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  • Treatments and Techniques for Aging Skin

    Bettina ZammertHardly any other issue in skin care is as important as aging. This is little wonder, because the “baby boomer” generation is not willing to simply accept skin aging. Expert knowledge is essential for anyone wishing to advise these discerning customers.

    In the past, it was always assumed that lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation were part of the normal aging process and could not be influenced, or if so, then only slightly. However, new research has shown that over 90% of the changes that we see in our skin are due to exposure to daylight (photoaging), which is something we can protect ourselves against. No more than 10% is due to genetic factors.

    So it is quite clear that the best product to use against skin aging is good daylight protection, every day. It should be included in all home care regimens, and active ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides are “super weapons” in the fight against skin aging.

    Intensive exfoliation is particularly important in professional treatments for aging skin, since it increases the cell renewal rate and improves the absorption of the active ingredients. Many customers experience an increase in hyperpigmentation as they age. Treating this discoloration requires active ingredients that reduce melanin synthesis in the skin to a normal level. Systematic, consistent home is required, in combination with a professional treatment series, to bring about the desired success.

    When treating aging/changing skin, it is extremely important to remain reasonable with regard to expectations. Under no circumstances should you promise your customers any miracles, because you will quickly look unprofessional. Instead, work with your customer to draw up a precise treatment plan and the matching home treatment routine. This will show your customers that you are competent, and the expected treatment success will be achieved even more quickly!

    2 Comments

    • c. patterson Says:

      Could you indicate where the new research was done that determined the the change in sunlight vs genetics for aging skin? Thank you

      June 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    • Bettina Zammert Says:

      we did a bit of research to see where that quote exactly comes from. what we found is that the effect of UV rays on the skin is common knowledge among the skin and medical community but of course differs per individual.
      this book may also give you some more information
      http://books.google.com/books/about/Photoaging.html?id=RvCINU2hOHAC

      On page 33 it says that photoaging is estimated to account for more than 90% of the skins age associated cosmetic problems. The reference is Gilchrest BA clinical features of photoaging differ from those of intrinsic aging. JDERMATOLOGY Treat 1996: 7:S5-S6.

      June 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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