Looking around seeing teens and young adults alike having to deal with excessively oily skin and outbreaks of acne you may think to yourself just how glad you are that stage is over. Although you are past the point of those practically daily breakouts, you may surprisingly experience one or two occasionally due to hormonal changes. The more you stop and notice you’ll find your skin changing with age, genetics and lifestyle choices and some may even experience disappointment seeing the aging process may have crept up quicker than they’d hope. Let’s review some specific signs that will help in determining your needs and what you should be doing to help your maturing skin.
THE EVER SO OBVIOUS DRY, FLAKY SKIN.
Simply avoiding hot showers or baths and replacing them with quick warm showers can help lock in your skin’s natural moisture. Keep your skin constantly moisturized with thick creams rather than thinner moisturizers that are filled with fragrances and alcohol that can make it even more difficult in achieving soft skin.
DULL, THICKER LOOKING SKIN.
You may have noticed your skin looking not as soft as it used to be ten years ago and seeming to appear thicker and duller. Scheduling appointments for chemical peels, microdermabrasion and facials can help with exfoliating and smoothing out the skin even more than the regular exfoliation you use at home. Using hyaluronic acids and retinol products including thick creams, and enzyme masks under your makeup daily will definitely add a boost to dull skin making it appear brighter and healthier especially during those dry winter months. Constantly drinking water and exfoliating 3 to 4 times a week will help the results greatly.
DEHYDRATED SKIN SHOWS.
When your skin is dehydrated it may be visible to those around you as your fine lines and wrinkles appear more apparent and your skin seems dull and dry. Using moisturizing products daily and eating foods that help dehydrated skin such as fatty fish, avocados, sweet potatoes and olive oil may allow your skin to become supple and refreshed. Most importantly to see the healthiest looking results, drink your water…all 64 oz. daily! And yes we say this ALL the time because it is so true in helping with the inside and out.
LOSING COLLAGEN AND ELASCITY.
One major downfall (pun intended) is the loss of collagen and elasticity which can really begin to show on your neck, cheeks and chin. Help tighten your skin by practicing facial exercise, drinking lots of water, exfoliating, and the frequent use of facial masks. Purchase Retinol products to help with the appearance of sagging skin a shot. Retinol can help promote cell turnover while possibly creating collagen making your skin appear rejuvenated, tighter, and younger. Who doesn’t want that?
ALWAYS FINDING MORE HYPERPIGMENTATION.
Even those that have protected their skin from the sun’s powerful rays the past 40 years, they still may find an age spot or skin discoloration that hadn’t been there before. If you find your skin with a suspicious spot get a professional’s opinion to make sure it is only a sign of aging and nothing more. Using retinol and vitamin c products and also scheduling your facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels routinely, and working together with your Esthetician you’ll be taking steps or a brighter, clearer complexion. Hopefully you will achieve that radiant looking skin that you’ll be proud to show off.
Those that are more likely to be prone to aging sooner than others typically have it in their genes, may be dealing with an overwhelmingly amount of stress, also extreme dieters that lose out on their needed nutrients but also find their hair is thinning as well, going outside without applying sunscreen and also those that have a history of sunburn after sunburn.
Don’t fret, there are several steps that you should follow to make sure you take care of your maturing skin…
1. WEAR YOU SUNSCREEN DAILY, NO EXCEPTIONS!
2. EXFOLIATE TO UNCOVER SOFTER, SMOOTHER LOOKING SKIN.
3. USE PRODUCTS GEARED FOR APPEARANCE OF ANTI-AGING SUCH AS RETINOLS AND CREAMS USING THEM DAILY.
4. WATER IS AMAZING FOR YOUR BODY, DETOXIFIES AND DOES A GREAT JOB IN SOFTENING YOUR SKIN…DON’T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR 8 A DAY!
5. CALL THE PROFESSIONALS. SCHEDULE FREQUENT APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR ESTHETICIAN TO ROUTINELY GET CHEMICALS, MICRODERMABRASION AND FACIALS TO REVEAL MORE VIBRANT LOOKING SKIN.
We may not be able to change our past from those of us whom have smoked throughout their twenties and thirties or even those who have had more than enough of their share of sunburns in the past, let’s make a change and take the biggest step for our skin and start a healthier lifestyle which will not only benefit your body but help rejuvenate your skin from years of damage. Quit the unhealthy habits and replace them with habits that will have you looking and feeling your best!