The foremost cause of aging skin is UV radiation from sunlight. This external photo-aging damage is caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Additionally, as women reach their 40’s, hormonal aging begins due to a decrease in estrogen levels. Lower levels of estrogen lead to collagen loss and a decrease in water retention. As a result, the skin may experience dryness, decreased elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles. Although some causes are inevitable, there are steps one can take to slow down early signs of aging skin.
Tips to Slow Early Signs of Aging
The best anti-aging tip is to apply a daily sunscreen. The sunscreens most effective against aging rays are physical blockers (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide). An SPF of 30+ daily is necessary to slow down the aging process of the skin. Sun protection is the first and most important step in preserving an even skin tone, texture, and overall skin quality.
When it comes to lifestyle factors, smoking is proven to age our skin and bodies and should be discontinued as soon as possible. Smoking directly causes collagen loss and inflammation leading to accelerated aging. Vaping also affects the skin’s quality and appearance.
Adequate exercise, water intake, sleep, and a healthy, low inflammatory diet have a positive effect on skin quality and aging. Eating foods high in sugar and animal fat can cause our bodies to experience an inflammatory process which adds to the work the body must do to repair the cellular stress we experience both endogenously and exogenously. A poor diet can cause you to "age faster" in the body overall, especially when combined with sun exposure.
Beyond behavior modification, an effective anti-aging skincare routine is the key to beautiful skin. Your routine should include a few well-known and researched active ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, a hydrating moisturizer, and sunscreen during the daytime. It is never too early to start an anti-aging skincare routine!
Dr. Zenovia’s Essentials line is designed to help prevent and correct signs of aging with powerful, medical-grade age-targeting skin ingredients including powerful phytoestrogens that support the aging tissue. This line is excellent for all women who want a powerful, medical-grade anti-aging skincare line. Dr. Zenovia’s proprietary REG-ulate360 Complex™ is revolutionary in its approach to support the tissue from a hormonal standpoint and help decrease the cutaneous effect of low estrogen levels and skin aging.
Age Prevention Skincare Routine
The first step in maintaining healthy skin is to use a gentle and effective cleanser in the morning and evening. Dr. Zenovia’s Bakuchiol Hydrating Cleanser is clinically formulated with her proprietary anti-aging REG-ulate360 Complex™ and a powerful antioxidant blend of Green Tea and botanicals to keep the skin bright and hydrated.
The next step is to apply a product with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps the skin maintain an even tone and texture while helping to protect collagen health and brighten the complexion. This ingredient should be applied in the morning for maximum free radical protection. With Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30, the skin is protected from a 360-degree approach. This product is a moisturizer and sunscreen that delivers broad-spectrum mineral protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays, free radical damage, and environmental stress for radiant, even-toned skin. Vitamin C is effective for anyone interested in improving their skin tone and keeping brown spots at bay.
At nighttime, a retinol should be applied to help promote cellular turnover for more youthful-looking, even-toned skin. Dr. Zenovia’s Retinol Recovery Eye Cream offers the benefits of retinol and under-eye hydration. It targets signs of hormonal aging by helping to soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and brighten dark circles.
Lastly, as retinol can be drying, it’s ideal to follow up with an effective moisturizer to help keep the skin barrier hydrated. Moisturizers aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help with smoothing texture and improving tone. Dr. Zenovia’s Peptide + Ceramide Repairing Moisturizer is ideal for even the most sensitive skin on retinol treatments. This facial cream dramatically enhances the skin’s tone and radiance while restoring the look of firm, plump skin.
With proper care, the skin can stay looking youthful long after menopausal hormonal changes.