Skin care tips every woman over 50 should know
Cleanse & Hydrate
Cleansing and hydrating are very important skincare steps. Make sure to choose the right cleanser & moisturizer for your skin type. As you age, your skin gets drier. When you cleanse, use lukewarm water instead of hot water.
Use Sun protect
Sun protect is important at any age. Especially when you age, skin might have less natural protection than when you were younger. As we mentioned in an article “The No.1 cause of wrinkle and how to prevent “, sun exposure is the No.1 cause of wrinkle. Try to use SPF 30 or higher anywhere during the day time. Apply once every few hours for higher protection. It can also prevent brown spots.
Minimize wrinkles and brown spots
Consider using eye cream to calm puffiness and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. One of the key ingredients of Argan & Peptide Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Argan Stem Cells reduces wrinkles by 26% by tightening, toning and improving skin density.
Try High Estrogen food
After Menopause, level of estrogen, which helps to produce collagen will become lower. Having high estrogen food will help to make your skin look healthier from inside out. Soy is known for one of the high estrogen food.
Take Beauty Sleep
While you sleep, your skin is undergoing a deep restorative process, expediting the skin’s natural healing and rejuvenating process.
Try Shizuka New York’s Nighttime Anti-Aging Repair 1 & 2 to clean skin on alternating days. These products work together to even out skin tone and texture while targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti-Aging Night Repair 1 contains retinol and Vitamin C to retexturize and brighten skin while you sleep.
Anti-Aging Night Repair 2 contains a powerful blast of vitamins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to smooth, plump, and firm skin.
Good sleep can also prevent dark circles.
Be Stress free
Stress can make your skin dry and sensitive.
Here’s an article about practicing deep breathing to relieve stress, good sleep, and healthy skin.
Cultural Differences in Pubic Hair Removal
In a recent article by a Japanese publication WithNews, titled “The Hair Removal Situation in USA: Is it for “Unexpected Happenings” as well as for for Men & the Elderly?, the author describes the differences among Japanese and American people’s tendencies to care for their pubic hair region. The author concludes that the outcome is largely due to overall cultural differences in hair care and grooming.
The article explains that Japanese people tend to not care as much for pubic hair care maintenance as American people. In American drugstores you are more likely to see hair care products and tools such as razors or hair removal creams more than you would in Japan.
Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of Shizuka new york Day Spa in Manhattan was quoted in the article saying that Americans are culturally more likely to be aware of each others’ body hair just as a cultural consequence of greater everyday physical contact. In this way, it would make more sense that Americans would be more conscious and aware of pubic hair care as well.
“Compared with Japanese people, Many American people have thicker body hair by nature because of the difference of constitution. So the hair removal service is already so commonplace that taking it a step further to cover pubic hair grooming is not a big deal and seems natural.”
The author concludes that there are cultural differences in pubic hair removal. American people tend to be more open-minded when it comes to sex and so it would make sense they would go to greater lengths to care for pubic hair over Japanese people.
When, ideally, should you start a cosmetic treatment?
It depends on both your age and the type of cosmetic treatment you want.
There’s two types of cosmetic treatment – invasive and non-invasive. Invasive treatment, like a facelift, require surgery; non-invasive treatment, like botox or soft-tissue fillers (like Juvederm), do not.
The best time to have a non-invasive cosmetic treatment pretty much depends only on your age, but it varies with the type of non-invasive you want; the best time to have an invasive (surgical) cosmetic treatment on the other hand depends on many more factors, age being but only one.
The Best Time to Have Botox Treatment
When it comes to botox (the most popular non-invasive treatment according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or ASAPS), some experts recommend waiting until your late 30’s or early 40’s, when lines and wrinkles first become noticeable; however, because it takes years for habitual facial expressions to produce noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet, other experts recommend starting Botox around 25 years old, as a preventative measure.
The Best Time to Have a Soft-Tissue Filler Treatment
For soft-tissue fillers (the second most popular non-invasive treatment according to ASAPS), most experts recommend starting no earlier than midlife, to fill in folds and raise sunken areas in the face.
Soft-tissues fillers are effective because some studies suggest that they stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production. There’s even evidence that suggests the more often one uses fillers, the less necessary they become over time.
The Best Time for Laser or IPL Treatment
For low-intensity laser light therapy, or intense pulsed light therapy, to improve the skin’s appearance, doctors generally recommend waiting until one is in their 30s or 40’s, when the negative effects of sun damage and age start to become visible.
