Facts About Aging Skin

  • Changes in the skin inevitable happen as years pass.
  • Skin is not immune to the law of gravity.
  • Collagen and elastin production slows down a dramatic 65% between the ages of 20 and 80 years old.
  • The thickness of the skin decreases a staggering 6% every 10 years.
  • 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by sunlight exposure.
  • TWENTIES: wrinkles first appear around the eyes and lips.
  • THIRTIES: skin becomes less resilient as elastin declines, allowing gravity to begin to have its way.
  • FORTIES: as elasticity begins to diminish, skin loses its memory and becomes less able to snap back. Repetitive movements such as frowns and squinting, as well as smoking , form the first permanent wrinkles.
  • FIFTIES: normal aging changes become more apparent; gravity is certainly a factor. Gravity combines with the decrease in collagen and elastin, causing skin and muscle to sag.
  • SIXTIES: hormonal activities have ceased to be a problem, and, as such, the skin is loose and sagging. If the skin has not been protected, lines, wrinkles, and dark spots develop.

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Fall Skincare Tip

Your skin can appear dull and dry after a summer spent in the sun, exfoliation can remove the dull outer layer of skin, and unclog pores plugged by regular sunscreen use. But be gentle with exfoliation: A mild scrub, baby washcloth, or exfoliating cleansing towelette will do a fine job. Exfoliate only once or twice a week, and don't get over-aggressive, too-vigorous scrubbing can scratch, tear, and damage skin, compromising the glow that gentle exfoliation gives. Another exfoliation option: Microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels. These procedures are more effective and quicker at removing the superficial dead layer of skin.
Oct 20th, 2012

Did You Know

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds! Also another surprising bit of info: Just because youíre indoors doesnít mean the sun canít find you ó window glass blocks the UVB light that causes sunburns, but cell-damaging UVA rays still penetrate. The bottom line: Sunscreen is a must, indoors or out, year-round, every day.
March 31st, 2012



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