appearance of a “turkey neck”. It changes the overall appearance of the face which can look negative, sad or tired. The fold that develops between the nose and mouth, known as the nasolabial fold, is also linked to sagging skin and a loss of volume.
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