Every decade of enjoying life brings changes in our skin. As early as our 30s, our collagen and elastin production begins to slow. These are the substances that keep our skin supple, smooth, and supported. In our 40s, we begin to see wrinkles and perhaps brown spots from past sun damage.
Then our 50s arrive with a shift in our hormone levels. We may notice drier, thinning skin with a crepe-like appearance. Our face and neck may begin to sag, the jawline softens, and jowls may form. Oh, joy!
These are due to hormonal changes, loss of volume (fat) in our face, and the ever-increasing decline of collagen and elastin.
Don’t despair; there are ways to slow and even reverse some of these signs of aging. A healthy lifestyle and a comprehensive skincare regimen will take you a long way in looking refreshed and vibrant. The better shape your skin is in when you approach menopause and following it, the better your skin will manage the tides of aging.
Let’s break down the elements of a healthy skin care regimen.
Although most of our sun damage occurred before our 20s, it is still important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater every day. Don’t forget to apply to your hands as well, as brown spots are a sure telltale sign of aging.
Get rid of dull skin by exfoliating at least once weekly to help slough dead skin cells. Our cell turnover slows as we age, so this is a great way to help skin look more vibrant and even-toned. It also helps your skincare products absorb more effectively into your skin.
One of our favorite exfoliating products is the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish. It promotes excellent skin texture and exfoliation while protecting key ingredients of vitamins A, C, C-ester, and E.
Avoid sugar and eat antioxidant-rich foods to boost collagen from the inside out. Include brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, leafy greens, blueberries, and other fruits.
After menopause, your skin gets drier because oil glands aren’t as active. Switch your moisturizer to one that provides more hydration. Skip long, hot showers. Drink plenty of water. Not only is it good for your skin, but it’s also good for your entire body. Be sure to apply your moisturizer following your shower or bath while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture.
Getting the proper amount of sleep helps your skin look fresh by allowing it to repair and recharge itself during the night. Sleep can also help prevent dark circles under your eyes. Lack of sleep can change your hormone levels and metabolism in many of the same ways that aging does. So try to get a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
In addition to building healthy bone mass and relieving stress, exercise will boost your circulation. The extra oxygen and blood flow can make your skin look healthier and brighter.
The quality of your products at this age is very important. You want to put products on your face that will be effective. Medical-grade skin care products contain the appropriate amounts of active ingredients capable of making a measurable change in your skin. Department or retail store products may contain an active ingredient, but often it is not at a level high enough to be effective. Key ingredients you want to look for include retinoids, growth factors, pigment regulators, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants (including vitamin C), peptides, and ceramides.
We offer ZO Skin Health medical-grade skin care products containing the appropriate amounts of key ingredients that make a true difference in the appearance of your skin. This line of products was developed by Zen Obagi, a world-renowned skincare expert.
In addition to what we eat, how we treat our body, and an effective at-home skincare regimen, we can also delay and even reverse some signs of aging with aesthetic treatments.
In-office aesthetic treatments are a great way to minimize and even correct signs of aging. Through the use of noninvasive energy-based treatments, you can diminish fine lines and reduce sagging skin. These treatments use a variety of technologies to stimulate collagen and elastin production for younger-looking skin.
Some of our client favorites are Venus Viva for skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. Venus Viva uses fractional radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen and elastin for smoother, tighter skin. It provides great results of fractional CO2 treatments but without downtime.
Microneedling is another excellent way to stimulate collagen and elastin with no downtime. Using a handheld device, tiny pins make micro punctures in the skin. The body’s response is to produce collagen to heal the tiny wounds. Microneedling is a client favorite for the results and the glow it provides.
To learn more about Venus Viva, microneedling, and other collagen-boosting treatments, visit: https://elitemedispabend.com/services/skin-rejuvenation/
Dermal fillers and Botox can also improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss in our face.
Aging is not an option, but looking aged is. Call us to set up a consultation to discuss treatment options that will diminish signs of aging and keep you looking vibrant and refreshed.