Keeping our skin looking and feeling young as we age can be a lot of work. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do for your skin without sacrificing its natural beauty.
As our skin ages, it loses a lot of what helps it stay plump, smooth, and free of other signs of aging. Wrinkles and fine lines crop up because our skin loses its elasticity and water-retaining capabilities. It doesn’t happen all at once, but as the cells break down and repair themselves over the course of decades, they lose some capability. The substances associated most with preventing aging are elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. Elastin lets your skin be more pliable and elastic. Collagen supports the structure of skin, providing it with its fullness. Hyaluronic acid is capable of retaining a great deal of moisture, making it very useful in keeping skin hydrated. While there are many other factors in maintaining your skin’s health, these three substances are most notably impacted by aging. So how can you age gracefully but keep your skin youthful, without looking plastic? Here is some of our best advice.
Without a doubt, frequently sun damaged skin ages quicker than well-protected skin. Ultraviolet light from the sun can cause cellular damage to your skin, damaging the DNA of the skin cells themselves. Whether you are tanning at a spa, lying at the beach, or spending too much time outside without properly protected skin, you’re contributing to aging. Protecting your skin isn’t difficult. Simply use a daily sunscreen on any skin that will be exposed to sunlight. This should be done all year round, as sun damage is still very possible during the fall and winter. Daily sunscreens should be 30 SPF or higher, and you should reapply them every two hours of sunlight exposure. This is especially important in the summer when you’re sweating, hopping in the pool, etc. Besides contributing to age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines, sun damage can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer can be deadly, but it’s highly treatable when detected early. Treatment for skin cancer often calls for excisions, which leave behind unsightly scars. Protecting your skin from sun damage is not only good for your skin in terms of aging, it’s good for your overall health.
Your beauty routine at home should be focused on anti-aging more and more as the years go by. There are a variety of anti-aging products out there, so finding the one that works best for you can be a challenge at first. It’s a lot of trial and error sometimes. A good anti-aging skincare routine never loses focus on moisturizer. That’s the first and best thing you can do for your skin when it comes to an at-home beauty routine. Next, look for serums and other products that can give your skin the boost it needs. Remember collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid? Each of these is often included in anti-aging beauty products in order to provide skin with the levels of each that it’s missing. Retinoids, or topical vitamin A products, are also very useful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin A does two main things for your skin: it helps remove the top layer of skin and encourages the production of collagen. The more anti-aging benefits you can fit into your beauty routine, the better.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “looking plastic,” it essentially refers to how some cosmetic anti-aging procedures can produce unnatural-looking results. It’s a concern that many face, balancing anti-aging cosmetic treatments with holding onto who you are and how you look. Seeing dramatic celebrity transformations can be strange to some and may put you off anti-aging dermatological solutions. But rest assured, there are a variety of anti-aging treatments that can produce results without giving you a look you don’t want. Your dermatologist can review these anti-aging treatments with you at length. They range from chemical peels and microdermabrasion to laser therapy and dermal fillers. What’s best for you depends on your needs and wants, but it’s always best to start small on your path toward younger-looking skin.
Ready to learn more about what you can do at home and what your dermatologist can do for you in the office? Schedule an anti-aging consultation with Pacific Dermatology Specialists today.