What is the Best Treatment for Aging Skin?

Great skin begins with daily care. In general, the better you take care of your skin today, the better it will look tomorrow. This bodes no less true for maturing skin which should be treated on a daily basis.

Routine care is the best way to stave off the signs of aging and this may mean a change in the routine you used to in your younger years. As skin matures, it becomes thinner and more fragile, leading to

  • The development of wrinkles
  • A dull appearance
  • Sagging around the eyes and jaw line

The solution is to recharge collagen production and keep cell turnover high. Collagen renewal is stimulated through the daily use of peptides and antioxidants. Cell turnover is kept regenerating through the monthly use of exfoliating agents.

Diet cannot be ignored. It affects your wrinkles, color, and the tightness of your skin, either positively or negatively, depending on your choices. Complexion and inward beauty are impacted by your exercise and relaxation habits. Good choices will display themselves in your outward beauty.

Without fail, cleanse, moisturize, and nourish your skin daily. You must make a long-term commitment for any plan to work. Keeping your regimen simple will make it more likely that you will to stick to it.

Let’s take a look at the best treatment for aging skin.

Daily Treatment

Your skin needs daily attention, both morning and night. To ensure your neck doesn’t age faster than your face, make sure to give it the same treatment as your facial skin. This four step approach is powerful, yet simple enough to make it a part of your daily routine.

  • Step 1: Cleanse
    • The first step to healthy, beautiful skin is cleaning off dirt and impurities. Use a light, gentle cleanser at the beginning and end of each day. If you wear makeup, make sure to remove all traces to avoid free radical contamination.
    • Apply your cleanser with a soft cotton ball or pad using gentle, upward strokes to prevent your skin from stretching and to encourage blood flow. Rinse with warm water, Gently pat face dry with a towel. Your cleanser should leave you feeling soft and clean.
  • Step 2: Tone
    • This step prepares your face to be nourished with serum, helps remove impurities, and balances the skin. Choose one that is slightly astringent in order to remove residue. It should be non-drying and have anti-wrinkle properties.
    • Apply your toner with a soft cloth. Pat it on gently without rubbing. Rubbing will stretch out your skin. Your toner should leave you feeling refreshed and refined. Do not use a toner that causes any irritation or dryness.
  • Step 3: Serum
    • Your serum will provide you with and intense dose of vitamins. They contain collagen boosting peptides and antioxidant properties. Serums penetrate deeply, so pick one that absorbs quickly without any tingling. It is particularly important to use your serum in areas that show signs of aging.
    • Apply the serum to your face gently. It can be used over the entire face and neck, or only in the areas that show the most signs of aging. Allow the serum to fully absorb before applying moisturizer or makeup.
  • Step 4: Moisturize
    • The main purpose to moisturize is to restore water loss from cleansing and toning, and from daily activities. It also helps revive the skin with vitamins, minerals, and elements. Pick one that boosts collagen and contains antioxidants. Moisturizers plump wrinkles, giving them a full appearance; they do not get rid of them. For this reason, daily renewal is necessary.
    • Smooth on your moisturizer with gentle upward strokes so as not to stress the skin. Use care around eyes, lips, and between eyebrows as this skin is thinner and more likely to sustain damage. A moisturizer that is right for you will leave your skin feeling soft, not oily or tacky.
    • During your PM routine, make sure your nighttime cream nourishes and works all night to boost collagen and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.
    • It is vitally important that your AM moisturizer contains sun protection. This will guard against sun damage (such as age spots) and possible skin cancer. Sun damage is one of the largest, preventable factors in the aging appearance of your skin. Try to find at least SPF 15-30. If you live in a region of more intense sun, bump up to SPF 30-45.

Weekly/Bimonthly Practices

Exfoliation gets rid of more dirt and grime than your daily cleanser. Exfoliate dead skin cells once every week. This will stimulate new cell growth while gently removing dead skin cells and other impurities from the face and neck. In addition, it helps fight wrinkles, reduces blemishes, and stimulates brighter, glowing skin.