Like soft-tissues filler that may trigger natural collagen production in the body, one study found that some light treatments seemed to alter gene expression in older skin so that it began to behave more like younger skin.
The Best Time to Have a Surgical Cosmetic Treatment
For surgical cosmetic treatments, like breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts, you’ll need to consult with a qualified doctor as there are many factors other than age to take into consideration before deciding if a particular treatment is right for you. While there’s no hard age cutoff rule for many surgical treatments, one study (1) did find that the younger a patient was, the less happy they were with the outcome of their surgery.
1. Honigman R.J., Comm B., Phillips K.A, M.D., and Castle D.J. A Review of Psychosocial Outcomes for Patients Seeking Cosmetic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Apr 1; 113(4): 1229–1237.
Out, damned spot! out, I say! ~ Lady McBeth
What are those Damned Brown Spots Anyway?
Brown spots are flat, oval areas of skin that are darker than the surrounding skin – hence called ‘spots’ – and they are typically tan, brown or black. While brown spots develop most often in people with light to fair complexions, those with darker skin can also experience small areas of increased pigmentation.
What Causes Brown Spots?
Prolonged and repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the most frequent cause of brown spots in those that are genetically predisposed. UV light causes brown spots because the skin reacts by increasing melanin production in a localized area; increased melanin production is also how you get a tan to help protect deeper layers of skin from UV rays, but with a tan the distribution of pigment is even. Moreover, because it is UV light rather than the entire spectrum of sunlight that causes brown spots, commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to their development.
While UV light is the most common cause, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from skin injury, certain skin diseases, and certain medications that sensitize the skin to the sun can also cause brown spots.
The development of brown spots usually happens gradually over time. Because of their gradual development, they are sometimes called ‘age spots,’
Where do Brown Spots Occur?
In the case of UV exposure, brown spots usually occur on those parts of the skin that have had the most sun exposure, e.g., on the back of the hands, the top of the feet, on the face, or on the shoulders and upper back.
How Can I Get Rid of Brown Spots?
Before using a laser or IPL to get rid of a brown spot, see your doctor first to make sure the spot is not pre-cancerous or cancerous.
You’ll especially want to see your doctor if you notice that a brown spot has any one or more of these characteristics:
- It is darkly pigmented
- It is rapidly increasing in size
- It is greater than 5mm
- It has an irregular border
- It has an unusual combination of colors
- It is accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding
If your doctor tells you it is safe to remove a brown spot, if you only have 1-2 spots, liquid nitrogen is quite effective. Sometimes, however, more than one treatment may be needed to fully remove a spot and repeated treatment with liquid nitrogen can cause blotchy pigmentation over time.
IPL, on the other hand, is equally effective in removing many brown spots at once while also maintaining skin tone; in fact, the goal of IPL treatments is to make your skin more evenly colored by decreasing the irregular brownish and reddish areas that have developed as a result of aging and sun damage. In addition, IPL also brightens the skin and gives it a more youthful glow.
It should be noted, however, that the effectiveness of IPL in removing brown spots depends somewhat on your skin tone; while IPL can be adjusted to your skin tone, if your skin is too dark, your best bet is to use a Yag or Q-switched Yag laser.
If you ask around, you’ll hear that lasers are “the gold standard” for both hair removal and for treating skin disorders, such as rosacea; however, this “goal standard” reputation really only holds in a few specific cases.
For example, for hair removal, the diode laser at 810nm is extremely effective for any hair color or type; however, unless you have very light or blond hair, IPL is just as effective.
What’s The Difference Between Laser VS. IPL?
A laser produces an intense beam of light composed of one wavelength that targets a specific body structure, e.g., a hair follicle or a red blood cell; IPL (short for ‘intense pulsed light’), on the other hand, rather than producing a sustained beam of light, produces a series of intense short flashes. Unlike a laser, IPL light is composed of many wavelengths, but to target a specific body structure, technicians use filters to narrow the focus of the light.
The main overall advantage of IPL over lasers is efficiency in treating different skin problems: the pulsed light allows for an accumulation of energy (heat) on the target under the surface of the skin while letting the surface of the skin cool and recover between pulses; this, coupled with the use of filters, allows for rapid shifting of frequencies to treat different conditions.
Additionally, IPL can treat a larger area than a laser which results in less treatment time for large areas of rosacea.
