I have so many patients who will point to something on their body and say, “It was never like this before.” The fact is, our bodies MAINTAIN in our 20s, but after that, it takes WORK to keep your muscle, keep your skin texture, and keep your mobility and health as much as possible.

As we age, our bodies undergo several changes that should motivate us to keep up with our skincare and exercise:

1. Reduced collagen production: With age, our skin’s collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Skincare helps to replenish moisture and stimulate collagen production, while exercise improves blood circulation, promoting healthier skin.

2. Thinning of the skin: As we age, the skin becomes thinner, making it more prone to damage and bruising. Skincare routines that include protective measures like sunscreen can help shield the skin from harmful UV rays, while exercise can improve skin thickness by enhancing blood flow and promoting cell regeneration.

3. Decreased muscle mass and bone density: Aging often results in loss of muscle mass and bone density, leading to decreased strength and increased risk of fractures. Regular exercise, particularly strength training, and weight-bearing exercises, helps maintain muscle mass and bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and improving overall physical function.

  1. Slower cell turnover: The rate of cell turnover decreases as we age, resulting in dull, uneven skin tone and texture. Skincare products containing exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinoids can help promote cell turnover, revealing smoother, more radiant skin. Exercise also boosts circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells and supporting healthy cell turnover.

5. Diminished hormone levels: Aging is often accompanied by hormonal changes, such as decreased estrogen levels in women and testosterone levels in men. These hormonal fluctuations can affect skin elasticity, moisture levels, and overall appearance. Skincare routines tailored to address specific hormonal concerns, along with regular exercise, can help mitigate the effects of hormonal changes on the skin and body.

A good skincare regimen and continuing to exercise play crucial roles in maintaining the health and vitality of our bodies as we age. By incorporating these practices into our daily routines, we can support our skin’s natural functions, preserve muscle mass and bone density, and promote overall wellness as we navigate the aging process. Sunrise Skin and Wellness is here to support you along your journey to wellness.