Dry, aging skin can be the result of a number of factors. The skin cell turnover slows down as we age, resulting in an epidermis that is laden with old, dead skin cells. These can contribute to rapid water loss in the skin. Another problem is that the skin just simply slows down on its oil production.
Although dry skin does not contribute to wrinkles, it certainly can make them look more pronounced. In order to effectively treat dry, aging skin, the focus must be on not only we need to find solutions that will not only firm and tone the skin, but hydrate as well.
Start with a bleaching program
The first sign of sun damage is often mottled or uneven pigmentation. The easiest and fastest way to even out skin tone is to use a bleaching cream.
Bleaching creams contain ingredients that work to disrupt the skin's melanin production, resulting in lighter, more even skin tone that more closely resembles the skin of your youth. It does not alter genetically determined skin color, but it will fade a tan. Some examples of ingredients with bleaching properties are Hydroquinone, Kojic acid, Azelaic Acid, Mulberry Extract, Arbutin, Bearberry Extract, and Licorice Extract. Most bleaching creams also contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids. These help the effectiveness, and penetration of the bleaching ingredients.
Most bleaching programs take 2-6 months to achieve desired results. Since bleaching ingredients are rendered ineffective in the sunlight, it is very important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. In order to achieve the best results, aggressive bleaching programs are often done during the winter, when sun exposure is most likely to be very limited.
For faster results, we recommend using products containing vitamin A or vitamin C with your bleaching cream. When adding additional products to your bleaching routine, do so one at a time each week to test for sensitivity and irritation. When using additional products with your bleach, we recommend applying any treatments in the form of a serum or gel first. Any treatments in the form of a cream should be used after application of the bleach (allow 5-10 minutes to allow the bleach to sink in and absorb properly).
Once skin tone is evened out, begin focusing on repairing collagen and reducing the visibility wrinkles.
There are a few basic guidelines to follow with an anti-aging skin care routine.
Incorporate Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha Hydroxy Acids encourage exfoliation by weakening the bonds of old skin cells, allowing them to be shed with greater ease. Please see our Alpha Hydroxy Acid page for more information.
Exfoliate for Smooth Skin
For those who are impatient and hate waiting months for results, a good exfoliating scrub can be just what they need. Scrub away loose, dead skin to leave the skin instantly soft, smooth and glowing. Getting rid of all that dead skin will not only help you look better, it also helps increase your anti-wrinkle product's performance.
Please see our page on Scrubs for more information.
Antioxidants help prevent further damage to skin cells and tissue. These are excellent on people of all ages, but the sooner you start using them, the better your skin will look later on. Even if you diligently wear a sunscreen everyday, we still recommend using antioxidants. Even the best sunscreen can allow some UV rays to get through. Also, exposure to polluted air can also generate free radicals. We need antioxidants to provide a second layer of protection against these assaults on our skin.
Please see our Antioxidants page for more information.
Skin Repair Formulas
Skin repair formulas contain ingredients that actually repair or reverse skin changes that occur with aging or photodamage. These take patience and time in order to see the best results. A minimum time period of 4-6 months is recommended before expected visible or dramatic results. Remember, skin repair takes time. While there might be dramatic changes on the cellular level happening, but it takes awhile before it starts to become visible. Some of the antioxidants above contain skin repairing abilities - such as vitamin C. Other ingredients with skin repair properties are:
Don't forget your moisturizer!
Moisturizers help keep the skin cells plump and healthy. The appearance of wrinkles is instantly improved in hydrated skin. It is important to find one that will provide moisture without creating a greasy appearance. Lotions or very hydrating serums are best during the summer. In the winter, switching to a light moisturizing cream might be necessary in order to keep skin well hydrated.