So for Rosacea & Veins, Which is Better, IPL or Laser?
You’re far more likely to experience significant treatment outcomes depending on the quality of equipment used and the skill level and experience of the technician than you are on whether or not you use laser or IPL; in fact, controlling for the quality of equipment and the experience level of the technician, major studies have found either no or little difference in treatment outcomes or a small advantage of laser in special cases.
For example, a 2007 study reported in the Annals of Plastic Surgery found no difference between intense pulsed light versus a long-pulse pulsed dye laser in the treatment of facial skin rejuvenation (Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Nov;59(5):479-83); it did find, however, that laser was superior to IPL in the treatment of lentigines. Other studies have found an IPL advantage over pulsed-dye laser in the treatment of facial acne and port-wine stain.
In short, in the right hands, in most cases, both technologies produce excellent results.
What About Bruising After Treatment?
To be on the safe side, you should probably expect some bruising after IPL treatment for rosacea. However, you can reduce the possibility of bruising by not taking blood thinners, like aspirin, Advil or Aleve within a week of your treatment.
Because we see bruising on some clients after IPL treatment for rosacea, we do not recommend IPL (both hair & photo facial) for our clients during summer.
What About Downtime After Treatment?
While there is very little, if any, downtime after treatment, if you work on camera, especially given today’s high definition cameras, you may have a wait a day or so before you become camera ready; however, if you don’t work on camera, you can apply makeup after treatment and then go right back into your normal routine.
What is IPL? It is short for “intense pulsed light” and it describes a class of devices that deliver high-intensity light for a very short duration at frequencies easily absorbed by red blood cells (hemoglobin) or melanin.
The idea behind IPL is that when high intensity light is absorbed by the hemoglobin inside dilated or broken blood vessels, it can reduce the appearance of redness or rosacea. When it is absorbed by the melanin in freckles or age spots, it can lighten them – in some cases, it can even remove them.
IPL is also claimed to improve the look of one’s skin by stimulating collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s tightness and strength.
Yeah, But Does IPL Work?
Worldwide, each year, women and men spend over US $110.3 billion on beauty and skin care treatment products. Given the amount of money spent on skin care, one has to ask how effective are these products and treatments? Most skin care products are not regulated by the FDA because they only make beauty or skin improvement claims, not medical or health claims. However, this doesn’t mean they are ineffective or a waste of money – many are quite effective.
IPL, on the other hand, does make medical and health claims, so it is an FDA approved treatment for certain conditions and problems — our Lumenis M22™ is an FDA approved device; further, because these treatments result in improved skin appearance, IPL qualifies as a beauty treatment product because it improves skin texture, tone and color.
Specific Claims and Evidence
Does IPL Lighten “Sun Spots”, “Age Spots”, And Brown Blotches?
- According to Harvard’s Skin Care and Repair Special Health Report, IPL can effectively diminish sun and brown age spots, freckles, red spots, and dilated blood vessels; additionally, these effects appear to be long lasting, according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center.
- According to the University of Utah’s Health Care site, IPL can effectively diminish freckling and skin discoloration caused by sun damage and compounded by aging.
- According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, IPL is “especially effective” in treating mottling (uneven dark spotting) and dyschromias (hyperpigmentation) caused by sun damage and inflammation from skin injury; additionally, according to a 2008 California State Science Fair project conducted at the University of Southern California under the direction of Dr. Verbin, IPL can reduce a scar’s hyperpigmentation to more “aesthetically pleasing” levels.
Is IPL Effective In Removing Hair?
- A recent review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” by Dr. David J. Goldberg in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology (Jun 2012; 5(6): 45–53) found that IPL “can be used to treat unwanted hair in a variety of anatomic locations,” but its effectiveness varies with both hair color and size: IPL works better on coarse, dark hair rather than on light, fine hair, and it is typically ineffective on blond hair.
- According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, recent advancement in IPL technology have resulted in these devices having increased hair removal effectiveness.
Can IPL Stimulate Collagen?
According to the same review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” in the Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology, IPL has been found to trigger a cytokine reaction in the skin which in turn stimulates the formation of new collagen I, III, and elastin. Because wrinkle reducing collagen creams ‘are a waste of money’, say scientists, this cytokine reaction triggering property makes IPL the only technology currently available that can slow the age related loss of collagen; further, this benefit could be combined with Botox for even better anti-aging results.
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