Typically, your 40s and 50s are when you start to see visible signs of aging in your skin. This is natural—but is it unavoidable? These days, men and women have plenty of options if they want to take control of the visible aging process, especially when it comes to their skin. The enhanced skin care, smart lifestyle choices, and a customized aesthetic treatment plan can combine into a powerful anti-aging strategy that will keep you looking younger. Below, we’ll look at what to expect from aging skin, and the best tips for anti-aging in your 40s and 50s.
Although you can expect some subtle precursors in your 30s, your 40s is when you really start to see major changes in the firmness and appearance of your skin. Your skin is going through many changes in your 40s, which could manifest as dullness, dryness, and skin that’s slower to repair from stress (for instance, blemishes may take longer to go away.) In your 50s, these changes accelerate and skin will feel thinner and less elastic. Hormonal fluctuations could make acne resurface in a way you haven’t had to deal with since adolescence, and excess pigment and signs of sun damage also become more prominent. Here are the most common concerns for people with aging skin:
Sagging skin in your 40s and 50s comes about due to loss of volume and loss of elasticity. Skin elasticity is your skin’s ability to stretch and bounce back; in your youth, your skin contains plenty of collagen and elastin, the proteins which give skin its structure and ability to stretch. As you age, collagen and elastin production starts to decline, leading to decreased skin elasticity which can show up as sagging skin especially in the jawline and neck area.
Wrinkles go hand in hand with skin’s loss of elasticity and volume, and can also be blamed on factors like sun damage. However, they can also be triggered by oxidative stress from things like pollution and a bad diet, which also have an influence on the skin’s healthy production of collagen and elastin.
As skin matures, its ability to renew surface cells slows down, causing a buildup of dead cells on the surface. Slower skin-cell renewal goes deeper than dullness on the surface level, however, which means that as you age you’ll have to do more than exfoliate to maintain a fresh, dewy complexion.
The main culprit of most skin woes in your 40s and 50s is photoaging. Photoaging is damage to the skin caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet light, and it’s responsible for 90% of the visible changes you see in your skin as you age! Photoaging is a direct result of the sun exposure you’ve accumulated throughout your life, and usually needs aesthetic treatment intervention to resolve.
The good news is that all the signs mentioned above can be slowed down and even reversed with proper care and treatment. Even small lifestyle changes can make a big difference if practiced diligently. Good skin care and the right aesthetic treatments can make sure you look great well into your 40s and 50s—maybe even better than you ever did.
It’s never too late to incorporate exercise, a good diet, and enough sleep into your lifestyle. It’s impossible to underestimate how important these things are, not just for your appearance, but for your overall health. Our blog is an excellent resource; here, you’ll find our top tips on diet and exercise, how to de-stress, and what to do if you’ve overindulged. These lifestyle changes will help support the results of any aesthetic treatments you opt for in your anti-aging strategy.
A daily skin care routine is vital at all ages. In your 40s and 50s, you’ll want to give your skin extra care and attention. If you haven’t already, start using products that combat the four common concerns mentioned above: sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and sun damage. Tried and true skin care heroes like hyaluronic acid to treat dryness, Vitamin C to help brighten dark spots, and anti-aging retinol are your best bets for daily use.
While topical skin care is great for maintaining your skin's overall health and appearance, if you want to actively reverse and prevent signs of aging, aesthetic treatments are the only scientifically proven way to act on the visible signs of aging in a lasting way. The earlier you start, the better— doing gentle, consistent treatments in your 40s will set you up for much more youthful-looking skin in your 50s. It will also minimize the need for more invasive procedures later on.
When it comes to aesthetic treatments, you have a lot of options to address the four main concerns of sagging skin, wrinkles, dullness, and sun damage. Or, you could address all four at once in one powerful treatment. TriBella™ facial rejuvenation treatments do just that, combining the latest in advanced anti-aging technologies into one, non-invasive solution. To begin with, a high-intensity photofacial treatment uses Intense Pulsed Light to target the signs of sun damage, fading sunspots, and improving skin’s tone by reducing discoloration. Next, the anti-aging treatment sends energy deep into the skin’s layers to promote collagen and elastin production, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin’s firmness and elasticity. Lastly, a skin resurfacing treatment smoothes uneven skin texture, restoring your skin’s fresh, youthful glow. By combining three unique procedures into one complete skin renewal treatment, the TriBella™ treatment gives highly visible results quickly, and with no downtime. With regular sessions, your skin will stay looking youthful for a lifetime.
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