Healthy Skin as We Age
Friday, June 20, 2014
Why does our skin change as we age?
Prior to our 20s, skin cells, collagen
and elastin regenerate very quickly, which gives us our skin a polished, smooth
appearance. But as we age everything regenerates more slowly, so our skin
begins to look a little dull and to lose its firmness in places we wish it
wouldn't. The slower process of replenishing collagen and elastin is what leads
to bags, wrinkles and sags.
Another culprit in aging our skin is the
sun. Time in the sun increases pigment production, which ultimately leads to
age spots and breaks down elastic fibers in skin, which also contributes to
fine lines and wrinkles.
Smokers are at risk for a number of
health problems as well as early aging. The same way inhaling smoke causes
blood vessels throughout your body to constrict, reducing the flow of oxygen
and nutrients, it causes capillaries near the surface of our skin to tighten,
ultimately causing rapid aging in the form of wrinkles and discoloration.
What can be done to slow or reverse
There are some simple routines that can
help slow the effects of aging such as:
There are a number of procedures that
can make your face appear years younger almost immediately. Depending on your
personal concerns, your current health and your goals, we may be able to help
you regain a youthful appearance with an eyelid lift, facelift, or brow lift,
among other options. Contact our office to make an appointment for a
consultation and we’ll discuss the procedures that may work for you.
a gentle cleansing routine twice a day
- Use high-quality moisturizer daily
- Use sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30, even when it’s cloudy or you don’t expect to spend much time outside.
Remember to reapply every two hours when you do spend the day in the sun.
- Try a retinoid cream to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A derivative of vitamin A,
retinoid stimulates the production of collagen and thickens skin, which
gives a smoother, tighter appearance.
weight slowly. Crash diets that lead to quick weight loss can result in sagging
skin (not to mention the risk of regaining it at a later date).