Maturity is something for which all of us strive when we’re younger. Gaining maturity generally means earning freedom you did not have when you were less mature, and being aware of the responsibility that is necessary to have so as not to lose that freedom.
However, the maturity I’m talking about for this blog post has less to do with character and more to do with the signs of physical aging. So if you were expecting another sort of article (perhaps with different pictures), I’m sorry to disappoint you.
Gaining the freedom that comes with maturity can feel gratifying and liberating. On the other hand, you skin’s maturity (i.e. when skin ages, or gets older) can bring its own complications, and it is one of the downsides of getting older.
As all of you in your 50s and 60s know, your skin as you get older is not the same skin you had in your 20s and 30s. This skin not only looks different, but it also acts differently. As a result, you need to treat this skin differently.
Over the course of your lifetime, your skin experiences more and more damage. Ultraviolet light or sun damage is by far the most common and is also cumulative.
All of the sun worshiping done in your teens and 20s catches up to you as you get older. Also, one significant aspect, as aging sets in, is that the skin cannot regenerate and repair itself the way it used to.
As a result of this failure of the natural repair process, more aggressive treatments and topical agents are needed. The superficial treatments that used to make you feel and look better, such as a simple facial, do not have the same impact in your 50s and 60s.
With aging skin, you need treatments and products that will work at a deeper level down to the dermal and cellular basis of damage and regeneration. Not all products are the same when it comes to fighting aging skin.
To qualify as an “anti-aging” product, it must contain active ingredients that have a proven track record of slowing and reversing the effects of skin aging. Most of these products will contain anti-oxidants, peptides, and retinols.
The following are the most important points of influence for the treatment of mature skin:
- Smooth out lines and wrinkles to restore youthful appearance to your skin. Everybody’s skin is different in terms of the degree of lines and wrinkles. As a result, the recommendations for treatment will differ.
- If your lines are from muscle movement, especially around the eyes and forehead, Botox will be the most helpful.
- If the lines lower in the face are from loss of volume, then injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma are the best. Frequently, the combination of Botox and a filler works better than either one alone.
- If you have lines and wrinkles with other aging features such as age spots and broken blood vessels, fractionated laser treatments such as Fraxel can be the best thing for smoothing out lines, evening out skin tone, and stimulating collagen.
- For lines and wrinkles deeply etched around the mouth, microneedling and Pelleve radiofrequency treatments can smooth out those lines.
- Use skin care products that nourish and strengthen your skin. The older your skin is, the more depleted your skin is of nutrients. Depleted skin cannot protect itself as previously and will not function optimally. Unfortunately, most of the products sold over-the-counter at drug stores and cosmetic counters can be significantly diluted to keep the price low.
- The most important ingredients mentioned previously such as anti-oxidants, peptides and retinols must be in high enough concentration to help with skin repair and to stimulate collagen. All of the products I carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care and on our website were developed by a cosmetic dermatologist I know personally who uses the optimal levels and concentrations of all ingredients to nourish and firm the skin.
- Even though most of your skincare attention naturally will be on your face, don’t neglect other sensitive areas that show aging effects such as the neck, your decollete and the back of your hands. I have had so many patients who concentrated only on their facial skin care to have their neck or their hands be a dead giveaway to how old they really are. Just like the face, the neck, the chest and the hands can be treated with multiple treatment modalities depending on the degree of damage, skin loosening or textural changes.
As I frequently say to multiple people every day, nothing is going to make you look 18 again. The reality show and Hollywood types who try to do so appear freakish and unnatural.
A realistic goal is to look younger than you are, more relaxed and more well-rested. When people found out how old you really are, you want them to be amazed and say “I can’t believe you are X years old!”.
That is the true way to age gracefully. You don’t have to accept cumulative damage, especially when it can be repaired and future damage can be prevented.
If you have any questions about how I can help you achieve these very achievable goals of looking younger naturally, call Emily or Denise at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation. We can draw an individualized plan that can work best for your specific needs, timeline and budget.