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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 [...]