Divine Gems Repolished: Aging Gracefully
Our skin‘s needs increase with age. Sometimes we even forget that our grandparents aren’t who they used to be, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get to feel good. We begin to experience ailments we could’ve never imagined as we age. Often times we don’t even know how to handle it, but that’s where I come in at. As a Licensed Esthetician with Bachelors Degrees in both Business Management and Biology, I will be writing this blog to discuss common skin myths and provide education for proper home care.
With age, we often see an increase in excessive unwanted hair growth, gray hair, sagging skin, among other things. Increased hair growth is either hirsutism or hypertrichosis, however it depends of the texture and location of the hair for diagnoses. Excessive hair growth does not refer to the small hairs or “peach fuzz.” It is strictly referring to thick, course, and often curly hair unwanted hair. When excessive hair is found generally (all over the body), it is known as hypertrichosis. Hirsutism, which is associated with viralization, or hormonal changes, occurs in women on areas in which male hair often grows (face, neck, abs, arms, chest and back). This can attributed to the presence of androgens or male hormones. Estrogen, the female hormone’s, production is decreased with age and the body’s primary source of estrogen changes from the ovaries to fat tissues. Due to (pre)menopause, hirsutism is common among women over 40. Treatments include hormones, diuretic (to decrease water production & BP), anti diabetic medication(control the amount of glucose in the blood), enzyme inhibitors, laser hair removal, or electrolysis all of which require a doctor’s visit. Your local (a)esthetician can use hard or sugar wax to remove the hair from the root, decreasing the amount of time it takes to return with every treatment.
Let the record show that medication, decreasing metabolism, and integumentary systems may also decrease naturally with age. This is known as intrinsic aging. Your skin will now need more than a warm towel to keep clean and healthy.
Go take a look at your grandparents, do their pores look clogged, has granny developed facial hair, is their skin sagging? More often than not, older demographics will have congested pores filled with sebaceous filament and sagging skin, due to loss of elasticity and decreased collagen production.
You may have habits that prohibit aging gracefully. exposure to UV rays, smoking (blunts, cigarette, & vapes), lifestyle factors (poor diet/nutrition, alcohol consumption, and spraying perfume on your neck may preventing you from looking young. These habits are known as extrinsic aging which contribute to 85-90% of skin aging. Rapid weight loss, pregnancy, illness, and or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are other factors that can contribute to sagging skin.
Solutions to repair and prevent minor skin sagging could include exercise, supplements, topical treatment, lifestyle changes, minimally invasive treatment, and or surgery. Exercise such as weights, resistance, pilate, or facial exercises done regularly can reverse some existing sagging. Oral supplements containing collagen and or hylaronic acid, depending on the source, can increase the body’s elasticity and collagen (responsible for the pumpness and “snap back” of the skin). Topical treatments such as creams, serums, and lotions are available OTC (over the counter). Try to find a product that contains peptides, niacinamide, or a retinol such as tretinoin or retin-A. Be mindful of necessary lifestyle changes to be made. You will have to stop smoking, your diet needs to change, your body needs more water and your skin requires sunscreen, especially when using retinols. Sunscreen should be SPF 30+, the higher protection rating, the fewer times you will reapply within a day. Another important lifestyle change to make is the application of your perfume. To prevent aging you must not spray directly onto the skin, but on your clothes or in the air around you. Some non invasive treatments that can reverse skin sagging are laser resurfacing, laser therapy (radiograph), or micro infused ultrasounds. invasive procedures include dermal fillers and or sugar threads. While invasive will be the most expensive with the longest recovery procedures will consist of a surgery (tummy tuck or face lift) granting lasting results.
All hope is not lost, with the help of you (a)esthetician, a doctor, and a few lifestyle changes you’re on your way to being the best you, you can be. If you need any help seeking divinity, feel free to reach out.
Be Bold. Be Brave. Be You.