It’s no secret that the sun is your fiercest enemy…
For those of you over 60, if you could turn back time on your face and look like you did in your youth, would you? While it’s important to accept that age is not ugly, there’s nothing wrong with saying “yes” to that question, and to be sure, it would probably be a no-brainer for a lot of people. So, then, the real question is: how? It may not be terribly hard to decide whether you’d do it or not if you could, but can you? And if so, how? Well, the answer to the first question is a resounding “yes,” and the answer to the second is what we’re going to explore today.
There’s actually quite a lot you can do yourself with topical skincare. Injections, surgeries, and other intensive treatments at the hands of a dermatologist are all well and good if you desire to seek them out, but if you’re afraid of needles and scalpels, see what you can do yourself, with over the counter products combined with a dermatologist’s guidance and prescriptions, if necessary.
Retinol is always a solid option, and is oft hailed as one of the best, if not the best topical anti-ager out there. It can boost your cell turnover rate, help improve the appearance of wrinkles, help build up collagen overtime, and work to gradually diminish sunspots. That said, retinol is tricky and is a huge potential irritant. You definitely want to start at a very small dose and increase it a little bit every week. You will gradually develop a tolerance to retinol, which is good, because if you use a big dose of retinol before you can tolerate it, it will cause your skin to inflame and flake bigtime. But if you use it properly and increase gradually to build tolerance, you can reap the benefits of retinol without the drawbacks. Your best bet is to find a night cream with retinol in it, because it can break down when exposed to light. That said, retinol in your day cream isn’t completely useless either; while its effectiveness is somewhat diminished, it still works at least some of its magic before it faces.
Vitamin C is specifically great for gradually fading out age/sun spots and hyper-pigmentation. Moisturizers and serums with vitamin C are very effective at this purpose. And of course, always, always always use sunscreen. Make sure it’s broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, and use it 364 days a year, because UV rays don’t care about clouds; they pierce right through, and they’re invisible.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going in for a specialized treatment. In addition to the familiar botox injections and intensive chemical peels, new, promising treatments are emerging, like platelet-rich-plasma shots, which involve removing a small amount of your own blood, the platelets extracted, and re-injected to targeted areas, causing impressive, if not immediate, plumping effects after a few weeks. Another promising new treatment involves the use of ultrasound to stimulate collagen production in your skin, which promises long-lasting anti-aging benefits and is minimally invasive.
Keep in mind that new treatments carry risks, and you should consider carefully and chose wisely with this sort of thing, as many dermatological treatments are relatively untested, long-term effects are uncertain, and their effectiveness is uncertain, if promising.