How to Nourish Aging Skin and Wrinkles
Did you know that at the age of 20, your skin starts producing 1% less collagen each year?
Aging is inevitable. Of course, there are medical spas, stem cell treatments, and plastic surgeries that many seek to alter the appearance of aging skin, even turning to botox. While botox can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, especially those appearing from repeated facial expressions, this type of remedy does not work to restore the skin.
I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and internationally recognized aloe researcher about the aging process of the skin. “In the fight against visible signs of aging like wrinkles, preserving collagen and elastin in the skin is crucial. Because of this, regular and proper exfoliation is my #1 piece of skin care advice. Not only does exfoliation give the skin a beautiful glow, it also encourages the production of collagen and elastin, thereby minimizing wrinkle formation. Sun protection goes hand-in-hand with exfoliation, as it helps to prevent damage in the first place.”
Perfect Trifecta to Skin Care:
- Encourage Collagen Production – Collagen is the secret to skin firmness.
- Preserve Elastin – Elastin is the secret to elasticity and rebound.
- Proper Hydration – Glycosaminoglycans keep the skin hydrated.
The combination of collagen, hydration, and elastin aid to the appearance of wrinkles. When we start producing less collagen, we also slowly start slowing down elastin production, along with reduced function in oil and sweat glands.
Wrinkles are inevitable, and your DNA could be a major factor, yes, another thing you can blame your parents or their parents for. Genetics primarily dictate the rate at which our skin will age, and there is nothing we can do to control that, except protect and nourish the skin.
While many seek to fix or cover up what they see as blemishes or aging lines, there is also ignorance to skin care. Products can cause more harm than good, helping to support the aging process instead of slowing it down. Protecting the skin is important. When skin to can’t breath or it is filled with junk, it hinders its natural process of protection, strength, and elasticity. As we age the skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It also loses fat in areas such as beneath the eye sockets and under the cheeks. Your skin’s connective tissue in the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, houses the collagen and elastin fibers.
Beauty products with collagen do not penetrate deep into the dermis where collagen and elastin fibers begin to slow down. Collagen creams and moisturizers can help encourage hydration and prevent water loss, however they do not actually penetrate the skin. Exfoliation as a natural way to encourage skin to produce collagen and elastin is great advice. What exfoliation product does Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, MD recommend? AloeGlyC® by Lexli, an exfoliator he created to use daily to improve the appearance of sun-damaged and aging skin by smoothing skin texture, reduce hyper-pigmentation, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What other external factors cause the appearance of wrinkles?
- UV Light / Sun Exposure
What Can You Do To Protect Your Skin?
- Nourish with Moisturizer
- Protect with SunScreen
- Don’t Smoke
- Eat a Balanced Diet with Fruits and Vegetables