Not all skin is created equal, but there are things we can do to optimise our skin health.
The main factors that contribute to how old we look include the shape of our face, the number of lines or wrinkles, and the luminosity of our skin. Each of these is influenced by intrinsic and external factors.
Skin is the most visible organ. So ageing skin has a big impact on a person’s self-esteem. Australians spend nearly AU$5 billion per year on skin care products and treatments, with Queenslanders spending the most on beauty per capita.
INTRINSIC AGEING OF THE SKIN
Rates of intrinsic (also known as chronologic) ageing are predicted, to a degree, by our genetic makeup, including our skin colour.
With age, the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) becomes thinner and more transparent. This means that it reflects less light and so appears less luminous as time goes on.