In addition to aging and family history, another big risk factor for thin skin is sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) light causes collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis to break down at a faster rate. So, one of the best ways to prevent or delay skin thinning is to cut back on your time in the sun by spending less time outdoors when the suns rays are at their most intense.
When you are out in the sun, wear a sunscreen with a full-spectrum coverage of at least SPF 15, and reapply it every two hours. Not only will these actions help your skin maintain some of its youthful plumpness, they will also help prevent other forms of sun-related skin damage.
On the next page, we cover another strategy for preventing thin skin and improving its appearance.