Be it wrinkles, dark spots or loss of firmness, our skin can show signs of aging in a variety of ways. While a lifetime of sun exposure causes up to 80 percent of the changes in our skin, lifestyle factors and genetics play a role, too. Thankfully you can help slow down and repair skin damage with smart skin care choices (and lots of sunscreen!) that target your specific issues. We checked in with Esthetician Deena Kaplan at our Greenwood Village, Colo. location to learn about her skin-saving favorites.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Why? Years of repeated facial expressions like smiling or squinting, plus collagen loss due to UV exposure, makes skin less flexible, which allows lines and wrinkles to develop.
Fix: Gentle exfoliants used once or twice a week are good at stimulating new cellular growth and removing dead skin cells that prevent skin treatments from penetrating the skin, Deena tells us. Retinols or vitamin A products help resurface our skin and should be used 1-3 times a week, only at night. Note that sensitive skin might experience some redness or dryness with retinols, so start slowly and build up to a few times a week.
What to try
For sensitive skin: Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask or Avene PhysioLift Night Smoothing Balm is a night cream that uses a gentle form of retinalydahyde that’s great for smoothing and resurfacing sensitive skin.
Why? Skin that’s been most exposed to the sun, especially our face, shoulders and back of hands, can develop tan or dark brown spots.
Fix: Sun damage is hard to reverse, so preventing it with daily sunscreen use is important, says Deena. You can still brighten skin and lighten some spots with daily use of vitamin C serums that even out skin tone.
What to try
For normal skin: Paula’s Choice Boost C15 Super Booster. Add a few drops of this highly concentrated vitamin C to your daily moisturizer.
For sensitive skin: Sonage High Impact Vitamin C Serum, a lightweight hydrating serum that’s ideal for skin prone to redness.
For extra internal support and a good dose of antioxidants, Deena recommends Dr. Mercola Lipsomal Vitamin C. Take it once a day with a fatty food like avocado for better absorption.
Why? As we age, our skin is less able to “bounce back” due to a decrease in collagen and elastin, which are crucial to keeping skin firm and flexible. This sagging and droopiness is due to hormonal changes, loss of muscle tone and even gravity.
Fix: Stimulating skin-supporting muscles can ease sagging, along with creams and serums that boost collagen production.
What to try
Lift sagging skin at home with the NuFace Mini microcurrent hand-held device. FDA-approved, this tool uses low-level electric currents to improve facial contours and reduce wrinkles. Just 5 minutes a day is all you need to see a noticeable improvement, Deena tells us.
If you prefer a topical solution, try LIFTLAB’s Lift + Perfect Total Rejuvenation cream, a multi-purpose cream that treats aging within the skin as well as on the surface. It lessens deep wrinkles, lightens dark spots, brightens skin tone, hydrates and refines texture.
Fragile and Transparent Skin
Why? Our skin becomes thinner and more transparent as we age due to thinning of the supporting dermis layer, made up of collagen and elastin, and thinning of the outer epidermis due to UV sun exposure. Our blood vessel walls become thinner too, making us bruise easier.
Fix: Daily use of at least 30 SPF sunscreen, especially on your face and hands, will help keep crepiness and sun damage at bay. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid plump up skin, too.
What to try
Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call Overnight Regenerative Facial Treatment combines ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid and avocado oil with skin-plumping DMAE. For hands, try Sanitas Skincare Hand Therapy, a non-greasy cream that lightens sun damage, moisturizes and supports collagen-depleted skin with an amino acid complex.
Under-Eye Bags and Puffiness
Why? The tissue around our eyes and some of the muscles supporting our eyelids weaken as we age. The normal fat that helps support the eyes can move into the lower eyelids, making our lids puffy. In addition, the space below our eyes can accumulate fluid, making the under-eye area appear puffy or swollen.
Fix: Ingredients like caffeine and chlorogenic acid from green coffee beans can increase blood flow to the eye area, helping tighten skin and reduce inflammation.
What to try
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream really de-puffs eyes and brightens under-eye circles, Deena says. Sanitas PeptiDerm Eye Treatment is another customer favorite for reducing wrinkles around the eye.