The second Sunday in May is a yearly celebration honoring motherhood. As we reflect on this beautiful occasion, one might pause to appreciate the aging process that accompanies the wisdom of our years. As time passes, so comes wisdom and its fellow traveler–the associated lines, wrinkles and changes in skin tone that show on our face. Some cultures believe the face is a blueprint of our inner nature. Really? The aging face is a result of oxidative stress caused by genetics, unprotected sun exposure, lack of proper nutrition and environmental pollutants. Skincare is the largest of the six categories identified by the global cosmetic industry, and, according to the latest market research from Lucintel, the industry’s forecast for 2017 will reach $265 billion dollars. You can’t help but recognize the youthful elixirs front and center in department stores, with the disguised young and pretty faces selling a ‘hope.’
So what is a mother to do? A great way to begin is to be an example for your children– apply sunscreen to exposed areas daily and eat a healthy and well balanced diet with plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits. Many of us believe that our skin is only affected on hot days when the UV radiation levels are high. Not true. Our skin is just as vulnerable in the winter when there’s more particulate matter in the air. Soot and diesel exhaust are just a couple of examples of environmental pollutants that bind to our skin and can activate the genes causing aging, so wash your face two times a day, especially before bedtime, to remove any dirt, oil, makeup or chemical build-up.
With all the skincare products available, it is difficult to select products to address our concerns! You may want to start by consulting your physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to design a plan that works with your lifestyle to achieve the results you want. Don’t be afraid to ask to “show me the science” backing up claims made by skincare product lines. Today, there are creative and somewhat misleading ways to label products, making us believe that there is appropriate science behind skincare product claims and advertisements. There is a difference when a manufacturer states its product is scientifically proven and clinically tested vs. clinically proven.
Scientifically proven means that principles of the scientific methods were used. It is vague and very difficult to define. Clinically tested simply means that the ingredients or product was tested and says nothing about the results. And, quite frankly, the results could be negative, but can often explain the use of the misleading words ‘clinically tested,’ as it gets the word “clinical” in the advertising. Clinically proven means that in the clinical trial, the result is actual, significant and has passed the strict regulations imposed by the U. S. Government. In short, the safe bet is to make sure your product’s claims are clinically proven.
Here is a way to build a better regimen with a simple acronym created by SkinMedica–G.R.A.S.S. The products used in the G.R.A.S.S regimen work in tandem to improve the health and appearance of the skin.
What does G.R.A.S.S. mean?
G~Growth Factors, (GF). GF rejuvenates skin and GFs have proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin’s texture and tone.
R~Retinol. Retinol renews our skin and improves the visible signs of aging and skin discoloration. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and enhances skin turnover to help remove dead, dull skin that dwells on the surface.
A~Antioxidants. Antioxidants fight against free radicals. The primary role of antioxidants is to defend the skin against free radical damage caused by environmental factors, such as smoke pollution and UV radiation.
S~Specialty Products. Special Products are designed for your unique needs. Individuals with acne, uneven skin tone and visible redness need to tailor products to correct their individual concerns.
S~ Sun protection. A must for everyone!! It is very important to select an SPF 30 or greater with Infrared (IR-A, IR-B, IR-C) protection and remember to reapply while enjoying outdoor activities. Infrared-A protection is a critical component to sun protection. It damages at the subcutaneous layer, using 54% of the sun’s energy.
In closing, the most important part of the second Sunday in May is to cheer the women who brought us up and made us who we are, as well as the women who have kept on bringing us up, no matter how adult we claim to be.
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!