Aging is a gradual process, but once we hit our 50s, for most people the signs of aging become more pronounced. It might seem like we look older overnight. All along, for the couple of decades leading up to the 50s, skin becomes drier and we lose elasticity and collagen. In our 50s those losses start to accumulate. Drier skin and the reduction of collagen make wrinkles more pronounced. The loss of muscle, bone and fat under the skin also makes lines and wrinkles more dramatic, along with causing sagging skin. Years of exposure to UV rays that increase the amount of melanin in the skin starts to show itself as age spots.
Luckily, there are many different things to do to ward off even these more dramatic signs of aging. After all, if 40 is the new 30, then 50 is the new 40, and you want to look just as good on the outside as you feel on the inside.
Continue to wear sunscreen every day. Whether you’re slathering on sunscreen for a day at the beach, or putting on moisturizer for a day at the office, make sure you have SPF 30 or greater on your face and neck. It might not do away with those age spots that have already popped up, but it can help prevent further damage.
Moisturize. Combat dry skin caused by a decrease in estrogen production by using a moisturizer every day. You can even add in heavier creams at night to lock in moisture.
Try retinols. There are over-the- counter products with retinols, as well as many prescription options. Retinols are derivatives that stimulate the production of new skin cells. These products help reduce the appearance of fine lines and can help with skin discoloration.
Consider a face lift. Whether it’s a mid-face lift, a lower face lift, or a neck lift, these procedures tighten the skin to reduce the effects of aging. As collagen and elastin production decreases, skin loses the plumpness of youth and starts to sag. That along with weakening facial muscles and the pull of gravity cause sagging in the forehead, cheeks and jaw. Facelifts help tighten the skin and minimize wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery. Another area that starts to sag in the 50s is the eyebrows, which causes eyelids to look hooded and heavy. Eyelid surgery removes fat and excess skin to make the eyes less droopy.
Botox and fillers. For a non-surgical alternative, you can look to Botox and fillers to minimize wrinkles and add fullness to the face. In addition to Botox, our professionals at PENTA FPSC also make use of Restylane Lyft, an injectable acid gel that is specifically designed to add fullness to the cheeks and mid-face area.
A more youthful looking appearance can go a long way to improving your self-confidence and overall outlook. Make an appointment for a consultation today by calling 336-768- 3361 to go over what treatments or procedures would be best for you.