Our skin changes as we age. A baby's skin has a much thicker fat layer and a much
thinner epidermis. Babies have smooth, soft skin partly because they have a much
higher percentage of hyaluronic acid, a compound capable of retaining 1000x its
weight in water. In addition, babies regenerate the strateum corneum (the outermost
layer where new skin cells are formed) in as little as 14 days. This same regeneration
process takes up to 37 days in a 50 year old.
As our skin ages, it loses much of the underlying tissue that made it so soft and
supple as a child. Over time, collagen (the “glue" that holds elastin
together) is depleted from the dermis. Collagen depletion makes our skin thinner
and less supple and causes skin to sag and lose its resiliency. In addition, as
we age, decreased blood flow to our skin results in slower healing. Finally, for
post menopausal women, skin produces less protective oils so our skin dries out
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