As we age our skin loses its natural moisture and elasticity, resulting in dry or damaged skin. Fortunately we live in an age of incredible advancements in beauty and wellness, and restoring your skin’s youthful glow is easier than ever. With the right precautions, a few lifestyle tweaks, and beneficial treatments, you can undo years of damage.
There are two aging processes that affect the skin: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is the natural process of collagen and elastin production slowing down in one’s late 20’s, resulting in a gradual decrease in cellular regeneration. These changes are perfectly normal, and while there isn’t much we can do to control them, it’s the extrinsic factors that cause the long term damage. These include sun exposure, smoking, repeated facial expressions, alcohol consumption, stress, and poor diet.
Applying sunscreen before venturing outdoors is the quickest way to eliminate harmful UV rays. (Be sure to select an SPF of 30 or higher.) Abstaining from or quitting smoking is also a crucial step to repairing the skin and preventing further damage, as chemicals inhaled into the bloodstream constrict blood vessels, preventing oxygen and vital nutrient absorption.
Diets lacking in fruit and vegetable based vitamins and antioxidants, with high sugar and caffeine intake, have been shown to age the skin prematurely, the latter due to a process called glycation. Omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish such as tuna and salmon and widely available in supplements, further provide powerful anti-inflammatory protection for the skin and overall body.
As we age our skin requires frequent replenishing, both internal and external. Keeping your body hydrated is essential to healthy skin, the recommended eight 8oz glasses of water a day is a good place to start. Washing your face and applying an appropriate moisturizer before going to bed also ensures your skin valuable repair time while you sleep.
Even after taking all the above precautions it may be necessary to give your skin a little boost from time to time with various treatments targeted towards specific skincare concerns. Regular professional facials provide deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, and rehydration, with a skilled specialist able to determine the right products and procedures for your skin type.
Chemical peels, ranging in strength from superficial to medium to deep, are designed to peel away damaged layers of skin caused by wrinkles, sun damage, scarring, or discoloration. Performed by a trained esthetician, chemical peels are a powerful method of reversing both intrinsic and extrinsic damage to the skin.
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