Is your skin thinner, less bouncy and more sensitive? There is no doubt that the thickness of your skin changes with age. Your skin gradually feels more dry, fragile and less elastic. And a reduced skin barrier comes with thinner skin. When the skin is healthy, it successfully protects us against irritation, skin conditions and inflammation. But the body can’t defend itself when our skin barrier is weakened. We will look at how thin and weak skin can affect the skin barrier and how measures can be used to improve and strengthen the skin.
Why do i have thin skin layers?
As you age, you can detect changes in the texture and flexibility of your skin. Your skin may seem thinner and drier, as you get older, because your body creates less collagen. Collagen is the structural protein which gives skin flexibility, strength and flexibility. Collagen fibres are the strong columns that support the top skin layer, preventing sagging skin. But thinner and less soft skin comes with collagen decline. You can thank your genetics for the way your collagen store drops swiftly.
Factors of lifestyle including medication
As Healthline explains, from long-term usage of various medicines you can have thin skin, including:
- Blood thinner prescription
- Nonsteroids (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve)
- Topical and oral steroids
- Aspirin over-the-counter
There are also a number of lifestyle issues, including early ageing and skin dilution:
- Excessive usage of alcohol
- Regular exercise paired with low sugar and processed carbs
- Exposure to Sun
Over-exposure to ultraviolet light causes solar damage to the skin and you can begin to acquire thinner skin after many years of tanning (and burning). Sun damage may also occur as age spots, skin shrinkage, wrinkling or skin cancer. You may see thinner skin on the face, arms or hands of the most sun-exposed portions of the body.
How is thin skin going to affect me?
Thin skin is not going to cause health problems — it is only a concern if your skin is easily damaged or bruised. As Medline Plus says, “As you age, you are more likely to get injured to the skin. Your skin is thinner, more delicate, and a protective covering of fat is lost.” The capacity of the skin to snap back worsens as the thickness of the dermis worsens. And there are bruises and creases with thin skin.
On top of thin skin, if you don’t care for your skin, its barrier could be impaired. The skin consists of 3 layers: The layer of hypodermis consists of perspiration, fat and tissue. The next layer is the dermis, consisting of the blood supply and nerves. The outermost layer is the epidermis that constitutes your skin barrier and protects you from bacteria and pollution. A healthy, effective skin barrier prevents external irritants while maintaining their hydration and natural oils. An poor skin barrier will not protect you from potential problems such as irritation, inflammation or dryness. Thin skin is sensitive enough, but you may be irritating if you do not moisturise very dry skin, or if you are over exfoliating. Read this detailed tutorial if you would like to understand more about what causes a compromised skin barrier. A discussion of practical strategies to get stronger and thicker skin is presented here.
How to strengthen and thicker skin
Eat foods that help the production of collagen
Omega-3 fatty acids have been proved repeatedly to be vital to increase the formation of collagen and to make our skin stronger and improve the barrier function of our skin. Vitamin C is also a key collagene in foods such as broccoli, leafy greens and citrus fruits.
A range of nutrients can assist your body increase the production of collagen, including:
- Greens Leafy
- Fish and molluscs
- Egg Whites White
- Agricultural fruits
Use peptide skin care products
If you are already happy with your diet, you may strengthen your skin using peptide-containing skin care products. Dr. Nancy Samolitis, FAAD dermatologist, MD, told Byrdie: “Peptides are primarily fragmented protein parts. So when utilised in skin care, the goal is to encourage collagen formation with these collagen fragments…. Full unfragmented proteins (such as collagen) cannot be absorbed directly through the top of the skin, so that these smaller components can penetrate the cell level.”
Daily Apply Moisturizer
To strengthen your skin, move your attention from exfoliation to hydration. Whether you are a dry, combined, oily or sensitive skin type, hydration of your skin is a first step towards healthy skin.
You may only be born with a dry skin type due to your lack of hydration due to heredity. However, if your skin is oily, combined, sensitive or normal, dryness might be induced by air conditioners or hot baths. Help your skin stay strong after cleansing by adding a moisturiser. This process helps to moisturise your skin and protect it from the environment.