Although with age comes wisdom, so do changing skincare conditions that every adult experiences. For some, signs of aging appear slowly and subtly; for others, it seems to happen overnight. However, as time passes, aging skin loses its youthful appearance. Most people are unsure how to handle the issues with aging skin, and some common ones affect everyone.
The key is to embrace beauty at each stage of life, and even though aging skin has adults scrambling to turn back the clock, aging can be quite beautiful. It is critical to care for our skin as we age and get it the attention it needs and deserves. Professional and licensed dermatologists are a solid starting point to begin any routine to address aging skincare concerns. In some cases, managing the skincare changes may be simple and slowed down with a product. In other cases, the skincare regimen may need more significant adjustments to keep the skin looking healthy as it ages. The professionals have formal educations and years of experience that can’t be found on a bottle or a blog. Only the personal attention of a dermatologist can ensure your skin is getting exactly what it needs to counter some of the skincare concerns that come with aging.
Dull Skin Needs Refreshing
One of the first signs of aging skin is a dull appearance. It continues as we age, as the glow of our youthful skin seems to fade away before our eyes. The natural turnover of our skin cells slows down significantly and can be magnified by not using the right exfoliating and moisturizing products on our skin. Initially, many choose makeup to try to re-create the youthful glow or coloration we used to see in the mirror. The challenge with selecting a cover-up is that because the skin’s texture changes, what makeup used to work may magnify the things we are trying to cover up. Getting skin to look more youthful often starts well before good makeup.
Dry Skin Comes with Aging
As our skin ages, the body’s natural ability to produce the good oils our skin needs begins to decrease. It is this decline that results in drier skin as we get older. Dry skin, if not treated, can lead to itchy and patchy skin, redness, and scaling. Itchy skin, when agitated, can lead to discoloration and may cause significant discomfort to aging adults. Beyond the look of dry skin, the symptoms that accompany it are inconvenient and can disrupt sleep and limit people’s interest in social activities. Our appearance should not be something that keeps us from enjoying the finer things of adult life!
There are hydrating products on the market, and some serums can help. However, since over-the-counter products can have ingredients that counter the effects of the beneficial ingredients, read the label carefully before buying and trying new products on your skin. If you have sensitive skin or want a skincare professional to assess your skin type, you will be on a faster track to your best grown-up skin.
Our skin has less elasticity as we age, meaning it doesn’t bounce back like it used to. The tissue becomes more fragile and thinner. Loosening skin is a common skincare concern for older adults. The skin begins to show more wrinkles around the eyes (Crow’s feet), lips, and between the brows on the face. Dark circles under the eyes are also a result of thinning skin, revealing the blood vessels under the surface of the skin, which is why it appears darker under the eyes.
There are tightening and lightening products, as well as some cosmetic procedures, that may be considered to address these concerns. Finding the right products and adjusting skincare routines can help plump and rejuvenate the skin and slow down the skin’s aging process. Since everyone’s skin is unique, dermatology recommendations that are skin specific have shown substantial results.
The key to addressing wrinkles is to take action as early as possible. Waiting longer allows deeper lines to appear, and the work to counter the appearance becomes increasingly more challenging.
Dark Spots or Age Spots
The most common skincare concern of aging adults is the appearance of dark spots on the skin. Let’s be honest. Forty years ago, sunscreen was not necessarily at the top of the list regarding skincare. Those of us who chose not to sunscreen and maybe even spent excessive amounts of time in the sun are seeing the results on our faces, hands, arms, and legs. However, starting a better skincare routine now can help! Begin using a daily sunscreen on your skin to protect it from further damage. Many foundations and lotions have some sunscreen in them, but it is also worth considering wearing hats and other sun accessories to protect your skin. An excellent dermatology office can offer helpful guidance.
Aging is a privilege and a blessing. Instead of cringing in the mirror, embrace the beauty that comes with time. Always fight for your best version of yourself, including fantastic skin!