3 Unlikely Signs Of Premature Aging You Don't Want To Miss + A Supplement To Help
Aging in the skin: You likely know the obvious concerns you can't ignore—or, for a reminder, here are the six major signs of skin aging—but there are several sneaky indicators that your skin may be aging faster than you'd like. When you see these subtle hints, it's simply an indication that perhaps it's time to think about tending to your skin in new ways.
Think about it like this: When you start to get a pull in your shoulder that just doesn't go away as fast as it once did, you likely adjust your workout or even posture as needed. As we get older, we all make adjustments to accommodate.
Same with your skin and skin care plan.
Here, 3 things your skin may be telling you that you're missing.
Consider these your telltale skin concerns:
The skin on your chest is quite thin. This leaves it much more vulnerable to damage, both internal and external. So when your skin starts the aging process, there are going to be indicators that show up here before anywhere else. And "more often than not, it is an area that is overlooked when it comes to skin care and sun protection," explains board-certified dermatologist Shereene Idriss, M.D.
In other words, many people forget to extend their skin care down to their chest, which makes UV damage, dry weather, and other environmental aggressors leave their mark much faster.
The result? Fine lines, folds, and crepey, fragile skin.
Here's a fun fact: Your lips deflate and dry out with age. Lips thin and dehydrate for the same reason our skin sags or we lose suppleness: ceramide, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid loss. When we lose these precious things, our skin's structural integrity declines, and our overall volume diminishes as well as makes the skin more susceptible to moisture loss.
And unfortunately, this process starts earlier than you might expect. (Collagen loss even happens as early as your 20s and continues at about a 1% loss every year after1.) So if you see your lips feeling a bit less plump lately—or you're reaching for your balm far more regularly, this may be the reason why.
The skin under your eyes is like a whole terrain of its own, susceptible to even the most subtle changes in the body. (Hence, why your eyes take the hit if you missed a night of rest or they can swell up after a salty dinner.) This happens because the skin under your eyes is the thinnest on the face and thus doesn't have as many layers to help buffer. This is also why under-eye wrinkles (not to be confused with crow's feet, which appear on the outer limits of the eye) are likely the first to show up. These are so tiny you may even call them "micro-cracks."
What you can do to keep skin looking healthy and young.
We've told you this before, but the best skin care plans are holistic and proactive. Our favorite way to do that is through our innovative skin care supplement, like cellular beauty+.* The formula blends together four targeted, science-backed ingredients that help your skin at the cellular level.*
To start there's astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant that helps repair DNA damage from UV exposure, neutralizes free radicals, and can promote an internal glow.* To give you an idea of just how powerful, the free-radical-fighting effect of astaxanthin is up to 1,000 times higher2 than that of many of its fellow antioxidants.* mbg's cellular beauty+ uses high-quality, sustainable astaxanthin sourced from green algae (AstaReal®).
As for hydration and elasticity, the formula contains phytoceramides.* Ceramides are a natural part of our skin and help support your skin barrier function.* Without ceramides, which decline with age, our skin loses moisture and suppleness and fine lines can form. The phytoceramides used here (Ceramosides®) are shown to help combat this.* In one study, participants with clinically dry skin who took a phytoceramide-rich wheat extract oil for three months saw up to a 35% improvement in skin hydration3.* And you might not even have to wait that long for results; in one study, participants saw improved skin hydration after just 15 days4.*
Additionally it contains coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a major, potent fat-soluble antioxidant with multiple essential functions that's present in all living cells. In this, we use the most bioavailable form, ubiquinol (as Kaneka ubiquinol®). Concentrated in mitochondria, CoQ10 is required for cellular energy production and rejuvenation.* Ubiquinol is clinically shown to increase CoQ10 levels (which decline with age) and reduce oxidative stress.* Through this, CoQ10 supports skin elasticity and smoothness, while combating wrinkles as evidenced by clinical research5.*
Finally, there's pomegranate whole fruit extract. This superfruit-derived supplement ingredient, pomma+®, is sourced from California orchards, with transparent traceability (consider this farm to supplement). It's one of the best sources of the antioxidant polyphenol known as ellagic acid, a unique phytochemical that promotes cellular resilience and boasts anti-inflammatory properties.* Because of this it's clinically shown to enhance antioxidant responses and skin photoprotection from UV damage.*
Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at mindbodygreen and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she's held beauty roles at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as lifestyle topics, such as travel. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.