6 Steps to Care for Aging Skin

Caring for Aging Skin
Caring for Aging Skin

Could my face be any tighter from dryness?  One day I realized that my skin was dry all the time now.  That day I looked into what I could do to manage this problem without breaking the piggy bank.  Here is my new facial regime – and it’s working!!

6 FAIRLY SIMPLE STEPS

  1. Sunscreen.  You must wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin from wrinkles and age spots, paying particular attention to your face, hands, and décolleté.  Available everywhere; purchase a foundation or face lotion that blocks UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 – more is better here.  Remember – the sun’s rays do more damage to our skin than any other force.  Aging caused by a lifetime of unprotected sun exposure is called ‘photo-aging’ and the best defense is avoidance.  Can’t manage it? Next best option – wear a sunscreen!
  2. Sun-worshipper? To maintain a creamy complexion, you must limit your sun exposure and wear a long-sleeved shirt and wide-brimmed hat when you know you’ll be in the sun. Sun gloves or driving sleeves are available while driving to protect hands and arms.
  3. Moisturizer. Did you know that dry skin does not cause additional wrinkles but wrinkles look worse when your skin is dry.  Applying a topical moisturizer is important but it is just as important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated.  Try getting a professional hydrating facial from a licensed aesthetician 3/4 times a year to restore homeostasis and moisture to your skin. Additional benefits are relaxation and the removal of toxins from your system.
  4. Humidifier. Any humidifier, regardless of model, will add moisture to overly dry air caused by air conditioning or heating.  This added moisture will help keep your skin looking better and help to prevent wrinkles.
  5. Age spots?  You can purchase alpha-hydroxy cleansers and lotions just about everywhere.  Apply these to areas of your skin that have age spots.  Fading will occur.
  6. Red areas? When you apply a fade cream like Esoterica or Ambi to the skin at night, it helps to restore skin to a uniform color. Prescription medications like Retin-A works like a fade cream on age spots and reddened areas.

If you continue to have age spots or wrinkles that concern you, talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to investigate other options for treatment. There are both invasive and non-invasive options available to you.

Here is a video on the topic of caring for skin I enjoyed as well: