Dermatologists’ Top Tips for Mature Skin
Dermatologists share skin
care tips that can help mature skin look and feel its best
matter what your age, you can have healthy, vibrant skin — skin that
leaves people wondering how many years “young” you are. Following
are tips that dermatologists regularly tell their patients with
Wear sunscreen every day. Sunscreen does more than
prevent sunburn. Daily use of sunscreen throughout your life can
reduce signs of aging such as age spots and fine lines as well
as significantly decrease your risk of developing skin cancer.
Newer sunscreens eliminate that sticky or gritty feeling, and
many products feel comfortable under makeup.
wearing a sunscreen that offers:
Change your skin care products.
Products that worked so well in our
teens and 20s often may not be suitable in our 40s and 50s.
Deodorant soaps, alcohol-based toners, and products that contain
fragrance can leave mature skin feeling irritated and dry.
People with mature skin often find that using mild, unscented
products year round helps their skin feel better.
Give your skin what it needs.
As skin ages, it often needs help to keep it looking healthy and
vibrant. A product that contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) can
help remove the dead outer layers of skin, leaving your face
with a fresh, younger appearance. Anti-oxidants may help repair
and prevent further skin damage. If you want to reduce the
appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, ask your
dermatologist if a cream or gel that contains tretinoin may be
appropriate for you.
If you are not sure what your skin needs, see a dermatologist.
Trying product after product can be just as bad for your skin as
your wallet. Applying numerous products often irritates and
damages the skin.
If your skin feels dry, moisturize.
Oil production in the skin diminishes in our 40s, so it is
important to moisturize if skin feels dry. The best time to
moisturize is after bathing. If your skin still feels dry with
regular moisturizing after bathing, apply moisturizer a few
times throughout the day.
A good moisturizer also
can reduce the appearance of fine lines and give your complexion
a more youthful look. Some moisturizers also contain ingredients
found in sunscreen that help protect your skin from the sun’s
harmful UVA and UVB rays.
To keep your skin looking its best, it is important to
effectively manage stress. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on
your skin. Stress causes the body to produce more of the stress
hormone, cortisol. As cortisol levels rise, oil production
increases. This can lead to oily skin, acne, and related skin
Studies have shown that chronic stress also can cause wounds to
heal more slowly.
Stress even increases the risk of developing skin cancer. One
research study showed that when mice received ultraviolet (UV)
exposure for 28 weeks, the stressed mice developed a tumor in
just 8 weeks; whereas, the non-stressed mice developed tumors in
Avoid tanning beds and other artificial tanning devices. Tanning beds, sunlamps,
and other artificial tanning devices are not a safe alternative
to the sun. Just like the sun, indoor tanning equipment emits
UVA and UVB radiation. In some cases, the radiation produced
during indoor tanning may be stronger than that of the sun.
Exposure to UV radiation damages the DNA in the cells of the
skin and can accelerate skin aging, cause skin cancer, suppress
the immune system, and lead to eye diseases such as cataracts
and melanoma of the eye.
Be gentle with acne-prone skin.
Many women struggle with acne well into their adult years. If
you are among them, dermatologists recommend:
Use a mild cleanser with acne fighting ingredients, such as
salicylic acid or sulfur. Such a cleanser can clear up
outbreaks and prevent future ones. Look for acne products
formulated especially for adult skin.
Make sure all skin care products and cosmetics are “non-comedogenic.”
This means they that do not contain acne-producing
Ask questions before having a cosmetic procedure.
While a cosmetic procedure can shed years from your appearance,
the success of any cosmetic procedure is highly dependent on the
knowledge and skill of the person performing it. Dermatologists
safely perform thousands of cosmetic procedures each year with
excellent results. When a cosmetic procedure is not performed by
a board-certified physician or under the doctor’s direct
supervision, complications increase. Be sure you know who will
perform your cosmetic procedure.
Get regular skin cancer exams.
The risk of developing skin cancer
increases as we age. Dermatologists encourage regular skin
cancer examinations, which can help detect skin cancer early.
With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for
skin cancer averages 95%. When detection and treatment are
delayed, the outcome is not as favorable.
See a dermatologist.
In addition to examining your skin for skin cancer, a
dermatologist can help ensure that your skin will look its best
for years to come. Dermatologists are uniquely trained to
analyze the skin, hair, and nails. They can spot potential
problems and diagnose a multitude of conditions ranging from
minor to life-threatening.
dermatologist also can answer your questions about the multitude
of skin care products on the market. No one product is suitable
for everyone. Your dermatologist can tell you which ones may be
safe and effective for you.
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