With more than 70 million baby boomers in the United States poised to join the ranks of those aged 65 and older in coming years, this generation has embraced a new twist on aging gracefully. These individuals don’t think of themselves as old, and in many respects, they are not, at least not in the same sense their parents were after they passed the 65-year mark.
In addition to wanting to remain vital and active, boomers are increasingly expressing a desire to look as young as they feel. The result is a growing population expected to live longer than any preceding generation and to look better doing it. Many boomers are turning to less invasive, more natural procedures to avoid the downtime and drastic changes in appearance associated with plastic surgery. Almost miraculously, it’s possible to look much younger than one’s years, using non-invasive treatments such as microcurrent for facial rejuvenation.
Vitality at Any Age with Microcurrent
Every cell of your body has electrical properties that begin to slow down due to aging, diet, medical problems and environmental damage. As you progress in age, your facial muscles become accustomed to certain dynamic expressions and tend to get fixed in these positions. You can see an example of this in the furrow that may develop between your eyebrows. At the same time, other muscles of your face are used less frequently, and they begin to atrophy which can lead to sagging skin. You can see an example of this as loss of definition around your jaw line and neck and even in the drooping or jowls that may form in the lower part of your cheeks. The reduction in cellular activity that comes with age leads to a breakdown of elastin and collagen which your skin needs to look plump and youthful. Microcurrent facials, like Spatique’s Bio-Lift, can provide your skin with a reboot to give you vitality at any age. Microcurrent uses low levels of electrical current that mimics the body’s own natural current. It can help reduce the overall appearance of aging by re-training and toning facial muscles. At a cellular level, microcurrent stimulates activity in cells to increase adenosine triphosphate (ATP) up to 500%. ATP is the “energy of life” and drives a number of biological processes, including production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the vital proteins needed to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
Skin’s Graceful Aging
Proper skin care at home in conjunction with microcurrent facials can help prevent the signs of aging. Here are some healthful tips for caring for maturing skin.
- Protect Your Skin
The most important thing you can do for your skin is to consistently use sunscreen. This means daily, rain or shine. Whether skiing the Colorado Rockies, swimming the Pacific Ocean, or just walking to your car for a lunch break, sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine. Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging. Consider buying makeup or moisturizer with at least an SPF of 15 to ensure constant protection. To protect you from the full range of ultraviolet rays, look for products containing at least one of these ingredients: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.
- Keep it Moist
Depending on where you live, you may not give much credence to using moisturizer, but it is a critical piece of the puzzle for maintaining great skin. Avoid traditional drug store finds in favor of a professionally recommended product by your Skin Therapist. If you don’t spend money on anything else, spend it on a good moisturizer. A gentle cleanser (not bar soap) and an alcohol-free toner will round out your basic skin care plan. In general, it’s a good idea to stick with one product line since products are usually designed to work synergistically.
- Don’t Overdo It
In our zeal to clean our skin, we often overdo it. Just as you shouldn’t exfoliate too often (no more than twice a week), you should also avoid over scrubbing your face, even with just water and a washcloth. Your skin is fragile; treat it as such. It pays to leave the serious exfoliation to your professional Skin Therapist and go gently on your skin at home.
- Watch What You Eat
The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. This means natural, unprocessed foods with high antioxidant and vitamin contents (in other words, fruits and vegetables). Strive to replace processed breads and cereals with whole-grain alternatives that contain fiber. Eliminate or go easy on caffeine and sugar. Aim for drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
See an Expert
Working with a skin care professional will help establish a good base of knowledge about how to care for your skin. Having an expert who knows you, your skin and your health history will help address changes going forward. For example, if you change climates, your skin’s needs will also change. The same is true with the changing seasons.
The seasons of your life will bring yet more changes to your skin care needs. Talking to a Skin Therapist at Spatique will help guide you through those changes, give you proactive self-care steps and show you how microcurrent facials can help you prevent aging. Growing older doesn’t have to mean growing old!
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