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Effects of Aging on Skin

As we age so does the anatomy of our skin, it is one of the most obvious signs of aging. As we increase in age there is also an increase of wrinkles and sagging skin.

 

Skin becomes drier

As we age, our skin doesn’t produce as many oils as a result of decreasing hormone production. A good way to combat this is to add a good moisturizer to your daily regimen. It is also wise when showering or bathing to use warm water rather than hot water, which removes more oils from your skin.

 

Skin Thins

Those that are older sometimes have skin that appears to be translucent. As we get older, skin begins to thin revealing blood vessels that are concealing in younger skin. As your skin thins, it becomes more delicate. This is all due to the fact that as we age the fatty layer of the skin deteriorates. As this fatty layer diminishes it makes your skin more susceptible to breaks and bruising.  Sun exposure is another factor that plays into skin thinning; preliminary measures include adding a SPF to your daily routine to retain more elastin fibers in your skin. This keeps your skin from becoming fragile and losing its elasticity faster.

 

Skin starts to sag

With age comes sagging skin due to gravity catching up with age as well as thinning skin. As we lose the fatty layer of skin, collagen and elastin, we become more susceptible to sagging skin all over the body. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep skin tight and as women get older estrogen production decreases. It is important to care for your skin early on in life in order to slow skin sagging. You can also see an injectables specialist who can inject filler into your skin to round out your features. By starting these treatments early you can prevent certain parts of you skin from sagging. With a few weeks of recovery time, having a facelift is another way to tighten your skin.

 

Age spots form

 Later in life you’ll notice patches of pigments in your skin, known as age spots. These age spots appear on the parts of your skin that get the most sunlight, the UV light from the sun increases the production of melanin. Avoiding tanning beds and increased sun light exposure will help protect your skin from the development of age spots.

 

Wrinkles develop

The most common sign of aging are wrinkles. Even starting at the mid-20’s you can begin to see creases that are caused by your daily muscle and skin movement. As we age, more and more winkles appear due to exposure to the sun, dehydration and the thinning of skin.  It is important to start caring for skin at a young age to prevent early signs of aging. Steps include using a good sunscreen, moisturizers and keeping your body hydrated. Botox and fillers can also be used to reduce wrinkles.

The Best Vitamins for Skin Health By Age; Beauty Spa Fort Collins, CO

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we are huge supporters of overall wellness! Rather that quick fixes or just treating the symptoms, we believe in holistic health. Diet and supplements can be an important part of overall health, whether consumed in the form of whole foods or taken as vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins can also be so intimidating! There are so many options to choose from and it is hard to know which ones to take!

If you are in your 20s, focus on beauty maintenance. Healthy hair and nails is a good category of supplements to focus on during this decade of life, including Biotin, which strengthens hair and nails. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) in the form of evening primrose oil or black currant oil, is an essential fatty acid that helps skin, hair, and nails grow in a healthy manner.

If you are in your 30s, the skin begins to age, due to factors such as sun exposure, pollution, stress, and other factors. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, as is rough and dry skin, which can lead to redness, adult acne and patches. Be sure to eat enough quality fats in your diet, particularly omega three fatty acids, such as fish oil. Quality fats can also come from sources like avocado, eggs, and coconut products.

If you are in your 40s, collagen is important! It is the protein that gives skin elasticity and strength. Since it naturally declines as we age, a collagen supplement can keep skin youthful and vibrant. After taking collagen for 12 weeks, there will be a significant reduction in lines, wrinkles and skin dryness.

These supplements can be complimented by a healthy skin care regime. Stop by to learn more about the fabulous Lira line of products we carry!

All About Collagen; Fort Collins Med Spa

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We hear so much about collagen and how good it is for our skin. Let’s learn more about what it is and how it works in our bodies!

Collagen is what holds our entire body together! It is the most abundant protein in the human body, composing about 30% of the protein in the human body. It can be found in skin and tendons, bones, and muscles.

Collagen is very important for health, and the breakdown of naturally produced collagen is associated with numerous health issues. Supplemental collagen is used increasingly more for medical and cosmetic purposes, including helping heal and repair tissue.

It provides the strength and structure to our skin, and also is involved in the replacement of dead skin cells. Collagen production naturally declines with age and is also reduced by exposure to ultraviolet light and other environmental factors such as smoking and high sugar consumption. Collagen synthesis begins to decline around 40 years of age, and dramatically decline in women after menopause. By age 60 there is normally a significant decline in collagen production.

Products such as lotions that claim to increase collagen levels are unlikely to do so because the molecules of collagen are too large to be absorbed through the skin. However, collagen production can be stimulated through laser therapy, such as Laser Genesis treatment. This treatment can also help stretch marks.

Nutrients that support collagen production in the body are proline (from egg whites, meat, cheese, soy and cabbage), anthocyanidins (blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries), Vitamin C (oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli), copper (shellfish, nuts, red meat and some drinking water), and Vitamin A (animal derived foods and plant foods).

Eating whole and minimally processed foods can help produce more collagen!

To further increase your body’s collagen production, come talk with us about what Laser Genesis can do for your skin!