What’s the Skinpact? By Dr. Kathy Fields
Madonna will be celebrating her 55th birthday on August 16. The reigning queen of reinvention is a good reminder of the importance of changing things up over time, especially when it comes to your skincare routine.
As your body’s largest organ, skin is not static. It’s constantly reacting to environmental factors and biologic changes, such as lifestyle, climate and age. As it changes, it’s critical to adapt your skincare routine along with it.
Lifestyle – While aging is inevitable, your daily behaviors influence 80% of how you look at each birthday. Everything from sun exposure, smoking and excessive alcohol intake to diet, stress and sleep plays a critical role in shaping the future of your skin. Complement your skincare routine with healthy habits like daily sun protection, sleeping on your back and wearing sunglasses for great skin to last a lifetime.
Climate –Temperature, wind, humidity and even altitude affect your skin, nails and hair and impacts the efficacy of your skincare products. In regions of low humidity, skin is dehydrated, dull and flaky. Dry, windy climates suck moisture from the epidermis, magnifying the appearance of lines and wrinkles. High altitude cities filter less UV radiation, generating more free radicals to prematurely age skin. To look your best, make sure you are constantly evaluating your environment and adapting your skincare routine accordingly.
Age –With every passing year, your skin functions a little bit differently. In a young person, the epidermis completely renews itself every month. It’s why young skin always looks so fresh and rosy. Over time, skin cell turnover slows, so much so that by the time you’re forty, it could take 50 days or more for skin to rejuvenate. And when dead cells don’t slough off as rapidly, skin gets thicker, appearing almost stale, and dead cells pack into pores, making them look larger. Compensate for this change by incorporating regular exfoliation into your routine, which will assist the natural shedding process to reveal newer, fresher skin cells below. Regardless of the date on your passport, daily skincare is a must for great skin at every age.
Occasionally taking inventory to see what’s working—and what needs “reinvention”—will keep your skin in tip-top shape. Most important, remember: It’s never too soon, or too late, to change your skin’s destiny.