February 25, 2016
Yes, they do.
As we’ve seen, men and women have important differences in the composition of their skin. Women have a lower natural collagen density (i.e. the ratio of collagen to the thickness of their skin). Both men and women lose about 1% of their collagen after the age of 30, but for women, this escalates in the five years after menopause.
Collagen loss generally means more wrinkles. It’s a natural process, but there are measures you can take to mitigate it.
Use products that help with hydration and, above all, beware of UV radiation. Cover up and use protective sunscreen products when outdoors. You’ll be fighting the risk of wrinkles and guarding against skin cancer at the same time. Here's what the skin cancer experts say:
UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), but until recently scientists believed it did not cause significant damage in areas of the epidermis (outermost skin layer) where most skin cancers occur. Studies over the past two decades, however, show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. (Basal and squamous cells are types of keratinocytes.) UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers.
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