Aggressions of time and everyday life will inevitably leave marks on the skin of our face. It is therefore advisable to adopt a good anti-aging routine to prevent and counter the effects of skin aging. Yes, but some – lost in the words we can read and hear – already seem to have given up on the first signs of aging and think they have missed the boat. But is it really too late? We asked Sylvie Pères, a dermatologist and co-founder of Maison Alaena.
Does age really matter?
Now let’s say: it’s never too late to apply good anti-aging skincare! But more than a question of age, the first thing to do is look at your skin type and pay attention to its needs. Indeed, ‘dry and delicate skin may feel the need to nourish and tone it in advance,’ explains Sylvie Perez. The anti-aging treatment is then appropriate from the 1930s. On the other hand, oily skin with excess sebum and / or some imperfections may later develop fine lines ”.
Moreover, “if wrinkles are a major marker of skin aging, you also need to be careful about the appearance of pigment spots on the skin, loss of volume, firmness or lack of radiance,” explains Sylvie Pères. And continuing: “The effects of time may vary according to each person’s way of life and heredity. They can be located on the forehead, at the corners of the mouth, at the corners of the eyes, but also on the neck and décolleté. Initially superficial, the wrinkles spread and deepen over time.
And if we can treat the signs of aging as soon as they appear, we can also prevent them with a simple gesture: protect yourself from the sun, the first factor in skin aging. Indeed, “the sun is responsible for helioderma, which causes brown spots and dilated vessels, but also sagging skin,” says the expert. Faced with this serious risk of skin aging (not to mention other dangers), it is therefore advisable to use strict sunscreen from an early age, in summer and winter (although the beauty routine is still far from our concerns). In addition, the expert recommends wearing a hat and sunglasses, as well as giving preference to shade to protect the skin.
What good routine to adopt then?
Mature skin often lacks moisture. This phenomenon is explained by a decrease in sebum production and a decrease in cell renewal. “But that’s not all, according to Sylvie Pères. The phenomenon applies to all structures: bone resorption, modification of deep tissues – especially adipose tissue, the appearance of stains … ”. Therefore, it is imperative to deal with all factors. To this end, dermatology advises “to resort to treatments with natural active ingredients – which have a high affinity for skin cells – to provide hydration, but also proteins, vitamins and antioxidants.” According to professionals, polyphenols from plants (in cosmetics or in food) are a good example. Thanks to their antioxidant and anti-radical properties, they slow down the aging process (a physiological process leading to the degradation of cell functions on the threshold of aging, ed.) And stimulate skin renewal ”.
In practice, the expert recommends applying the eye contour, brightening serum and moisturizing anti-aging cream in the morning and in the evening. In this way, the treatments – with different formulas and active ingredients – work in a complementary manner on the different areas to be treated. In addition to nourishing treatments, peels (performed once a week, preferably in the evening) accelerate cell renewal, restore radiance and reduce discoloration. Combine with a moisturizing mask and leave it on overnight.
After choosing the right products, how to use them correctly? First of all, it is worth using an ascending gesture, i.e. always nurture the face from the bottom up, so as not to emphasize the effects of gravity, and thus sagging skin.
As for the delicate and delicate area around the eyes, “we care for the lower eyelid while smoothing from the inside,” says the expert. Then we repeat the same gesture on the upper eyelid. Additionally, to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, gently stroke the area with your fingertips.
Additionally, the dermatologist recommends face massages (even auto-massage) in order to “stimulate cell tissues and reduce skin sagging”. In particular, he mentions a Japanese facial massage called kobido. “It focuses on the muscular areas of the face to provide radiance, shape and color.”
A little accessory?
A healthy lifestyle is an essential part of a good skin care routine. This includes a balanced diet and regular physical activity “outdoors if possible”. To this end, the expert combines “stretching the joints, firming the spine and working on balance”. He also advises “yoga, dance, pilat, qi gong or even tai chi, which, apart from bringing relief, allows for good tissue oxygenation thanks to breathing work and inverted positions”.
Finally, the expert concludes with the words: “Everyone has their own experience of the first wrinkle. However, I like to say that you shouldn’t be ruining your life for this. It is good to put things in perspective and enjoy the development of maturity. It doesn’t mean doing nothing … But it’s good to be cheerful, kind to yourself. ” On good terms!