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Anti-Aging Over 40: Prevention Tips and Treatment Options


Did you know that starting at around age 20, everyone produces approximately 1% less collagen each year? By the time we reach your 40s, our skin has lost about 24% of its collagen. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin firm and elastic, and as we age, our bodies produce less of it, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin, especially in women. 

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that women lose around 30% of skin collagen in five years after menopause. However, there is no need to fret, as there are many ways to slow down the aging process and keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. In this article, we will explore the causes of aging skin, prevention methods, and some tips on how to incorporate a daily skincare routine that will help your skin continue to look radiant.

While this article spells out some important information about aging, we highly recommend you read the full article, here are the key points we will focus on:

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What Causes the Skin to Age?

Skin aging is a natural process that occurs due to various reasons, including genetics, sun exposure, and not incorporating a daily skincare routine at a young age. According to research, genetics account for up to 60% of the visible signs of aging, while environmental and lifestyle factors account for the remaining 40%. This means that while genetics play a significant role in how our skin ages, lifestyle choices can also greatly impact our skin’s health and appearance. 


Sun exposure is also one of the primary culprits when it comes to skin aging. UV rays can damage collagen and elastin fibers, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging. Additionally, environmental pollutants and toxins can cause free radical damage, leading to premature aging. Other lifestyle factors that have a negative impact on skin health include smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, and failing to include a daily skincare regimen with products that keep the skin protected and hydrated. 

How to Prevent Aging Skin?

As you age, the minor signs of aging that begin in your 30s tend to progress and become more noticeable without proper treatment. This can result in cosmetic issues such as bulges, wrinkles, and visible veins, which are common in people in their 40s. However, the good news is that several things can be done to prevent the skin from aging. Furthermore, with advancements in technology, many of these issues can be treated later on in life with the help of skincare products and minimally invasive procedures. Bryn Mawr Dermatology (BMD) offers a wide range of cosmetic services and products that cater to individuals belonging to every age group. 

Non-surgical options, such as Botox, Laser therapy, Eurothread Lift, etc, are amongst the various different treatments offered at BMD. Along with procedural treatments, BMD also has a range of skincare products including anti-aging serums , sunscreen and other skin hydrating products that contribute in achieving youthful looking skin. 

How Should I Start Incorporating a Skin Care Routine?

It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin to prevent further skin aging. If you don’t already have a daily skincare routine, here are a few simple tips to help you maintain healthy looking skin for years to come.


  • Cleanse your face twice a day: Cleansing your face twice a day helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup that can accumulate on your skin throughout the day. These substances can clog pores and contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Cleansing also helps to stimulate blood flow to the skin, promoting the growth of new cells and improving overall skin health.


  • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliating regularly helps to remove dead skin cells that can build up on the skin’s surface and make it appear dull and lifeless. It also promotes cell turnover, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 


  • Use a serum: Serums are highly concentrated formulations that contain active ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin to address specific skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. 


  • Moisturize daily: Moisturizing daily helps to keep the skin hydrated and supple, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protects the skin from environmental stressors that can contribute to aging, such as pollution and harsh weather conditions.


  • Apply sunscreen: Sunscreen is essential for preventing damage from harmful UV rays, which can cause premature aging, sunspots, and other skin damage. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even when it’s cloudy or you’re indoors, is crucial for maintaining healthy skin.


  • Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. It helps to flush toxins from the body and keep the skin moisturized.


  • Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being, but it’s also essential for maintaining vibrant skin. During sleep, the body produces collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure and other environmental stressors.


  • Eat a balanced diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can provide the nutrients and antioxidants that are essential for healthy skin. These foods contain vitamins and minerals that promote collagen production and help to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors.


  • Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the most significant contributors to premature aging. It causes oxidative stress, which can damage collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of aging. Quitting smoking can help to prevent further damage and improve overall skin health.


  • Manage stress: Stress can cause the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that can contribute to premature aging. Managing stress through relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help to reduce cortisol levels and improve skin health. 


These tips are just the beginning of a comprehensive skincare routine that can help slow down the aging process. For more information and advice, contact us at Bryn Mawr Dermatology to get personalized advice and treatment. 

Why Choose Bryn Mawr for All of Your Skin Care Needs?

At Bryn Mawr Dermatology, we value our patients’ skin health and prioritize their care. We offer a range of non-surgical options to help our clients prevent and treat aging skin and also provide a list of recommended products that help in preventing aging. Additionally, our team of experienced dermatologists offers personalized treatment plans and uses the latest technology to provide the best possible outcomes. Additionally, our state-of-the-art facility is designed to make you feel comfortable and at home.

If you have any questions about skincare or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our dermatology team at 610-410-9219 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to caring for you and helping you get one step closer to luminous and fresh looking skin. 

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