Your skin is continuously changing, but after you hit your 50’s and 60’s, you may notice that your skin seems drier, thinner, and more crepey. It sags and loses suppleness. You may also develop age spots, and your skin may look blotchier, especially around the face and on your hands. While everyone’s skin ages as they get older, it ages faster in women after menopause. The skin’s delicate balance is disrupted by the decline of certain hormones, which is why the signs of aging are more visible in women around 60 years of age. The deterioration of two of the skin’s essential properties are also responsible for these signs of aging:
Loss of elasticity. Elastin fibers maintain the elasticity of the skin tissue. As you get older, though, these fibers weaken, causing the skin to become less supple.
Loss of firmness. The amount of collagen fibers in the skin decreases over time, which means sagging skin.
These transformations to your skin are inevitable. It’s not only age, but other factors such as pollution, diet, sun exposure, climate, stress, etc., may all play a part. With all these changes, the skin’s ability to hold onto moisture decreases. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to improve how your skin looks.
Bathing: If you’re used to long immersions in hot water, say hello to wrinkles and fine lines. One thing you should do right away is to change the temperature of the water. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, which will increase skin dryness. Use lukewarm water, and don’t spend too much time in the water. You’ll help your skin and save water at the same time. Use a soft cloth to wash your skin instead of a bath brush. As soon as you get out of the water, pat yourself dry. Lightly. Leave some moisture residue on your body, and apply some moisturizer or baby oil right away. Apply a good quality moisturizer throughout the day to keep your skin moist and supple.
CLIMATE / HYDRATION: When you subject your skin to constant air conditioning and a heater, you run the risk of drying out your skin. Keep the humidity in your house between 45 to 65%. Use a hydrometer to measure the moisture. Help your skin by exfoliating. Around 60 years of age, it’s essential to exfoliate the skin gently to stimulate its capacity to regenerate itself. Exfoliating also helps to rid the skin of dead cells, so your complexion looks more radiant. The application of a face mask should always follow exfoliation. This will help deliver intensive, anti-aging hydration to help the skin’s density and keep your skin well balanced.
Other precautions: If you garden, wear gloves and a sun hat. Working around the house and in your garden can expose your skin to harsh chemicals, sunlight, and other elements that can irritate and dry out your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher and seek shade when possible.
Topical Applications: A good skin cream formulated for mature skin is a great idea. Choose one that contains targeted and natural ingredients like antioxidants (green tea, botanical oils, etc.) that will protect the skin against free radicals and help to slow down the effects of aging. Hyaluronic acid is a welcome addition to your anti-aging arsenal. The levels of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the body slow down as we get older. A hyaluronic solution will hydrate the skin and maintain the proper functioning of cellular cohesion for smoother, more supple skin.
SilcSkin’s medical-grade silicone pads are one of the best ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, crepey skin, and scars. The silicone pad is applied on top of clean, dry skin. Over time, the level of hydration in the skin will increase and lead to the development of collagen fibers which will help to keep those wrinkles at bay. SilcSkin has also developed a Hand & Body treatment which is a luxuriously soft cream made from 100% silicone that will help fight wrinkles and crepey skin.