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Dermatologist Q&A: Tips for Aging Skin

Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute. Whether we like it or not, our skin is aging right now. Seriously, as I’m typing this, a wrinkle is probably forming. But, that’s OK! It’s a part of life and something we all are going to go through. But, that doesn’t mean I have to sit in the dark when it comes to what’s good and bad for my skin. Especially at this point in my life. I reached out to Lubriderm’s first Hispanic Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas to answer a few of my questions and give us her tips for aging skin. 

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I’m in my mid 30′s and I’ve noticed some changes in my skin. What are some of the normal changes I can expect?

Adult female patients may start noticing the effects of sun damage on their skin, such as discoloration, sun spots, and fine lines.

What’s the #1 myth or misconception about our skin as it ages?

The fact that you can start suffering from acne at any time during adulthood, even if you never suffered from it during adolescence.

We know that everyone has different skin types, but is there one (or two) universal guidelines we should be following when it comes to skincare?

Everyone should use a face moisturizer with SPF 30 in the morning and also moisturize their entire skin daily after shower.

LUBRIDERM® is a trusted Brand, developed by dermatologists, that offers several options for different types of skin. There are options for normal and dry skin, as well as those for sensitive skin, which are free of certain ingredients and fragrances that could potentially irritate the skin. LUBRIDERM Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is great because you can protect your arms/chest from daily sun exposure. Also, most skin care regimens should include a product with antioxidants (i.e. vitamin C) and/or retinoids.

What foods should I be eating to help maintain healthy skin?

A balanced diet and keeping hydrated is always the golden rule. Food/beverages rich in antioxidants (i.e. green tea) help maintain and improve the overall health of your skin.

What skincare routines or practices should I change (or stop all together) now that I’m in my mid 30′s.

This answer would vary for each individual. Overall, I’ve noticed patients tend to keep using acne cleansers even though they’re not suffering from acne anymore, because they feel these products give them a more “clean feeling”. Truly, if you don’t have acne-prone skin, you should use gentle cleansers to avoid drying up your skin. Also, avoid daily use of face scrubs. Obviously, sun tanning is never recommended, not only because its association with skin cancer but also to avoid discoloration and early aging of your skin.

Share your favorite tips for aging skin below!

About Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas

Dr. Rivas, an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, received her Medical Doctor Degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and performed her residency at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“As a dermatologist, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with LUBRIDERM® and to represent a brand that has stayed true to itself over the decades by developing specially designed lotions with a clean, fast-absorbing formula for healthy-looking and comfortable skin,” said Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas.