As you probably know, as we age, our skin produces less oil, so it becomes drier. Our skin cellular turnover slows down and our skin produces less elastin and less collagen. So we start to see fine lines and wrinkles. And our skin loses its firmness.Whilst these things are natural and in most cases irreversible, there are some things we can do to maintain the health of our skin as we age.
The skin needs essential fatty acids to maintain the integrity and health of the skin cell membrane. They aid in moisture retention through the health of the skin barrier, and they also promote and support the production of collagen, which can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The body doesn't naturally produce essential fatty acids, which means it needs to be obtained through diet or through your skin.
If you've avoided skincare oils until later in life, when you're noticing that your skin is drying out, then introducing a skincare oil can have immediate and obvious benefits for your skin. Additionally, if you've always cleansed your skin with a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin, you may have damaged your skin's moisture barrier, meaning that your skin is already slightly dry.
Removing the aggressive cleansers and introducing skincare oils to your routine will improve your skin in a couple of ways. To start with, your skin barrier will start to repair, which means that your skin is able to retain moisture naturally. And secondly, your skin will immediately benefit from the introduction of the essential fatty acids, such that you'll see an immediate reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles that are starting to appear.
I see this all the time in women who've never used a skincare oil before and then introduce one to their routine to try and deal with the dryness they're experiencing in their skin later in life. They see an immediate improvement in the texture and the fine lines and wrinkles on their. As their skin soaks up and utilises the beneficial properties readily available in their oil.
Using a guasha to assist with lymphatic drainage can also help to reduce puffiness, as can the introduction of facial icing. I hope this has been helpful. Please reach out if you have any questions.