College of DuPage aNursing Student Aimee Masi, who is also a licensed aesthetician, and laser technologist. shared with Healthy Lombard that she is often asked if the creams and potions, or the many treatments that we put on the skin, are the secret to anti-aging? If we strip away all the fancy logos and name brands and review the science, there are only a handful of components necessary to keep skin looking its best. Aside from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, at-home tips and non-aggressive treatments may actually help to slow the progressive disease called, ‘aging.’ To understand what is really successful we first have to understand how skin ages.
As the skin ages, the proteins that keep a tight junction begin to slowly loosen. The exfoliation of our skin and the birth of new, healthy skin cells also begin to slow. As this process takes place, the skin becomes asphyxiated with dead skin cells and cell turnover is reduced. This may cause the skin to look dull and uneven, become rough, and break down faster. The connective tissues that lose the tight bond begin to disintegrate; generally, this is observable under the eyes so an obvious line may be found separating the eyes from the cheeks. The mid-face then falls and sort of adds a ‘parentheses’ around the mouth. Finally, the tissue rotates further down so jowls are formed. While these rotations are happening, the cells that were sun-damaged during our youth have now had the time to climb up to the surface and say “hello” as they present as brown spots. In addition, the muscles between our brows and forehead become more pronounced due to years of deep concentration; staring at books and computer screens, leaving a permanent indentation sort of like that of an angry grouch. Read more