As we age, it becomes increasingly more important to make sure that we are taking care of our skin, especially dry skin. Don’t let your skin appear older than it actually is; take these steps to keep skin looking youthful and healthy.
Understanding Your Skin
Your skin is made up of three layers:
- Protective barrier that regulates the loss of moisture from cells and tissue
- This layer is what keeps us from becoming dehydrated
- Contains the protein, collagen
- Collagen is a support structure for your skin, providing cells and blood vessels a place to develop and grow
- A protective layer of fat and connective tissues that helps conserve body heat
- This layer also hosts collagen cells
Thin, Fragile Skin
Starting in our 20s, collagen production slows and elastin slowly loses its strength.
Elastin is a protein that allows skin to stay flexible and return to its original shape after being stretched or compressed.
As the collagen and elastin structures weaken from stress/use and age, skin loses its elasticity. This weakening of the support structures can cause skin to become thinner and more fragile. The affects of this on the delicate skin underneath our eyes can be particularly noticeable in some (which is compounded by the loss of fat in the hypodermis).
What You Can Do
- Plump up skin with moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid
- Look for skincare products that contain peptides, an ingredient that promotes the creation of new collagen
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
As we age, part of the effects of changing hormone levels is dry skin. When these hormone levels shift dramatically (such as at menopause) it can affect your skin’s oil production. Many notice a dramatic shift in your skin’s moisture levels.
What You Can Do
- Moisturizers are a must; look for those containing hyaluronic acid in order to draw moisture to the top layers of skin
- Increase skin hydration by applying a serum followed by cream based moisturizer
Get the Benefits of Both
For the benefits of both hyaluronic acids and peptides, we recommend: