A long life is a gift, and aging is the inevitable process that comes with it. As we age, our skin transforms. It becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, no longer appearing as supple as it once did. While these are natural processes, there are plenty of things you can do to help your skin in aging gracefully and keeping it look its best through the years.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Certain factors that lead to wrinkles can’t be avoided — facial expressions and gravity, for instance. But there’s one culprit that absolutely can be controlled: sun damage. Aim to limit your time in the sun when it’s at its peak (usually between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). And no matter the weather, use sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, applied every two hours. Check out our online shop to see a wide range of effective sunscreen products.
Dry skin is a common issue that develops with age, since the skin produces less sebum over time. Fortunately, it’s also one that can be addressed with the right moisturizer. Consider a hydrating serum or moisturizer with ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which help to lock moisture in. Our online shop offers a number of moisturizer products to fit in your skincare routine.
Aging skin tends to be more fragile, so it’s important to protect it against trauma. Even seemingly harmless practices could be contributing to wrinkles or skin damage. For instance, a rough pillowcase could be contributing to skin problems, but silk absorbs less moisture from the skin and can therefore help prevent fine lines.
You’ll also want to be careful when touching your skin. Pat products into the skin gently, and avoid harsh scrubbing when you cleanse.
Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells
The rate at which skin renews itself begins to slow down with age. Dead skin cells are replaced at a slower rate, so skin may appear dull. Exfoliating is an effective way to remove dead skin cells and reveal rejuvenated skin.
While there are physical and chemical exfoliators you can use at home, for more powerful results, you might consider in-office treatments like facial peels or microdermabrasion.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
While it’s unlikely that any diet can cure skin woes on its own, certain antioxidant-rich foods could have protective properties that help boost skin health. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, berries, tomatoes, beans, nuts, and fatty fish are a few options to consider. At the same time, it’s a good idea to limit heavily processed foods, which could accelerate skin aging. Your diet can impact more than just your skin when it comes to aging gracefully!
Find the Right Skin Care Routine for Your Age
The skincare routine that worked in your 20s or 30s may no longer serve you as your skin begins to change. You may need a gentler cleanser or a more powerful moisturizer. You might also find that incorporating cosmetic treatments into your skincare regimen helps you feel your best in your skin – which is the true secret to aging gracefully.
Whether it’s a facial, fillers, or simply finding the right combination of products, now is the time to settle into a skincare regimen that meets your needs.
From slowing down the signs of aging to performing skin cancer screenings, our skincare specialists can help you with all of the concerns that come with aging. To schedule an appointment, call (404) 355-5484 or visit us online.