Wrinkle-Busting Skin Care Tips for Boomer Women

by Annette Pinder

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Time brings plenty of changes, but the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics—sunscreen and moisturizing—are important for skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care strategies to ensure that their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible. “Fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration are only the most visible symptoms of aging skin,” says Samuel Shatkin, M.D. “Others are less obvious but every bit as damaging. Dehydration, loss of elasticity and slower cell regeneration also affect skin health, and how good you look at any age.” If you’re a baby boomer, updating your skin care routine is important. 

Below are some skin care secrets Dr. Shatkin recommends for every boomer woman.

It’s not the number of years, it’s how well you‘ve cared for your skin during those years.  Age causes skin changes. Cell turnover and renewal slows down, skin cells retain less moisture, and skin becomes more sensitive. Taking care of your skin involves moisturizing, exfoliating and using sun block to help skin stay healthier and more youthful longer. “As we age, lifestyle habits start catching up to us, some of which have been decades in the making before we see the visible effect,” says Dr. Shatkin. “While it can seem as if a wrinkle appears overnight, there is no fountain of youth or instant cure.”

It’s never too late to start taking better care of your skin, and to enhance skin health. For wrinkles and fine lines, look for products that contain firming ingredients that will help stimulate collagen production, antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage, and smoothing ingredients to encourage cell renewal.  

There are other treatments available to help improve skin quality.These include collagen induction techniques performed by skin care specialists in the form of micro-needling, chemical peels, and laser treatments, which can all help to rebuild lost structure and support of the skin. Dr. Shatkin emphasizes, “Jump starting treatments in a plastic surgery skincare office using the latest non-invasive techniques, in conjunction with a coordinated at home regimen, can help to turn back the clock in a systematic manner.”

He adds, “We focus on nutrition for the body as well as the skin, and recommend that products rich in Vitamin C and A be applied topically to the skin.”  

The clear message for baby boomers is to be proactive in preventing skin aging, and to realize that it is never too late to turn things around. Dr. Shatkin believes that seeking out a plastic surgeon with ateam of skin care professionals can help bring back that youthful glow. He points out, “As Mae West once said, you’re never too old to look young.”

Samuel Shatkin Jr., M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon at the Aesthetic Associates Centre for Plastic Surgery, Advanced Skin Care and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Amherst NY at 2500 Kensington Avenue, Amherst, New York 14226. Call 716-839-1700 to make an appointment. Learn more at www.drshatkin.com.