SOME GOOD BASIC SKIN CARE TO KNOW: YES, THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO SAVE YOUR SKIN #Skincare #Beauty #AntiAging

 SOME GOOD BASIC SKIN CARE TO KNOW: YES, THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO SAVE YOUR SKIN


Okay, so now you have hit 30-40. Suddenly your body decides that it is going to play tricks on you and do things like break down more often. And you notice that your skin just isn’t the same as it used to be. Sun damage starts to show: brown spots, freckles and moles. You might notice that a little bit of elasticity is gone, when you pull on the skin it takes longer to bounce back. And acne? Oh yes it is still there. Usually it is just hormonal acne that is on the chin or cheeks, but sometimes it is that awful cystic acne that leaves large lumps under the skin. And acne scars do not heal well at this age.

  • The best thing at age 30-40 is exfoliation, anti-oxidants and yes, sunblock. Exfoliation, best in chemical form, helps to rid the skin of its dead cells and allows them to get out of the pores. This helps eliminate acne and gives an all around glow to the skin. Chemical exfoliation is the kind where one uses peels or AHAs. Physical exfoliation is the use of scrubs or microdermabrasion. I like microdermabrasion. It really scrapes away a few layers at once, smoothing the skin and giving it a super glow. But it is expensive. There are lasers too. If you are interested in peels vs. lasers, I have covered this in another blog post (https://bit.ly/3oI1fnB ) I also love Retinol, which is a Vitamin A derivative. It's an exfoliant but is much gentler. Retin-A, another form of Vitamin A, is used for minor wrinkles and acne. I would advise you to have Retinol in your skincare arsenal and use it every night. It will do wonders for your skin. You can use Adapalene gel (Differin) which helps to fight acne and is a form of retinol, by fighting off two things at once. 
  • Anti-oxidants, like Vitamin C, are great to prevent free radical damage to the skin. This is essentially the molecules in the body breaking up because they don’t have the right bonds to prevent stability of the molecule. Various anti-oxidants can be taken internally or used externally to help this, especially for the skin. Vitamin C is one. Pomegranates have a lot of anti-oxidants. Generally it is known that fruits and vegetables that are darker have the most anti-oxidants. I love Vitamin C for the skin, it gives a nice glow and is relatively inexpensive. THe Ordinary has a nice Vitamin C line and it is inexpensive.
  • Another thing I recommend it a humectant and barrier cream to preserve moisture. You can use hyaluronic acid (HA) or glycerin. Glycerin works better than HA and actually penetrates deeper into the skin than HA but hyaluronic acid is more plentiful in serums. So get a HA serum (again, The Ordinary has a good one. And find a cream with glycerin as the 2nd ingredient). Then, you want a cream that helps to preserve the natural moisture barrier. Don't over exfoliate and dehydrate your skin. Take care of it. If it is oily, get a gel-cream. Normal you can vary depending on the season. Dry skins need a heavy cream. 
As one ages into the 50’s, 60’s and on, collagen and elastin start to disappear and lines and wrinkles start to form. In the beginning the lines are very minimal, starting at the eyes, in between the brows and lips. Then they delve somewhat deeper, in what are called marionette lines that are the indentations of the lines going from the lips and you have the nasolabial fold lines from the nose to the lips.  Unfortunately elastin cannot be replaced, it doesn’t grow back. That is the start of saggy skin. Smoking increases the sagginess and deprives the skin of oxygen. Collagen can grow back but only by the use of extreme peels and lasers.
  • To increase collagen growth, peels that are in use by dermatologists are great for this. They take away the top and medium skin layers, forcing the skin to regrow them. One name of this type of peel is the Obaji. Peels are very good for fine lines too.
  • I am sorry to say this, but the best way to help get rid of sagginess is: plastic surgery. One can use Botox injections for minor wrinkles, lasers or mini facelifts in the beginning, and once one has reached a certain age and the sagginess doesn’t respond to these treatments, more radical surgeries are called for (total facelift, browlift, etc.). I agree. I think I will stick with peels as long as I can!
So, the best way to keep your skin in shape is: daily use of sunblock, no smoking, use moisturizers with antioxidants, use peels or exfoliants if needed. Also, if you see moles that look funny, see a dermatologist immediately please. Or any bump. Skin cancer is on the rise. I have had two skin cancer lesions (basal cell carcinoma) removed from my body already!

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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