Fighting the aging of our skin calls for a bit of wisdom. This means adopting a healthy lifestyle – which includes the occasional pampering – and accepting with serenity the physical changes that come with age.
The effects of time
Around the age of fifty, hormonal changes associated with menopause cause the metabolism of the skin to slow, which leads to one or more of the following:
- Dehydration and dryness
- Sagging and loss of definition of the facial contour
- Loss of elasticity
- Increase in number and depth wrinkles
- Increase in number of age spots
As you will discover for yourself, aging skin is not just about wrinkles! Mature skin care products must therefore be formulated to address a diversity of skin conditions and concerns.
The result of leading-edge advances in cosmetology, products currently marketed for mature skin are as diversified as they are specialized, extending well beyond the treatment of wrinkles. Research is constantly progressing to the point that some of these little jars may even contain ingredients able to stimulate the reconstruction of skin’s tissues and lipids.
Various anti-aging agents and molecules found in skin creams and serums are specifically intended for the needs of mature skin. They include as follows:
- Antioxidants: vitamins A (the famed ‘retinol’), C and E ; trace elements and minerals (notably selenium), flower extracts, etc.
- Soy isoflavones and red clover (stimulate the production of collagen and help restructure/plump the skin weakened by the stoppage of estrogen production during menopause)
- Bio-mimetic agents mimic skin’s natural biological processes help it to repair itself. Examples include Pro-Xylane (biotechnological origin) and Proteic Gf (natural origin: moth bean from India)
- Firming agents, such as retinaldehyde and hyaluronic acid
- Nourishing agents like jojoba oil and shea butter
- Exfoliants (smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots), including glycolic acid
- And many others...
Note that the appearance of age spots can be diminished by means of exfoliating scrubs, laser treatments and microdermabrasion.
Beauty in a capsule?
Science and the cosmetic industry have joined forces to offer us nutricosmetics! What are they, you ask? Nutritional supplements – generally in capsule form – formulated to provide health benefits to skin, hair and nails.
These oral micronutrients combined special dermo-cosmetic products just might make aging a less bitter pill to swallow!
Speak to one of our dermo-cosmetic consultants: they have been trained to advise customers of all ages on the range of dermo-cosmetic solutions available at your local pharmacy.