As we age, our skin naturally changes, often in unexpected ways. Thankfully, beauty standards are evolving. After all, no one should be expected to look like a 20-year-old forever. We are gaining a better appreciation for natural beauty of any age.
However, aging skin often has the unwanted effect of making us look tired, sad, or unhealthy. Over time, the skin also becomes looser and less even in tone.
Adapting our self-care habits to meet the changing needs of aging skin can help us look and feel beautiful, no matter our age. Here’s some of the best ways to take care of mature skin.
Aging Skin Problem: Deep Lines and Creases
Best Treatment: Dermatologist-Administered Injections
Deep lines in the forehead and around the mouth are caused by repeated muscle movements when we form facial expressions. The forehead shows lines early in life because the layer of volumizing fat on the forehead is very thin, so there is little protection from muscle contractions. The forehead also receives a lot of sun exposure in our lifetime.
Expression lines appear due to the muscles deep beneath the skin. This means that topical treatments and serums are less effective to lessen them.
The best solution is to visit a dermatologist and discuss options for injectables. Anti-aging treatments (like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane) have different outcomes and effects. It’s best to look at all your options and determine which is the best for you.
Best At-Home Solution
If you aren’t ready for injectables and want to try something at home instead, an excellent option is the RoC Retinol Correxion Night Cream. While retinol usually treats only the surface, this night cream has been clinically proven to reduce the visibility of fine lines and deep wrinkles. It takes up to 12 weeks to work, but it’s affordable, effective, and can be used at home, thus gradually reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles.
Aging Skin Problem: Loss of Firmness and Volume
Best Treatment: Collagen Boosters
Over time, our skin naturally loses collagen – the protein responsible for the structures in our skin tissue. When these structures break down, our natural repair systems slow and become less effective. Skin cell structures also weaken, making them less plump and firm.
Because collagen is a protein manufactured by the body, simply applying collagen to the surface of the skin isn’t very effective. You need a collagen booster with amino acids that help collagen penetrate the skin. This booster carries collagen down into the dermis where it can help improve skin volume and firmness.
The Mintpear Collagen Serum has amino acids and tripeptides. It has been clinically proven to improve skin’s volume and elasticity. Not to mention this serum is also vegan and cruelty-free, with no toxic ingredients.
Because collagen is produced by the body, it’s also important to eat food that boost collagen from the inside out. Kiwi fruits, berries, almonds, and avocados are delicious and excellent collagen-boosting.
Keep those smoothies coming!
Aging Skin Problem: Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Best Treatment: Alpha Hydroxy Acids
We are increasingly discovering the benefits of naturally-occurring acids to improve the surface and texture of skin. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and hyaluronic acid are all forms of alpha hydroxy acids. They all work in slightly different ways to help the skin renew itself. These acids shed old dead skin cells and make new, plump, healthy ones. As a result, they dramatically reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The most effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles is a professionally-administered glycolic acid chemical peel. Medical professionals have access to these acids in stronger concentrations than over-the-counter products and know how to administer them safely without damaging your skin. Glycolic acid is typically preferred (although your dermatologist may recommend others, depending on your specific skin needs), because it has the smallest chemical structure. It’s the best at penetrating skin and exfoliating more deeply.
Best At-Home Solution
You can get some glycolic acid peels if you want to try them at home. They come in safer concentrations than professional products.
A great option is the ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Peel, which is carefully controlled for freshness, strength, and quality.
It is important to always follow the instructions carefully and do a patch test (particularly if you have sensitive skin).
Aging Skin Problem: Dark Spots and Uneven Coloring
Best Treatment: Anti-Oxidants
Dark spots and uneven tone appear due to progressive skin damage over time. This is often due to sun exposure or acne scars, but the skin can also become damaged from something called “oxidation.”
Anti-oxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin A help to heal damaged skin. They scavenge free radicals to prevent further oxidative damage. Anti-oxidants help the skin look brighter, more even in tone and color, and more youthful.
A great option for an antioxidant serum is the PureBiology Dark Spot Corrector. It has vitamin C, vitamin E, and aloe, which combines lightening, evening, and healing that restores skin’s brightness and tone.
Oxidative stress and free radical damage occur throughout the body. Protect your entire well-being with a diet rich in antioxidant foods.
Eat superfoods like grapes, blueberries, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes to heal and protect your skin from the inside out.
Inside and Out
The most important beauty treatment at any age is to take care of yourself inside and out.
Proper hydration, good sleep, stress management, and a healthy amount of exercise always help to look and feel your best. Good habits can preserve youth and vitality for decades to come.
Above all, it’s no secret that an effective way to look young is to feel young.
Don’t forget that caring for yourself is the best beauty treatment of all!
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