As you age, the fat tissues that give the skin its youthful and smooth appearance start depleting. The aging skin is thinner, dry, discolored and wrinkled. Moreover, poor skin care and prolonged sun tanning aggravate the problems of the aging skin. Skin aging can neither be prevented nor reversed.
Aging Skin Treatment
Treatment for Skin Dryness
With age, the skin starts losing its natural moisture. Skin dryness is a common sign of skin aging. Hydrating the skin with appropriate moisturizer keeps the skin smooth and supple. Moisturizing the skin also reduces itching, which is a common problem in older adults suffering from diabetes. While washing the face or taking bath use mild soaps, preferably creamy cleansing products. Avoid using hot water, as it increases skin dryness.
Use Antioxidant Skin Products
Heightened activities of free radicals accelerate skin aging. The skin tissues damaged by free radicals make the skin dry, dull and dark. By suppressing the destructive activities of free radicals, antioxidants improve the health of the aging skin. Topical application of antioxidant substances help to repair the damaged cells, facilitating cell regeneration. Antioxidant ingredients are present in a wide range of anti-aging skin care products. While selecting moisturizers, cleansers and masks focus on products with antioxidant components.
Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, can erase wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-aging skin care products containing retinol is recommended for stimulating collagen synthesis. By supporting regeneration and growth of skin cells, retinol helps to fade skin pigmentation. However, retinol products may make the skin flaky and dry. Skin dryness following retinol use can be prevented by using a suitable moisturizer with sunscreen daily.
Anti-aging products contain alpha-lipoic acid reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This antioxidant substance penetrates into the deep layers of the skin, leading to significant improvement in the health of the skin.
Skin care products containing vitamin C is beneficial for the aging skin. Vitamin C stimulates elastin and collagen production, thereby improving the elasticity of the skin and erasing fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation. Products that combine vitamin C with hyaluronic acid are more effective in treating skin aging. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and connective tissues. However, synthesis of hyaluronic acid declines with age. Topical application of hyaluronic acid helps to replenish the depleted reserve of this essential chemical in the skin.
Removal of the dead and worn out skin cells with a suitable exfoliating product exposes the younger and healthy skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids based skin products can be used for exfoliation. Anti-aging products containing 5 to 10 percent alpha hydroxy acids can be used every alternate day. Skin peels containing higher concentration of alpha hydroxy acid is usually applied by dermatologists or estheticians for erasing fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars and age spots. These skin peels tend to dry and irritate the skin. The adverse side effects of exfoliation can be avoided by wearing moisturizer with sunscreen daily.