What Kind of “Ager” Are You?

pigmentation1The first step to great skin is knowing why skin goes south and identifying your top challenges. Experts point to three types of skin agers: Splotchers, Wrinklers, and Sinkers. Decide what kind of “ager” you are and follow these new solutions for a forever-young face!

SpoltchersWhat you see and why:
Uneven pigmentation and large freckles that usually appear in your mid-late 30s on the face, upper chest and hands. Melanin, a protein that gives skin color, is produced by cells called melanocytes. When aggrevated by sun exposure, hormones, or certain medications, cells can multiply, resulting in an overproduction of melanin and uneven pigmentation.

What you can do:
If the spots are relatively new, the pigmentation is likely within the top layers of skin. These spots are very treatable at home with products laced with vitamin C and retinol. (Try SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex and SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex) If you have sensitive skin, try products like Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector and NIA24 Depigmentation Spot Repair with niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that has been show to reduce darkspots and wrinkles. At-home Glycolic acid peels, like biopelle Exfoliating Home Peel Plus 15% Glycolic Acid, can instantly brighten the skin.

WrinklersWhat you see and why:
Typically, fine lines around the eyes are the first to appear. Later on, you may see deeper demarcations around the mouth and furrows on your forehead. With each birthday the dermis (the deepest layer of skin) get thinner leaving it more prone to wrinkling. Fine lines can be even more obvious in drier skin types. Anyone with a history of sunbathing or sunburns have put out the welcome mat for deep creases.

What you can do:
Wear a daily moisturizer with SPF and antioxidants like kinetin, a plant-based ingredient that smooths lines. We recommend Pro+Therapy MD Advanced Ultra Light Day Repair SPF 30. At night go for retinoids, which help iron out wrinkles.

SinkersWhat you see and why:
You’re in your mid-20s, early 30s and skin is less supple than it use to be. You notice a hollowing under your eyes and your cheeks are not as round. Collagen exists naturally in your skin as a structural support. As collagen begins to break down, your skin becomes weaker, and sagging can set in. The effects tend can appear greater and faster on women with smaller facial bone structure.

What you can do:
Look for creams with ceramides, such as Celfix DNA Ceramide Renewal Nourishing Cream and Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair, that help maintain the lipid barrier, giving skin support. Another ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid, which binds with water and plumps the skin reducing the appearance of lines, bags, and sags. We think you’ll like Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask. At night, reach for creams that contain strengthening peptides, like Cellex-C Advanced-C Skin Tightening Cream and DDF Advanced Firming Cream.The SkinMedix Team

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