Health & Wellness aging

Published on October 13th, 2012 | by Nancy Russ


Do You Have A Lumpy, Worn-Out Mattress?

Babies are born with healthy skin. The skin is pink, soft and hydrated. Moisturizers are not needed and there are no freckles.

Children who have freckles have sun damage. They usually have fair complexions and have had too much sun exposure at an early age. Freckles are the first sign of sun damage.  With continued exposure to the sun, blotchy brown hyperpigmentation takes place.

The epidermis of healthy skin is up to 3 to 4 sheets of paper thick and provides protection from the environment and toxins. A healthy epidermis acts like the smooth top sheet of a freshly made bed.  Cellular turnover occurs when cells migrate from the bottom to the top, renewing the epidermis.

The dermis is up to 40 sheets of paper thick. The dermis provides collagen and elastin for suppleness, firmness and elasticity. If the epidermis is a smooth fresh top sheet, then the dermis is the mattress that supports it.  Damage to the epidermis is caused by aging, the environment and the sun resulting in brown spots, age spots, freckling and wrinkling. Cellular turnover slows down, causing a thick buildup of dead skin cells. The results are uneven texture, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Aging, stress, trauma and hormonal changes damage the collagen and elastin fibers. This weakens the dermis, turning it into a flat, worn-out mattress. It can no longer support the sheets of skin on top. What you see is dull, sagging, lifeless skin and fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Solution

It is imperative that skin protection containing physical blocks such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide be applied to any exposed skin before walking out of the front door, even on a cloudy day.

To increase cellular turnover and improve the texture of the skin or correct imperfections and damage, topicals such as medical grade retinols or AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) should become part of the skin care plan.

For further treatment that goes beyond homecare, a series of medical grade exfoliation treatments may be considered for optimum results.

Please consult a licensed skincare specialist for these treatments and a plan for healthier, more radiant skin.

About the Author

Nancy Russ

attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and Technology. At Cindy Lee Facial and Nail Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida, she earned her Full Specialty License in Skin and Nails. Nancy has over 28 years in the skincare industry and has received additional education and certifications from PCA Skin, ViPeel, Image Skincare, Glytone, NeoCutis, VisaoMD, Obagi, SkinMedica, gloMinerals, Oxygenetix as well as certification in Permanent Cosmetic to include, brows, eyeliner and lips. Her passion lies in helping the patient/client with obtaining healthier skin by coming up with a plan of action that is suitable for the patient/client lifestyle and as well as advanced exfoliation treatments. Nancy is a Paramedical Aesthetician at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Port Orange and Permanent Cosmetic Technician at Salon In The City in Port Orange partnering with her daughter, Sarah King, Paramedical Aesthetician who performs skin care treatments at the Salon. They can be contacted at 386-402-0261.

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