Last week I noticed I had a big bruise on my torso. I had no clue where it came from. Was it from carrying the metal-edged laundry basket against my rib cage as I brought it upstairs from the laundry room? I was trying to remember what I could have done to myself.
Today, I received an email from FabOverFifty inviting me to test one of their products. (To be a tester for FabOverFifty, you have to “join” the panel of tests for $25. While it’s probably worth it because they guarantee that you’ll receive a certain number of full-size skincare/beauty products over the year, I haven’t signed up.) The product was called DerMend Bruise Healing Formula and retails for $29.99. I never realized there was such a product. It got me to thinking that there must be a relationship between bruising and aging.
I googled “bruising” and found lots of articles discussing the relationship between bruising and aging. First, bruises occur as a result of a blow to capillaries located close to the skin. Blood pools under the skin and turns color. In terms of the relationship between bruising and aging, here’s what I learned:
- As you age, your capillary walls get weaker making rupture more probable.
- As you age, your skin get thinner making bruising more visible.
- Medications that thin the blood make bruising more likely. Medications such as blood thinners and aspirin or dietary supplements such as fish oil, ginger, garlic, and gingko have this effect. (I take both fish oil and baby aspirin daily.)
In addition to bruising getting more likely with age, bruising is more common in women than men most likely because women’s skin is thinner (ha ha).
Frankly, I don’t think I need another skincare product to treat my bruises. Thankfully, they do disappear on their own. But I’m glad to now know why I’m seeing bruises more often.
Have any of you experienced more frequent bruising, or am I the only one?? And don’t you just love the street art heart I saw in Lisbon?