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, [...]

Skin Exfoliation Part 3: Choosing An Exfoliant

What's The Right Exfoliant For You When choosing an exfoliant it is important to assess the purpose of the treatment. As stated earlier, exfoliation is a wonderful treatment to deal with acne.  In addition, it is also a terrific treatment to deal with the aging process. When dealing with mild breakouts, commedones and oily skin, salicylic acid is always a great choice. It exfoliates from the outside in and results in a thinning of the Stratum Corneum - which in turn leads to stimulating cell renewal. This allows for easier extraction and removal of impurities in the skin. It is not as effective of a treatment for hyper pigmentation, and does not hydrate the skin like lactic acid. Lactic acid not only removes the dull surface skin, but also brightens the skin, helping to reverse the signs of damage from the environment. It is very receptive to active ingredients which are meant to fortify the skin’s moisture barrier function. It is used to also stimulate collagen synthesis, the replenishing of collagen in our bodies which repairs and replaces damaged collagen tissues. Studies have shown that the application of both Salicylic and Lactic Acid are more effective in stimulating cell turnover than the use of Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid has also proven to be slightly more irritating with a lesser result. Enzymes Enzymes have been used for years both naturally (Papaya) and in skin care preparations. These ingredients digest dead skin cells similar to having a “Pac Man” effect. Physical forms of exfoliation like “sea salt scrubs” and “nut shell scrubs”, in various forms, have been on the market for years.  They are applied to the skin by hand with a rotating motion to whisk away dead [...]