Aging is inevitable and the aging process is not kind to our skin.
The outermost layer of our skin, what we show the world, is layers of dead skin cells that “shed” every 28 days, causing our skin to renew and replace these dead skin cells. As we age this “shedding” slows down, causing cell renewal to slow down, causing a thickening of the epidermis. Skin can appear dull and rough due to this thickening
As we age, the epidermis, produces fewer ceramides, lipids and fatty acids creating a weakened barrier against the environment resulting in a loss of moisture and dry skin.
Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, the pigment that protects skin from UV rays, their number decreases with age, so we are more susceptible to sun damage.
Collagen production slows down, and collagen fibers degrade faster, leaving skin unsupported and causing it to cave in and form wrinkles.
Elastin fibers give our skin its flexibility, elastin production declines as we age and so does the “bounce” of our skin.
Hyaluronic acid, the binder of collagen and elastin, helps skin stay hydrated. As we age HA production slows leaving skin dry
The number of blood vessels that deliver nutrients and moisture to the skin decline leading to dry, dull and aged looking skin.
Our skin’s fat layer shrinks so our cheeks look less plump.
OK, all of this just sucks. But there are many things we can do to support our aging skin.
Updating your skincare routine is of major importance. If you’ve been using the same products for twenty or even ten years, your aging skin is not getting the support it needs. The ingredients that supported your 30-year-old skin are not supporting your 45-year-old skin, they’re aging you.
Use a mild oil cleanser that nourishes skin. If your skin feels tight after washing you are using a cleanser with too high a pH and are disrupting your skin barrier. Continued disruptions make skin age faster. To learn more about pH click here (https://www.donnajskincare.com/post/what-is-ph-and-why-your-should-care)
Exfoliate with a mild exfoliant twice a week, once if skin is sensitive. This will keep skin regenerating itself.
Dry skin needs oil. Give one of our serums a try for a boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
A few minor tweaks to your skincare routine is all your skin needs to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots and crepey skin leaving you with younger looking glowing skin!
P.S. Check out our product guide to see how Donna J Skincare can support your aging skin