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Aging Skin! Where to Begin?

Licensed esthetician and skincare specialist Jason Moyer, gives us some advice!

Let’s face it, as we age, our bodies go through so many changes it can feel overwhelming.

Internally we feel the effects of hormone fluctuations. Structurally we feel our muscles, tendons and joints slowly wear down. Outwardly, we see the impact of age on our skin. It's hard to know what to do and where to begin!

When it comes to our skin, we can reverse or slow the aging process. As people of a certain age, especially those who experience perimenopause and menopause, changes to our skin may feel as if they happened overnight! One may suddenly have sensitivity and redness where there was none before. One may start to feel dry when they had a healthy balance of oil before. Or, god forbid, one may begin to get acne!

Thankfully, there are many things that we can do to address the needs of our skin at this age. The first and primary thing to consider is the skin’s natural cell renewal factor (CRF). This refers to how quickly our body produces and replaces skin cells. In our teens, this can take 21-28 days, but once we near and reach 50, this slows down to 42-48 days. Wondering why your skin suddenly looks dull and has an uneven texture? You can thank your slowing CRF.

Is there anything to be done? Of course, but it takes consistency and effort. You are going to want to make sure that you are exfoliating often. You want to slough those dead cells off the surface of your skin so that your body thinks, “Hey, I need to replace those ASAP.” If available, professional facial treatments, including exfoliation, should be scheduled regularly. If not available, don't worry! There are things you can do at home! Using an exfoliating cleanser with AHA or BHAs and/or incorporating a glycolic serum can be super helpful. If you like your skin routine as is, try an at-home peel once a week.

Once you start speeding up the process of your CRF, you want to make sure that those new cells are as healthy as can be. Stay hydrated, maintain a nutritious diet and WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN! Daily use and daily reapplication of SPF is the singular most important thing you can do to improve signs of aging!

Jason Moyer is a Los Angeles based esthetician. After managing multiple beauty businesses for over a decade and embracing their own non-binary identity, Jason became a licensed esthetician so that they could personally curate treatments for all clients, regardless of gender or age. For more information you can visit their website at

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