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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 [...]

How to Get Rid of Upper-Lip Wrinkles

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm and Dimethicone Smooths Upper-Lip Wrinkles This is a very informative article written by Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu. Upper-Lip Wrinkles are a concern for many of my clients. Dermalogica addresses this issue with two products. Multivitamin Power Firm can be applied to the upper lip and has an infusion of Vitamins A,C and E as well as dimethicone to smooth wrinkles. A new product to be launched this spring is Skin Perfect Primer. This Primer has a spf of 30 as well as anti-aging ingredients to prevent premature aging. Look for this product to launch the Spring of 2012. ... Wrinkles above your lips can look unsightly, and lipstick can migrate into them. Find out what you can do to soften upper-lip wrinkles. Article by Dr. Jessica Wu Upper-lip wrinkles are commonly called smoker's lines, even though many people who have them have never smoked. They tend to be more prominent in people who pucker their lips frequently, drink from straws, or chew gum, because these types of movements crease the skin and deepen such lines. They can also be hereditary. Here are some ways to soften them so you can wear lipstick again: Avoid gum, straws, and to-go cups, which make you pucker your lips. If you must use a straw, put it in the corner of your mouth so your lips pucker less. If your wrinkles are very fine or you’re just starting to notice them, try using a makeup primer to make them look less obvious. Primers usually contain dimethicone to smooth over and fill in skin irregularities (kind of like spackle). A model friend of mine swears by L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. I often treat [...]