Be sure to use your daily cleanser before exfoliating. Exfoliators can be store bought, but an easy, inexpensive option is to add granulated sugar to your daily cleansing cream. Gently smooth the mixture over precleansed skin. It will deep-clean, oxygenate, smooth, and refine the skin. Your face should feel clean and fresh, not irritated or dried out.

To further care for your skin, a bimonthly mask can be used. Exfoliation before applying a mask is essential for the skin to be fully receptive of the benefits of your chosen mask. Simply smooth the mask over your skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently rinse off with warm water.

Masks can be store bought or homemade. A homemade mask will contain less free radicals. A simple homemade mask is simply using organic, plain yogurt mixed with oatmeal. If you do buy one from the store, find one that is deeply hydrating and provides flexibility as well as volume.

The benefits from using a mask will be short lived, so this is an addition you will want to make to your monthly or bimonthly routine.

Diet – Your Anti-Aging Ally

The old adage, “You are what you eat” is very realistic when it comes to your skin, particularly the skin on your face and neck. Daily consumption of fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 reduce wrinkles by boosting collagen production. Fatty acids can be found in salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna. If you really don’t care for sea food, you can take 1000mg/day of a quality supplement.

Include products that contain vitamins A and E, and antioxidants in your diet. These ingredients have been proven to reduce signs of aging by toning the skin, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles because of their anti-inflammatory properties. They will also give your complexion fullness and color. At the same time, they defend against free radicals. Vitamins A and E are particularly beneficial to those who have had excess sun exposure and they help the skin recover from sun damage.

Never underestimate the importance of hydration. Be sure to get your eight glasses a day. This is like moisturizing from the inside out. There are also a few drinks to avoid where wrinkles are concerned. Consume alcohol and caffeine in moderation, or simply avoid them altogether. Too much of either dehydrates the body, including your skin, which in turn leads to the appearance of wrinkles.

Exercise and Rejuvenation

Daily exercise has also been proven to ward off unwanted wrinkles: walking, yoga, gardening, housecleaning, anything that gets the blood flowing.

Remember to breathe deeply from the diaphragm. When oxygen flow to your body is stimulated, it feeds the skin, making it glow. It will contribute to the reduction of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and elimination of sagging skin, especially around the jowls. Try to get a minimum of twenty minutes of aerobic exercise a day.

If you are able, adding light weight lifting or exercise bands to your workout will build muscle mass, boost metabolism, and add bone mass. This gives collagen a strong foundation on which to grow. Having a strong base significantly reduces sagging skin around the eyes and jaw line.

Equally important is taking time regularly to get away from daily pressures. Do this and you will be rewarded with glowing skin and the reduction of wrinkles, not to mention you will smile more. A genuine smile always makes you look more youthful.

Your Anti-Aging Regime

The best treatment for aging skin is a twice daily routine that begins with cleansing to remove dirt and free radicals that have accumulated. Follow this with a good toner and serum to give your skin much needed vitamins and antioxidants. Finally, moisturize to keep your skin feeling soft and youthful.

Be sure to use sun protection every day. SPF should be in your morning moisturizer. If you will be exposed to sun for a long period, use a variety of protection: hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Once to twice monthly, indulge in a rejuvenating facial. Exfoliating will help remove damaged cells, revealing the plumper cells underneath. A mask will smooth and hydrated your skin, automatically making it look more youthful.

Base your diet and skin care routine on antioxidant rich foods and omega rich oils. Let yourself be beautiful from the inside out.

Make these simple routines a part of your life. Your skin will thank you!

About The Skin Care Advisor

Skin. One of your greatest assets.

How you care for your skin contributes greatly to your overall well-being. This investment you make is as important as eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, and seeking sufficient sleep. Having healthy, well-cared for skin will make you feel good inside and out, giving you confidence throughout your day.

Sometimes, even well cared for skin can, and will, change over time. This can be alarming at first. Don’t panic. The Skin Care Advisor is here to help.

As the body’s largest organ, skin is the first indicator of your overall health. If you are certain nothing is going on that needs medical attention, then try making a change in your routine. Even small changes can have a large impact. Naturally, you want your skin to look its best. The Skin Care Advisor is here to guide you along your journey.

