Keeping our age a mystery is both exciting and rewarding—unless we look older than we actually are. If this happens to be the case, don’t fret! Avoiding and even reducing the signs of skin damage is possible, no matter your current stage in life.
Medical professionals at the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota share the secrets behind glowing, healthy skin. They break down the changes our skin endures throughout the years beginning with youngsters (who take their baby soft skin for granted) to those who are entering their golden years. As the years pass, our skin’s collagen and elastin begin to degrade, making way for sun damage and expression lines.
While it’s important to try to embrace our flaws and imperfections, protecting our skin from additional damage is imperative as well. Exfoliating, microdermabrasion, antioxidant creams and sunscreen are critical ways of taking care of our skin and minimizing aging. Before exploring costlier and more extreme options such as surgery, review the info below and read the full article here to learn alternate methods for creating a more confident, radiant you.
This is a time of subtle changes. In your 20s, expression lines may begin to show as your skin’s collagen and elastin start to break down. Key tools include antioxidant creams, scrubs, microdermabrasion, antioxidant or glycolic peels, and daily sunscreen, even if you’re not sunbathing.
Though your skin may still be light and luminous, fine lines may be evident around your eyes and forehead. The best thing you can do for your skin is to moisturize with a broad-spectrum sun protectant factor (SPF) of at least 30.
This is the decade when skin begins to show signs of sun damage and aging, especially if you were exposed to unprotected UV radiation when you were younger. Using products with retinol as a key ingredient is crucial to help reduce fine lines and improve your skin’s texture. Other treatments to consider include photofacials (also called IPL or intense light therapy) and fractional laser treatments.
When you hit your 50s, the changes in your skin may be more dramatic. Muscles, fat, collagen, and bone tissue start to shrink, making wrinkles more noticeable. If you smoked or have excessive sun damage, wrinkling can be even more prominent. To help with wrinkling and signs of aging, continue to use retinol products, as in your 40s. Over-the-counter serums and moisturizers that contain peptides can give your skin a fuller look when used daily.
Your 60s and Beyond
Once you reach your golden years, your skin may look duller because deadskin won’t shed as quickly as it did when you were younger, making exfoliation important. You can help reverse signs of photo aging by choosing a product that not only protects against sun exposure, but also repairs the skin. To give your face a long-lasting, fuller look, injectable collagen stimulants are an option.
The bottom line: Have faith in your skin! There are ways to repair—and in some cases even reverse—certain traces of damage.