Changes in skin texture are one of the most common complaints about aging skin. Whereas in our youth skin is soft, firm and supple, with age it becomes increasingly dry, rough, and wrinkly. Levels of elastin and collagen decrease and the skin’s barrier becomes less effective, causing increased moisture loss and more sensitive skin. What can we do?!
AT HOME TREATMENTS
Skin care products are the main way to combat skin texture issues at-home with moisturizers and exfoliators. Moisturizers: Almost any anti-aging skin product will tackle this problem with some combination of water, humectants (draws in moisture), emollients (adds moisture and prevents moisture loss) and occlusives (seal in water). As the skin becomes less able to hold in water naturally, these three moisturizing agents work together to add moisture to the skin and seal it in. Lotions, creams, and facial masks will all infuse moisture into the skin and improve texture. Any treatment will need to be continued as directed (daily, weekly, etc) in order to maintain the effects as hydration levels vary continuously. Exfoliators: Exfoliation is also key to improving skin texture. Skin cells turn over slower with age, meaning that there are more layers of dead, dull skin cells making skin feel rougher. Daily chemical exfoliation (with an exfoliant such glycolic acid) will cleanse away dead cells promoting more skin turnover, leading to softer skin.
KEY INGREDIENTS: hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, AHAs, urea, shea butter, natural skin oils
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Bella Derma 10% Glycolic Moisturizing Cleanser
IN OFFICE TREATMENTS
Facials and peels are the go-to in-office treatments for skin texture concerns. A mild option such as an enzyme peel will infuse moisture into the skin and make the texture feel immediately better. A medium or deeper depth peel will improve texture by exfoliating away the layers of dead skin sitting on the skin, allowing the softer, fresher skin beneath to come forward.
*Moisture is key.Skin will become less effective at retaining moisture; that’s just life. You can, however, support your skin by keeping it moisturized externally. Apply moisturizer ASAP after cleansing (whether it’s a shower or a normal face or hand washing) to allow your moisturizer, lotion or skin oil to seal the remaining water molecules into the skin. Use a thicker product if the weather is windy, cold or dry, as such conditions tend to increase skin’s moisture loss.
*Exfoliate often. As mentioned above, exfoliation improves skin cell turnover, which helps skin to remain softer.