By: Dr. Masoud Abdar
The normal changes of aging are inevitable. But with the right replenishment of daily routines, skin rejuvenation products, and facial treatments that don’t involve surgery, you have options when approaching 50 or older, to enhance and maintain your natural glow. Time in the sun, smoking, diet, and heredity all have effects that become evident on your skin as you get older. Stress, gravity, and obesity also affect the way skin looks. And as you age, your skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to. So it gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness.
Useful Skin Tips:
- If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin.
- Just say no to sunbathing and tanning salons. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sun’s rays are the strongest then. If you must be outside, wear a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sunglasses. Freckles, age spots, and blotchy complexions are linked to sun exposure.
- Wear sunscreen religiously. Use products with zinc oxide and a SPF 30 or higher -with both UVB and UVA protection every day. Sun damage can result in such changes as fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.
- Check your skin often for skin cancer. If there are changes that worry you, call your doctor right away. Older, fair-skinned people are at high risk and must have a yearly check.
- Soothe dry skin. Use a humidifier. Also use moisturizing soaps and lotions. See your doctor if you still have problems.
- Eat right and hydrate. Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out.
- Try anti-aging products. If you’re over age 50, over-the-counter creams and lotions can help enhance your natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin. Pentapeptides (a chemical compound in many new products) may help prompt skin cells to produce more collagen, which is the support structure that gives skin a firmer look. Prescription treatments and retinoid creams are also options.
- Injections of Botox or Dysport can ease wrinkles in the upper third of your face.
- Chemical peels can remove fine lines and smoothen skin, especially around the eyes and mouth.
- Dermal fillers can plump up your skin and erase lines.
- Microdermabrasion erases ultrafine lines, rejuvenates your complexion, and improves skin tone and color.
- Laser resurfacing can improve sun-damaged skin, scars, wrinkles, and other facial problems.
- During menopause, lower estrogen levels impact your skin. This makes your skin thin, sag and wrinkle at an alarming rate. Take action by taking care of your specific skin needs such as daily cleansing followed by a strict moisturizing routine.
- As you age, your body stops making as much collagen. Your skin’s elasticity and the fat under your skin, diminish. Group that with dryness caused by hormone level changes, and you have fine lines and wrinkle formation. Use products that slow the rate of loss of collagen and promote a reformation of collagen under your skin.
- Not to mention, eating foods high in antioxidants help plump your skin back up and give you a natural tightened look. Bright colored fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants and aid in restoring your skin’s collagen back.
- Don’t have soy in your diet? Start now. It has isoflavones, a compound that acts like estrogen and helps in age related skin-thinning changes.
- Try yoga, meditation, and other stress reduction methods to help you and your skin relax. Hang out with people younger than you and grandchildren. They often remind you to take life easy and laugh more often.
- You guessed it: exercise! Not only does it tone your muscles back up, but it gets rid of toxic stress and boosts blood circulation, causing more collagen production and oxygen flow to your skin (and everywhere else).
Lastly, get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, uninterrupted. Not only does it prevent formation of dark under eye circles, but it gives you a more firm, youthful, fuller appearance because your body is more replenished. Lack of good sleep fluctuates your hormones and messes with your metabolism and waist line too, you know.