As our skin matures, the focus shifts from prevention to maintenance. For women approaching menopause, hormones once again come into play. With dropping estrogen levels, women see a decrease in hydration, suppleness, thickness, and the ever-desired, healthy glow. As we age, it is important to hydrate, nourish, and protect our increasingly delicate skin.

Forties

Make Your Products Do More

By now, the chances are good that you have amassed a number of skin care products. Instead of applying countless creams and serums, look for a product with more than one active ingredient.

Our favorite: Skin Medica’s TNS Essential Serum. An all in one rejuvenating serum, TNS Essential Serum is chock-full of skin strengthening peptides and brimming with antioxidants. Somewhat of a miracle serum, TNS Essential Serum minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone, and smooths the skin texture. Evidence to its greatness, 92% rated their skin as looking healthier and more youthful.

Restore Volume

A telltale sign of aging, by forty, facial volume has decreased in many of our patients. The cheeks, eye sockets, temples, lips, and the jawline all commonly lose their natural definition. Similarly, a loss of facial fullness exaggerates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Facial fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane mimic the body’s own hyaluronic acid to restore fullness and volume to the face.

Skin Tightening

Just as we lose facial volume, over the years, our skin more and more loses its natural elasticity—causing the skin to stretch and oftentimes, unattractively hang. At Northwest Face, we love Pellevé. A non-surgical, non-invasive treatment, Pellevé harnesses the power of radio waves to heat the skin and stimulate new collagen production. A gentle treatment, Pellevé can treat sensitive areas like the eyes, forehead, mouth, and neck. Tight, firm skin also minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Fifties

Kick Start Your Circulation

The older we get, the weaker our circulation becomes. Our bodies are no longer able to transport nutrients as efficiently. Improve circulation by staying active—whether it is a brisk walk, short swim, or a yoga class. Another tip: Drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins from your system.

Treat Sun Spots

With years of sun exposure, you are sure to see the effects of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Not limited to the face, sun spots commonly cover the chest as well as the hands. An advanced chemical peel is strong enough to target and destroy areas of hyperpigmentation. By deeply exfoliating the skin, a chemical peel enlivens your complexion.

Consider Surgery

Aging is inevitable—even for even those of us who have been most diligent about skin care. Cosmetic surgery is a wonderful way to achieve a more youthful appeal. Popular surgeries include eyelid surgery, a facelift, or a neck lift. Each of these procedures work to tighten the underlying facial muscles and trim away any excess skin.

Treat Your Skin Right at Northwest Face

As you look to the future, take note: what can you do to make sure that you age gracefully? To learn more, please schedule a private consultation with us at Northwest Face.

Not quite 40? Make sure to check out our post, Aging Gracefully Through the Decades: Part I