When we reach our 20s, our skin begins to age. As it is our largest organ, we want to keep it as healthy and happy in the process as we can. Aging skin is due to a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic cause. Genetics plays an important role in the skin’s behavior, however it is estimated that about 85% of visible aging skin is caused from extrinsic effects.

Intrinsic aging is about ones genetic makeup, or that which was inherited by our parents. Some inherited conditions may include; skin color, skin cancer, rosaceous, acne, eczema or psoriasis just to name a few.

Extrinsic aging is due to lifestyle choices such as; cumulative sun exposure, skin care regiment, poor diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise or smoking. Some medications will even affect the skin’s health making it more dry or sensitive to touch and sun exposure.

To manage aging skin one has many options. Most important is what one does at home on a daily basis.

Daily: AM  – cleanse, tone, moisturize and sun protection.
PM  – cleanse, tone, and moisturize

I recommend exfoliating and masking at least once at week.

Some ingredients to seek in products to promote nourishment and healthy cell regeneration would include;

  • Vitamin C ~ antioxidant
  • Retinoids or Vitamin A ~ cell turnover, collagen stimulation
  • Hylauronic acid ~ moisturizing
  • Seaweed extract ~ nourishment
  • Zinc or titanium dioxide ~ sun protection

There are various treatments available to help manage the aging skin process or promote healthier skin. I recommend a regular routine of committing to a monthly facial treatment allowing your skin care specialist to assist in your maintenance program. Other treatments one may give consideration to may include; microdermabrasion, chemical peels, photo-rejuvenation, various laser treatments, neurotoxins and fillers.

As always, sun protection is your best friend for preventing the aging process.

Happy and Healthy Skin!  😎