Aging

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Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond When in your sixties and above, it’s a great time to focus on strengthening, smoothing, brightening, and hydrating skin for a healthy and luminous appearance. You may notice that wrinkles are more deeply etched than in previous years, hyperpigmentation is especially prominent, a decreased protective barrier heightens sensitivity, and dryness and dehydration are enhanced. Collagen production has reduced by at least 30% so skin may grow a bit thinner, elasticity may further decrease, and broken capillaries and veins might intensify. Cancerous and precancerous lesions may also surface if they haven’t already, so really make it a priority to visit your dermatologist once a year for a full body skin scan. The Aging Process Skin aging occurs gradually from external factors such as UV exposure, as well as internal factors such as diet and genetics. These influences contribute to three biochemical reactions – Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) – all of which lead to wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin tone and other signals associated with aging skin. Reactive Oxygen Species are harmful oxygen molecules created by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing wrinkles by cross-linking collagen and elastin. The result? Skin is less able to repair itself. Matrix Metalloproteinases are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen and inhibit new collagen from forming. Advanced Glycation End-products occur when glucose (sugar) – the same glucose that provides energy for our cells – reacts with proteins, including collagen. This response can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles and lines, inflammation, inhibited cell growth, and accelerated [...]

Healthy Skin in Your 40s & 50s

When you approach your forties and fifties, your skin is likely to experience more noticeable changes in firmness, texture, and tone. Updating your daily regimen is key to helping your skin adjust. Healthy Skin in 40s Your forties is a time to repair, firm, and treat. Cell turnover slows to roughly 40 days, and skin starts to experience hormonal issues that trigger dryness, sensitivity, and even conditions such as eczema or rosacea. Collagen and elastin production begin to slow, leading to a loss of firmness and more prominent wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead. Treatment Recommendation, 40s At minimum, try to have a skincare regimen that consists of a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Focus on boosting collagen, and exfoliate consistently to resurface uneven texture and brighten the visible effects of past UV damage. Include treatments and serums for face and eyes for best results, and ingredients such as Vitamin C, Peptides and Retinol are key. I recommend you follow this skincare regimen: Cleanser Wash with Skin Resurfacing Cleanser each morning for a more even tone and texture. In the evening, switch to UltraCalming Cleanser to hydrate and calm skin. If you typically experience sensitization (burning, stinging, itching, redness, etc.), use UltraCalming Cleanser both am and pm instead. What if your skin is oily? Go with Special Cleansing Gel. Exfoliant Exfoliate with Daily Microfoliant once daily (or 3-5 times a week for those with more sensitive skin) to brighten discoloration and renew the outer cell layer. If skin is more resilient, include Daily Resufacer, a leave-on treatment that goes under moisturizer at night to help clear congestion and even out tone. Keep in mind that skin should never burn or itch from exfoliation, [...]

Healthy Skin in Your 20s and 30s

My philosophy is the sooner you start on a skin care regimen the better! Skin produces a strong amount of sebum during these years, so addressing the breakouts is always a priority. With hormone changes, hot yoga, and oil based hair products, I see many of my clients dealing with acne they never had. Having a designated routine and sticking to it will make a huge difference in the overall look of your skin. Using a ph-balanced gel, clay or anti-bacterial cleanser twice a day will remove excess oil, makeup and impurities from the surface. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, Dermal Clay Cleanser and Clearing Skin Wash are favorites of mine. I also recommend using the Clarisonic Brush once a day to gently vibrate and lift dead skin cells. Using an exfoliant two to three times a week will be sure to remove excess oil and debris, and create a smoother finish. Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Microfoliant do this without irritation. There are several serums and boosters that can be applied underneath a moisturizer depending on the skin’s texture. Some have Salicylic Acid others have Hyaluronic Acid, one for excess oiliness the other for dehydration. Moisturizers should always be applied whether you have oily or dry skin. Dermalogica’s Oil Control Lotion, Active Moist and Skin Smoothing Cream all have different levels of moisture to address the current skin condition. It is very important to use an eye cream since this is where you will see the first sign of fine lines developing. Be careful not to put it too close to the edge of the eyelid, since this will cause irritation and puffiness. Next, I always tell my clients that UVA and UVB protection is [...]