Aging Skin

Why our skin ages and how to treat aging skin


Adjective [ag•ing]

Skin changes visibly as we age. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dark spots are all signs of visible aging. This can happen two ways: naturally over time (intrinsic) or due to outside factors (extrinsic), such as sun exposure, pollution, smoking, alcohol use and other lifestyle choices.

Mild facial wrinkling, expression lines, and dry, sensitive skin are likely a result of intrinsic aging. Extrinsic factors are responsible for 85% of visible aging.

When treating visible facial aging, you’ll want to use products that treat both existing conditions and also protect the skin from future damage.

Signs of aging:

Fine LinesFine Lines

Fine lines:

Fine lines form naturally over time as collagen production slows and skin hydration decreases.

Thinning SkinThinning Skin

Thinning skin:

Thinning of the skin occurs due to dropped estrogen levels when we age. It is also sped up by UV exposure.

Dry skinDry skin

Dryness and Dehydration:

Dryness and dehydration occurs naturally over time. Dryness will increase with prolonged use of aggressive topical products, improper cleansing, and sun exposure.

Deep wrinklingDeep wrinkling

Deep wrinkling:

Deep wrinkling is normally caused by outside factors. Smoking, repeated facial expressions, and UVA rays all play a factor.

Sagging and laxitySagging and laxity

Sagging and laxity:

Sagging and laxity is caused by both international and external factors. Shrinking of the bones and loss of fat tissue allows the skin to sag naturally over time.



Hyperpigmentation is a result of sun exposure, hormones, and inflammation.

Spider veinsSpider veins

Spider veins:

Spider veins become more visible as the skin thin and becomes more transparent with age.

rough skinrough skin

Rough skin:

Coarsening of skin is caused by a buildup of dead skin cells.

Younger skin:

  • Skin is fuller, supported by full collagen production
  • Lack of fine lines and wrinkles from elastin support and collagen production
  • Even skin tone
  • Healthy glowing skin

Older skin:

  • Collagen and elastin breakdown and their production decreases
  • Fine lines and wrinkles appear due to a lack of collagen and elastin support
  • Cell turnover rates and hydrating components decrease, leading to dry, flaky skin
  • Sun-induced skin discolorations often occur

Guide to preventing aging skin

Prevention is key. Always protect your skin from sun-damaging rays that can lead to discoloration of the skin, wrinkles, sagging and, in some cases, even cancer. Broad-spectrum sun protection like Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, can shield the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Introduce antioxidants like C&E Advanced into your skincare regimen. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals and reduce signs of aging.

Never go to bed without washing your face. When you sleep without washing your face,makeup,dirt and debris can trap environmental pollutants and dirt inside the skin, which causes pre-maturing skin. It can also interfere with natural shedding of the skin, which can lead to a dull, dry complexion. Cleansers like Facial Wash cleanse the skin without stripping away natural oils.

Hydration is key to the overall health of your skin and your body. The skin is the largest organ in your body and needs to be constantly replenished. Water not only can help your skin maintain elasticity, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, but it can help flush out toxins and keep your skin pH balanced.

Dry skin can not only look dull and uneven but can lead to an unhealthy barrier function. Using a physical or chemical exfoliant like our Pore Refining Treatment can dramatically smooth and soften the skin by sloughing away surface build up. Always follow up with your daily moisturizer to lock in moisture and replenish your skin.

Always cleanse your skin in an upward motion. Never rub serums, but pat and press them into the skin. Be gentle with your skin!

Cocktailing is the art of blending two or more products to amp up the beauty benefits, and streamline your beauty routine by combining steps. Combining toners, serums, and skincare treatments is an easy way to cocktail to your own skincare needs. Want an exfoliating at-home treatment? Mix and whip together Nutrient Toner with Dry Skin Relief Bar® for a two-minute anti-aging treatment.

Last and most importantly, relax! Negative stress can trigger hormones in your body that can lead to premature aging and trigger flare-ups in the skin.

What you can do about aging skin

Age Control [Dry]


This regimen helps  minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles, while strengthening and firming normal to dry skin. The products included were selected by studying the intrinsic and extrinsic factors responsible for the visible signs of aging skin and by combining best-in-class ingredients.

Step 1 Cleanse: Creamy Cleanser

Step 2 Tone: Nutrient Toner

Step 3 Spot Treatment: ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum

Step 4 Correct: Total Strength Serum

Step 5 Hydrate: Collagen Hydrator

Step 6 Protect: Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Step 7 Eyes: Ideal Complex® Revitalizing Eye Gel


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