Do you ever look in the mirror and not recognize the face staring back at you?
Your skin looks dull, and instead of vibrancy and vitality your reflection shows signs of fatigue. The bags under your eyes are no longer just a sign of poor sleep and the line between your eyebrows that used to appear only when you were stressed, is now a permanent fixture on your forehead.
The changes in your skin around the age of forty are partially connected to a stressful lifestyle, but for the most part are due to a gradual decline in estrogen, the female sex hormone, which helps keep skin fresh and elastic looking. There is also a decrease in the rate at which skin detoxifies, making it more susceptible to damage from sun and pollution.
This is why skin sags, takes on a gray or yellow tint, and wrinkles start to appear – not only around the eyes and mouth, but also on the neck and chest.
While you can’t turn back the clock, there are various steps you can take to slow it down, and even repair and rejuvenate your skin.