Persistent Black Dots

Please allow me to tell you a little about my personal journey.

My face has been plagued with tiny black dots since childhood, mostly along my nose, cheeks, and chin. The black dots are not bumpy; my skin is quite smooth. They are only about the size of a pin head. From a distance, they can’t be seen. But, anyone who is within a few feet of me can clearly see them.

Let’s face it. We come into contact with people on a daily basis. And the black dots were always there; always present to show themselves to whoever I met.

No one, not even doctors, were able to help get rid of them. No products or routines were successful either.

As a teenager, I tried a lot of treatments that promised to give clear skin. And believe me when I say I attempted everything: regular bar soap, facial scrubs, an electric facial deep cleansing brush, several prescription creams. Even brand names like Neutrogena, Nivea, Cera Ve, Clean & Clear, and Biore pore clearing strips. You name it, I tried it.

Then there was the day when a peer told me that if he had a face like mine, he would never show it in public. He went on to say that he would scrub it with straight alcohol until it was clear.

With a combination of hurt feelings and being young, I got alcohol and cotton balls and went to work “clearing” my face. I wiped it and wiped it. At least a dozen times. And tried for days on end. This did absolutely nothing to my skin.

Usually when alcohol is overused, the skin becomes dry, flaky, and irritated. Mine just looked normal. Worst yet, the black dots were still there.

In my adolescent years, I was fortunate to never get full blown acne. Yes, I got the occasional pimple, but nothing that didn’t go away in a day and not more than one or two at a time.

And still nothing worked to clear the black dots. I had basically given up the hope of having clear skin.

Pure, Clean, Fresh

Then in my twenties, I was fortunate enough to go on a scientific research expedition to the North Pole. It took a few days on reach the ice floe at 87 degrees north latitude that would be the anchor for our home over the next five weeks. Once moored, the ship used water directly from the northern most part of the Arctic Ocean for all of our daily needs. The unspoiled water was our drinking, cooking, and bathing water.

After a couple days of washing my face with the most pristine water on Earth and cleansing with regular bar soap, I looked in the mirror. Low and behold, there were no more black dots! They had vanished. Completely. Without a trace. My face was completely free of them for the first time in my life!

I was ecstatic to say the least. To look in the mirror and not see those dots meant so much to me. Almost immediately, I realized it was the absence of pollutants, both in the atmosphere and in the water, that had allowed my skin to clear. Fresh, pure ice melt. Untouched by human pollutants.

I thought those black dots were gone for good. As long as I kept up a good cleansing routine, I was set. And all thanks to the pure waters of the Arctic Ocean.

However, my bliss was short lived. Within a couple days after my arrival back home, the black dots reappeared. I was so happy to finally have a clear face for over a month. It had reignited my desire to find a product that would work for me while living in a pollutant saturated [human-touched] environment once again.

I continued the trial and error process, but to no avail. This time I tried a few other treatments that I hadn’t tried in my youth: Aveeno, Burt’s Bees, Olay, St. Ives, Pro Active, Bath & Body Works. I decided to try varying kinds of store bought and homemade facial peels. I even tried using organic, whole foods and oils directly on my skin.  They all made my skin feel great, but not one of them cleared the black dots.

To this day, I am still in opposition against them.

Your Healthy Skin

My desire for clear facial skin has inspired the origin of the Skin Care Advisor. This company was created to help you access, discuss, and find products that can help you on your journey to beautiful, clear, glowing skin, all from the privacy of your home, where you can really look into things that often leave most of us feeling vulnerable.

Everyone’s skin is as unique as each individual. Not only is clear, healthy facial skin important, but so is your overall well-being. Everyone has the desire to feel comfortable and confident in their skin. Let the Skin Care Advisor assist you in personifying beauty from the inside out.

To your best skin yet,

Cassie Wheeler

Founder of Skin Care Advisor

NOTE: I would like to say that the products listed above are by far not ineffective. They have been tried and tested to the benefit many, many people. In my one case, they didn’t work, but I have unique skin that seems to be prone to normal reactions. Do not use my experience as a reason to not try out one of these quality brands if you think it will work for you.