Tips for Anti-Aging Skin Care

As the skin ages, the collagen and elastin fibres, which give it its elasticity and tone, become fused into an inflexible mix called elastone. The skin becomes thinner too, more rapidly in women than in men (who start with thicker skins in the first place), and the subcutaneous layer of fat is reduced. With the approach of menopause, the sebaceous glands begin to shrink and produce less oil, resulting in dry skin that is prone to flaking.

If that weren’t enough, the rate of cell division and replacement falls off by 50% between the ages of 35 and 80, increasing the tendency for the old cells on the surface of the skin to cling there for a bit longer. All this leads to sagging, wrinkling, loss of skin tone and uneven pigmentation. The degree of wrinkling depends on your genetic makeup, but smoking, dry skin and sun exposure (especially sunburns) make it worse. Dynamic motion – making facial expressions – also causes permanent creases over time.

You should compensate for the slowdown in cell renewal by using an exfoliant on a weekly basis. And give your skin a moisture boost every time you cleanse it – especially around your eye area. There are many products that help increase cell renewal and elasticity. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), derived from fruit, milk and sugar cane, have anti-inflammatory properties; when applied to the skin, they help remove dead skin cells, giving you a younger appearance. Choose products with AHAs more often as your skin ages.

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