As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down, resulting in wrinkles, crepiness, and sagging. These common problems worsen as we age, often making us look even older and more run down than we really are. These tell-tale signs of aging caused by a variety of factors that include:
- Decrease in the production of collagen and elastin molecules
- Sun damage
- Environmental factors
- Rapid and extreme weight loss
- Dehydration in the skin
Despite the fact that many of the causes of aging skin can’t be avoided, their effects can be remedied.
A Quick Fix – Use a primer to fill in and camoflauge those fine lines while creating a smooth, resilient canvas for a look of even skin texture and tone. Try Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, Jan Marini Age Intervention Prime Face Primer, or Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish
For the Long Run – To defeat fine lines and wrinkles, you need to help boost moisture and jumpstart collagenproduction. There are dozens of scientifically proven ingredients formulated to help do just this, including Palmitoyl Oligaopeptide, Palmitoyl Tretrapeptides-7, or Maxtrixyl 3000 (a combination of the two). Clinical studies have shown significant visible improvement in wrinkles and fine lines after two months of use. We recommend:
Murad Age-Diffusing Serum
Neostrata Firming Collagen Booster.
For Men: PCA Skin Total Strength Line and Pore Minimizer.
PCA Skin eyeXcellence pHaze 12
Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream
DermaQuest C-Lipoic Lip Enhancer
Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine
While fruit-filled crepes may be delicious-looking, crepey skin is not. Crepey, or waffley skin is loose wrinkled skin characterized by skin surface sagging reminiscent of thin pancake-like crepes.
The Quick Fix – Smooth things out by moisturizer right out of the shower, while your skin is still wet. Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that promote water retention or Dimethicone, a substance that creates a skin barrier trapping in hydration. We like:
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer
SkinMedica Hydrating Complex
Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair
Glycolix Elite Eye Serum
Glytone Antioxidant Anti Aging Eye Cream
SkinMedica TNS Line Refine
Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex
For the Long Run – Scaly skin is deeper rooted than you might think. Boosting cell turn over and collagen production will help to smooth and tighten underlying skin as well. Look for products with skin smoothing Retinol derivatives and and peptides. Participants of a Retinol regimen based study in the British Journal of Dermatology started to see improvements in areas of “crepiness and cross-hatching” within eight weeks. We think you’ll like:
DDF Advanced Firming Cream
SkinMedica Tri Retinol Complex
Glycolix Elite Facial Cream – Fortified
Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream
Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream
As elastin and collagen break down naturally due to the aging process, one of the most visible side effects is droopy, saggy skin. Look for products that help reinforce the collagen matrix and produce a tightening result.
The Quick Fix …and For the Long Run – No one would ever mistake a serum and at-home treatment for an under-the-knife procedure, but using the NuFace Smoother Powerhouse Peptide Serum together with the NuFace Trinity will offer quick and long lasting results of smoother firmer skin. The NuFace at-home microcurrent device uses gentle electrical stimulation to increase muscle tone and collagen. This tightening of the muscles in the face can pull up saggy growls and skin. For saggy eyelid skin, use the Nuface in a gliding upward motion three times above each brow in five second intervals.
How do you conquer lines, crepiness, and sagging? Leave us a comment below!