Aging is an interesting journey of trials, tribulations,andjubilationsthat bring with them growth and wisdom, along with wrinkles. What if you could age as you wish, and enjoy the sageness that comes with growing older, without all of fine lines and saggy skin? The secret here is to start when you’re young. But don’t worry, if you are starting later in life there’s still hope.
What skin changes happen as we age?
Understanding what's happening during the aging process gives you the knowledge you need to prevent and reverse the signs of aging.
Aging skin starts in your teenage years but starts to become noticeable in your 20’s, mostly with fine lines. In my practice, I find that most 20 somethings are not overly concerned with their skin health unless they are facing a significant condition like cystic acne. However, this should be the decade where anti-aging rituals are set. Instead of piling on makeup to cover imperfections, the 20’s are the best time to start correcting, protecting, and preventing them.
The best things you can do for your skin in this decade is stop tanning and start using UVA and UVB sun protection, as well as antioxidants to protect your skin from premature aging. Look for ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in your SPF. Great antioxidants for skin protection and anti-aging are topical vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B3, and essential oils. All of the Mikel Kristi Skincare products contain potent antioxidants, but our Vital C Repair Serum and C Radiance Moisturizerare a great place to start.
When 30 comes around, fine lines, large pores, and blotchy skin discolorations are more noticeable, usually from a lack of care earlier in life. For me, it was not for a lack of trying, it was a lack of education and misleading information by big beauty marketing. I thought I was doing great things for my skin in my 20’s by using multiple over-the-counter moisturizers and SPF. But I was so wrong! When I turned 30, all those years of sun damage and subpar skincare showed up on my face in the form of thinning skin, fine lines, and way too many brown blotchy spots… ugh. But, I really do have to thank life for this lesson because that is what lead me on the path to become an expert in medical aesthetics and skin care.
The 40’s, 50’s, and beyond
The skin changes that show up in your 30’s are the same changes that you will see, in increasing visibility, in your 40’s, 50’s, and every decade after. Unless you take action, these changes get progressively worse each year with the deepening of the wrinkles, dull looking skin, dryness, increasing redness, and sagginess. This is the point where Retinaldehyde vitamin A, Niacinamide, vitamin B3, and peptides come to the rescue.
Skin care at any age has these same basic needs and does not need to be complicated. Take a look at our Vital A Rejuvenating Serum and our Bio Peptide Revitalizing Serum for great powerhouse ingredients that will help you achieve these goals.
If you are starting your skin revitalization journey later in life, you may need more aggressive treatments to achieve your goals faster. I recommend seeing a medical aesthetic practitioner, with many years of experience, to guide you through your treatment options. If you would like to explore the services offered at my medical aesthetics practice you can learn more atwww.myskinappeal.com
Remember, your daily skin care routine is the most important part of having healthy, beautiful skin. It will also enhance and maintain the results of any treatment you choose. Start caring for your skin when you’re young, with professionally developed skincare and the right ingredients, and enjoy your ageless skin.
Wishing You the Wisdom of Age with Youthful, Healthy Skin!
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Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
The truth about sunscreen!
Facts and Myths about one of the most important products you use should be using EVERYDAY!
There are some very popular truths and misconceptions about sunscreen. Let's clear some of those up today!!!
1. Sunscreen is not always necessary
Many people think sunscreen is only needed on very sunny days. If I can't see the sun, do I really need sunscreen?? The answer is yes. If you are outside, you are being exposed to UV rays. Wear that sunscreen. And don't forget about your body. The tops of your shoulders, arms, and chest need just as much sun protection as your face.
Safety & Sun Protection
Living in Arizona means that we are in the sun almost every day of the year, and summertime activities, vacations, picnics and pool parties mean we are in the sun even more. But regular exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to unsightly brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, large pores, saggy skin, wrinkles and skin cancers. To prevent these changes, a broad-spectrum sunblock needs to be applied daily.