How to Care for Your Skin as You Age

How to Care for Your Skin as You AgeBoth men and women struggle with changes in their skin’s elasticity, hydration and collagen levels as they age.  Women especially tend to notice gravity taking its toll as their hormones change, and many will go to drastic measures in an effort to preserve a youthful appearance. Aside from a healthy diet, increased intake of water, responsible sun exposure and a regular exercise routine, there are also many natural treatments and products available to help you achieve a healthy, radiant complexion at any age.

Until recently, anti-aging products almost exclusively catered to people who need a lot of oils in their products. These days, anti-aging products have started catering to oily or combination skin types as well, making them a viable option for any adult or senior of any skin type.

Good anti-aging formulas contain natural peptides in the creams and eye treatments, which are known for their ability to relax your facial muscles, smooth lines and firm your skin. Enzyme peels are the best way to exfoliate mature skin types. As your skin begins to lose its fullness, abrasive exfoliants can start to do more damage than good when used weekly. Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, papayas, mangos and pineapples are some of the fruits that contain active enzymes in them. When applied topically, these enzymes gently eat away dead skin cells without scratching the surface layers of your skin, which speeds up the cell regeneration process and leaves you with a healthy, fresh complexion. Hyaluronic acid is another product gaining popularity in anti-aging products due to its plumping effect on the skin. Hyaluronic acid is found in our joints; our bodies produce it until around the age of 30 to keep our joints lubricated and moving smoothly. When applied topically to the skin, it can hold 1000x its weight in water and draws moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect.

Remember that your skin is just one part of your body, so the healthier your diet, exercise routines and water intake are, the more nutrients your skin will have to take in as well. Many fruits and berries have gained recognition in past years due to their incredible abilities to heal, protect and firm the skin when applied topically. Make sure that your skin care products contain active natural ingredients such as seabuckthorn berries, acai berries, pomegranate, cranberries, papaya and avocado, to repair and heal the skin using natural vitamins and nutrients.

Ultrasonic skin rejuvenation is a treatment that sends microcurrents into the epidermis, increasing topical product absorption rates by 80%, and gently shaking dirt and dead skin loose. It can be performed in conjunction with any facial or diamond microdermabrasion treatment to promote product penetration, and is a highly recommended add-on treatment for anti-aging services to achieve faster results. Diamond microdermabrasion is another great treatment for reducing fine lines and keeping the skin healthy, but should be used in moderation after the age of 60-65 due to the thinning effect abrasive treatments can have on the skin.

By Maggie Reyes, Clinical Aesthetician