Friday, June 21, 2013

Sensitive Skin Care After Age 40

Sensitive Skin Care to Prevent Aging
Once you reach the age of 40, the whole body begins to show signs of change.  The most visible changes may be in your skin.  Fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and even acne may show up.  Many brands of skin care may offer solutions, but if you have sensitive skin, the promises they make on the label, may end up making your skin irritated and age quicker.  Learning how to manage the changes you see after age 40, can help prevent premature aging.  Sensitive skin care should focus on non-irritating ingredients.

Choices on Store Shelves and Recommended by Dermatologists
Of course botox is used by hundreds of thousands to fight aging.  Dermatologists may prescription creams to help stimulate collagen containing retinoid.  Chemical peels and laser treatments are also available to delay aging.

These types of treatments typically have side effects that may affect your sensitive skin, or spread to other areas on your body.  Some of the side effects include:

1.  Botox (botulinum toxin type A)

  • Itching, swelling, rash

2.  Retinoid creams

  • Redness
  • Burning, stinging
  • Increased sunburn potential

3.  Chemical peels literally peel away top layers of your skin

  • For a few days or weeks, you may experience redness and soreness
  • Phenol peels have the most side effects and risks, including permanent scarring

4.  Laser treatment

  • Redness, swelling, itching
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Breakouts
Safer Options for Sensitive Skin
As with the whole body, daily care of your skin can help prevent premature aging.  Sensitive skin does require use of non-irritating ingredients.
  • Use a gentle cleanser free of sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Alcohol free toner helps close pores and is the final step in cleansing
  • Weekly exfoliating scrub that is gentle (with fine pumice) helps remove surface dead cells, allowing healthy cells to move to the top layer of your skin
  • Facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud revitalizes dull complexion
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Protect your skin from sun's UV rays
  • Hydrate with a sensitive skin moisturizer


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