Fine lines and wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, dryness, dullness, uneven or pale skin, and skin thinning are key symptoms of the natural aging process. Most of these symptoms are due to a natural loss of vital skin components with age, genetics, sun overexposure and lifestyle factors. The good news is that regardless of the cause or location, proper skincare and lifestyle modifications can greatly minimize these symptoms.
Lines and wrinkles first appear only when our face is in motion. Then, a loss of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and other vital components can cause fine lines to appear whether we smile or frown. This lack of support causes microcollapses of the capillaries, impairs skin nutrition and dehydrates the skin. The slowing collagen production and cellular turnover cause lines to become deeper, wider and more permanent. The most common symptoms are “crow’s feet,” “smoker’s lines”, vertical lines between the eyebrows and horizontal lines on the forehead.
Lip lines and wrinkles are additionally caused by repetitive motions like pursing or puckering lips to drink through a straw or water bottle, or smoke. This creates folds in the skin, which can become permanent creases and vertical lines around the mouth. Nicotine in cigarette smoke dries out the skin and accelerates wrinkle formation and loss of skin tone, earning these wrinkles the name of “smoker’s lines.” Fat, bone, tooth and weight loss also cause a loss of lip and facial volume. Discontinue drinking through straws, smoking and pouting to minimize puckering the lips. To prevent and correct lines and wrinkles wherever they occur, choose products with replenishing marine collagen, caviar and hyaluronic acid found in Pevonia’s Hydrating Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Marine Collagen Cream, Eye Contour and Intensifier – Collagen & Myoxy-Caviar®.
Loose and sagging skin is characterized by a loss of tautness under the chin, along the jawline and on the neck and chest due to a loss of elastin and collagen. Additional symptoms include a “crepey” texture, creases on either side of the mouth and hollowed cheeks and eyes. Marine elastin, sorghum, kombucha and palmitoyl tetrapeptides-3 are ideal ingredients to prevent loose and sagging skin. These can be found in high concentrations in the Intensifier Elastin & Sorghum followed by the Firming Marine Elastin Cream, Eye Contour, lumafirm® Repair Cream – Lift and Glow and lumafirm® Freeze-Dried At-Home Intensifier.
Dry, dehydrated skin also exemplifies aging skin. While young healthy skin is plump, dewy and luminous due to ample oil, all of this changes with aging. Aging skin receives less oil from the body, which normally keeps the skin lubricated. This along with thinning of the outer layer of the skin leads to evaporation of water, called trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin. Menopause further reduces oil production and exacerbates the dehydration. Great Pevonia products to treat this include the Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream and Marine Collagen Cream. The safflower oil in both replenishes the essential fatty acids we lose as we age, while sorbitol hydrates and panthenol soothes. The Myoxy-Caviar® line (Timeless Balm Cleanser, Timeless Repair Lotion, Timeless Repair Serum, Timeless Repair Cream) is also ideal for dry, dehydrated, mature skin.
Uneven, dull looking skin also occurs with aging. This is due to the slowing of the cellular turnover rate, which creates a thicker layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin. In addition, melanocytes, which make pigment (melanin), decrease by 10-20 percent each decade of adult life. So, with sun exposure, the remaining (and larger) melanocytes try to compensate, resulting in age spots and uneven skin tone. Hormonal fluctuations due to menopause also contribute to hyperpigmentation, known as melasma. The best Pevonia products to treat this include the lumablanc® Cream, lumafirm® Repair Cream – Lift and Glow, the entire Micro-Retinol® line and Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® line.
Paleness results with the loss of blood vessels that occurs with menopause and skin aging. This reduces the amount of nutrients reaching the skin’s surface, which further negatively impacts the skin. To keep blood vessels strong and functioning, it is important to choose products rich in collagen such as the Intensifier Collagen & Myoxy-Caviar® and Marine Collagen Cream.
Skin thinning also results due to this lack of nutrition, and slowing of production of vital skin components. Ideal solutions to replenish and re-densify the skin arePevonia’s Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Line (Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Cleanser, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Serum, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Moisturizer) and Micro-Retinol® Line (Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Toner, Micro-Retinol® Essential Serum, Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer).
To get even better anti-aging results, use Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 2-3 times per week to remove dead skin cells and encourage serums and moisturizers to penetrate as deeply as possible.
To complement your home care regimen and dramatically reverse the lines, wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, crepiness, and other aging symptoms, schedule a specialty treatments at a Pevonia spa. You will be glad you did! Tip: A series of professional treatments is always recommended and may be alternated.