Experts estimate that 75% of people over age 64 have dry skin. This is due primarily to “photo-aging”. Sun damage results in skin that is thinner and that doesn’t retain moisture. Some people just assume that skin becomes dry as a result of natural aging. Much of the loss of moisture in skin is due not to aging, but rather to the cumulative effects of sun exposure.
Most of the time, having this skin type is just annoying. It doesn’t look good and it doesn’t feel good. At mid-life, sun damaged skin gets progressively worse as lines and wrinkles start to appear at an accelerated rate unless properly cared for.
Dry Skin Anti-Aging Skincare Goals:
- Relieve any symptoms of overall dryness, scaly patches of skin, itching, or scaly redness.
- Maintain moisture in the skin.
- Repair damage.
- Rebuild collagen elastin and keratin levels.
One way to ease irritation with dry skin is try to cut back on the amount of time you bathe or shower – some dermatologists even suggest spending no more than three minutes a day in water!
Use the mildest cleanser available. Try to avoid soaps.
Do not aggressively scrub dry skin. Instead use an exfoliating cleanser on your skin to avoid causing irritation.
It is not a good idea to wash your face with tap water … Tap water often contains chlorine, fluoride, and other undesirable chemicals that can irritate dry or sensitive skin. Consider installing a home water filtration unit.
After bathing or showering, do not rub your skin with a towel, instead, softly pat it dry.
Increase the healthy oils in your diet. Everyone can benefit from the Omega-3 oils in cold water fish like salmon. Besides the general health benefits, these oils will help your skin retain moisture.
Use a humidifier… You will see a noticeable improvement in your skin in winter when the indoor humidity is increased.
We could almost combine the top two goals because if we maintain moisture in the skin, then the itching and scaling will disappear. Strategically both of the first two goals require an effective moisturizer that softens and hydrates skin with water and lipids (fats).
Petroleum jelly is a humectant. It creates a barrier that prevents moisture from escaping the skin. It doesn’t clog pores, is very inexpensive and doese the job of sealing moisture in. Since humectants like Petroleum jelly and lanolin do not contain water, they are at their best when there is plenty of moisture in the skin like right after a shower.
This is the best time to use moisturizing oils. After a bath or shower is also a convenient opportunity to oil your legs where dry skin is most needed.
Repair and Rebuild
The program is simple but effective because the complete line of products is safe for dry and sensitive skin and uses potent anti-aging ingredients to
- Re-grow collagen, elastin and skin cells
- Raise levels of Hyaluronic Acid
- Protect from free radicals with Antioxidants.
Cleanse your skin twice a day.
Moisturize day and night.
Enhance once per week.