The ProblemsFirst, let’s take a look at how the aging process affects our skin, and then hear from the experts about how to combat those effects.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Sun exposure, overly abrasive products, smoking, poor nutrition, and other unhealthy lifestyle choices can also damage skin. Add to that the skin’s own aging process: “The cell renewal process slows down. Fibroblast cells, which are the things that generate collagen and elastin, decrease their production,” says Robin Carter, licensed esthetician and manager of esthetics at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc., located in Deerfield, New Hampshire. “Also, the skin naturally loses moisture as we age, so it has a tendency to wrinkle more easily the older we get.”
Skin Discoloration/Age Spots
Sun exposure can lead to things worse than blotchy skin, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.” Be sure to visit your doctor if you see a spot on your skin that has irregular size, shape, or coloring, or if there are significant changes to already existing spots.
The SolutionsThough time will continue marching on, there are ways to help ourselves age gracefully.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Aging is inevitable. But partnering with an esthetician and staying educated, you are better equipped to make the processes as painless as possible.