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Does skin darken as you get older?

Started 1309328649.423 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1309461408.103 by vermint

I always thought it faded and got lighter. I find myself wearing a several shades darker foundation than I did before. I wear sunscreen daily. Strange!

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knmt1309330194.143695 PostsRegistered 7/13/2010Chicago suburbs

I'm on the other side of 65 and I still have a light complexion. Am not fond of being out in the sun, but I do work in the yard (no more than I have to!), do a lot of walking and have some sun damage on my neck and, yes it's darker on my neck. I've had to put makeup on this area to even out the color. So, perhaps, it's sun damage . . .

ladyroxanne1309333158.13310991 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

yes, you can have darker patches due to sun damage.

smhr661309353108.6732384 PostsRegistered 9/5/2010Laid Back and Mellow Small Town USA

Does skin darken as you get older? I'm not sure what you are asking. Skin can darken and turn ashy in color from poor circulation. People become less active as they age, and skin no longer has the coloration it once had. I learned that from my massage therapist.

mature, dry, sensitive, makeup optional skin. keep it healthy with NIA24, MD Forte, physical sunscreen and Fancl cleanser.

brandiwine1309353923.0372332 PostsRegistered 11/9/2006Colorado

Only if your age spots start to run together! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

Icegoddess1309355400.8531631 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010

I have seen a lot of very pale old people, so I would say no. However, your skin cell turnover rate slows as you age, so if you get tanning it will take longer to go away.

I work out in the yard a lot. I do wear sunscreen, but am not diligent about reapplying. Luckily, I have a lot of shade in the yard. But, over the years I have developed a farmer's tan. I have diligently been trying to get rid of it. It has faded over time, but it is still there. But the skin that is underneath my shirt is still lily white.

spenditall­baby1309355671.627625 PostsRegistered 11/20/2007Surfer's Paradise and Flower Capital

Seems I'm buying lighter-toned foundation as I age. Years ago, I was using the Bobbi Brown warm ivory, but that seems too yellow for me now.

Sebastian1309355969.39269 PostsRegistered 1/22/2011

As with everything, we are unique. Yes, I have gotten darker with age as have my parents. Not an intense darkening but a very definitive change in shade. I think this happens with some and not others, depending on heredity and environmental exposure.

Shelbelle1309357650.0634261 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

The skin above my eyes seems to have darkened.

annabellet­hecat1309357961.65713653 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
My skin has gotten even whiter. I don't look like it, but I have to buy the fairest always of any line of make-up. I have heard that the skin gets thinner. Not being a dermatologist, I don't know and I can only speak for myself. I am not aware of that either.

I Teach Too1309358389.85311790 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Eastern Iowa...If you build it, they will come.

The skin on my face, where I wear a sunscreen, has gotten lighter. I had to darken my hair because I was looking washed out. However, my arms and chest have gotten darker. I rarely wear sunscreen on my arms and chest and I attribute the darkness to the repeated sun exposure...which, BTW, is NOT a lot of sun exposure. I believe we need a little sun exposure to stay healthy. I NEVER stay out long enough to burn.

I know too much to go back an' pretend.

Jolexi1309360065.187924 PostsRegistered 9/22/2006NYC
On 6/29/2011 Sebastian said:

As with everything, we are unique. Yes, I have gotten darker with age as have my parents. Not an intense darkening but a very definitive change in shade. I think this happens with some and not others, depending on heredity and environmental exposure.

I agree w/Sebastian. I used to be on the deeper/darker side of an olive complexion when I was a child/teen, and as I've had children and aged, my skin has gotten lighter. My daughter inherited my olive complexion and when compared to her youthful skin, mine is a shade or two lighter now than it used to be. I believe it definitely has to do with genetics and environmental factors...

Anonymous1­9701309456566.497460 PostsRegistered 1/23/2011

It's one of two things, sun damage or hormones.

madcity4111309457602.034554 PostsRegistered 8/11/2007
On 6/29/2011 brandiwine said:

Only if your age spots start to run together! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

{#emotions_dlg.lol} Good one!!!

imaclothes­hog1309460679.22721499 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

In my husband's family, all the women have very dark circles under their eyes (one of his grandmothers was of mixed Italian descent). This is hereditary, but if you look at photos of them as teens and young women, the dark circles are not as pronounced, but have darkened as they have aged.

"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it". ~Erma Bombeck

vermint1309461408.0771298 PostsRegistered 9/5/2007Southeast USA

I'm pretty fair-skinned at 56, and have been for many years---but I was so olive-complected as a newborn that the nurse tried to give me to the Hispanic woman in the bed next to my mom {#emotions_dlg.laugh}!

I tanned BEAUTIFULLY as a teenager, but couldn't now even if I were so inclined.

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