We all grow older every day of our lives and we’ll eventually start to see aging signs forming on our skin. While this can be combatted through the use of certain products and treatments, aging itself can’t necessarily be avoided. However, your background and body composition might be a factor for how quickly you age. Some studies find that you can age slower depending on your ethnicity. Learn about which ethnicities might age slower and how it works so you can be prepared for when to take care of your fine lines and wrinkles.
Different Factors and Ethnicities
Different groups of people will have different compositions of skin depending on many factors. Some can include things like how thick their skin is, dark it is, or how much protection their skin naturally has. However, other groups may lack these features which can cause them to gain wrinkles sooner than others. We’ve gone through the different features someone might have and how they affect your appearance and youthfulness:
Thickness of the skin. The dermis is the thick part of the skin which forms the base of our skin. When the dermis is thicker, then cells are strongly packed together instead of being spread apart. It’s not that thickness of the skin hinders aging, rather it’s the fact that the skin can hide fine lines and wrinkles so that they don’t show up. Generally speaking, Hispanic, Asian-American, African-American and Mediterranean people have thicker skin which results in hidden aging signs.
- Color of the skin. The very color of our skin isn’t the reason that we may have fewer wrinkles over someone else, but instead, it’s behind what makes up the color of our skin, which is melanin. Melanin is the colored pigments in our skin that make up our complexion. If we have more melanin, we’re going to have a darker complexion, whereas people with less melanin have fairer skin. People of African-American descent are likelier to have much more melanin in their skin. The amount of melanin in your skin can reduce wrinkles due to the role of melanin. Melanin protects the skin from harmful UV rays and absorbs them instead. This leads to another major point in aging: the sun.
- Exposure to the sun. It’s been mentioned plenty of times before and will always be relevant to the aging of your skin- exposure to the sun can be very harmful depending on your skin type. If you have more protection from melanin, you won’t be at risk as much as someone who has less melanin, like fairer skin types. However, no matter what type of skin you have, it’s always essential to wear sunscreen whenever you go out to effectively protect yourself at all times. We recommend our Anti-Aging Day Protect SPF 22 for optimum protection as it’ll act as a barrier between your skin and the sun but also repair any damaged skin at the same time.
- Plump skin. Plump skin actually refers to the fat content which is found in different parts of your body. Sometimes, this is admired by people due to where it’s located. However, other times it can feel disappointing to know that your face may look like it has gained weight. Despite these feelings, the reality is that the plumper your skin is, the longer you can retain a youthful, hydrated appearance. Asian and African-American people will likely have higher fat content in their skin which can keep them looking youthful for longer.