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 Perfect Skin

In 8 Steps Learn How To Get Perfect Skin The secret to younger looking skin How many women do you know who look years older than their actual age? Regardless of whether they spent too much time in the sun, smoked heavily, didn’t exfoliate or take proper care of their skin, the result is the same. Their skin is dry and wrinkled long before it should be. Is it possible to keep your skin looking young?  Of course it is.  The secret to younger looking skin is really no secret at all.  Here are 8 steps on how to get perfect skin that I give to my clients in the salon to help them look younger. Drink plenty of water. Doctors recommend everyone drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. It really does help your skin stay young. Avoid overexposure to the sun.   If you must be out in the sun, be sure to wear sun protection or put on a sun block. Be sure you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.  There are water block sprays available as well.  Always remember to re-apply if you get wet or if you sweat. Do not smoke. It isn't good for your lungs and it isn't good for your skin. In fact, people who smoke are more likely to get several different cancers than people who don't smoke, including lung and oral cancer. Use moisturizers and emollients to keep your skin moist. When applying a moisturizer it is best to apply it while your skin is damp. Be gentle with your skin. Use lukewarm water to wash your face, and do not rub hard. Also be gentle when applying make-up. [...]