Age Gracefully—Combat the Signs of Aging

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Aging is a natural process that, like it or not, will occur in all of us. Fortunately, by understanding how your skin ages and the long-term effects of exposure to the elements, you’ll be armed with the ammunition needed to combat dry, wrinkled skin and dark spots well beyond your sixties.

Sonja Cook Maxwell, a 73-year-old former flight attendant, is one of those people who decided it was time to stand up to the relentless aging process. 

From an early age, the importance of proper skin care was instilled in Sonja. As a flight attendant during the ’60s, she was constantly bombarded with the overwhelming demand to look her best, day in and day out. “During the first 20 years of my career, looks were still very important and regimented. I [was] always trying to keep my appearance up to par,” Sonja explains.

Even with decades of closely monitored skin care regimens, Sonja began to notice those inevitable fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots on her face. During a conversation with a close friend, and doctor, Sonja was presented with a solution to her issue. “She gave me a history lesson about Obagi products [and] I jumped on board.”

In 6 short weeks on the Obagi Condition & Enhance® System, Sonja began to receive incredible feedback and compliments from friends and family. As she continued her pursuit to pair her skin’s appearance with the grace she acquired and wisdom she has earned through the years, she was not disappointed. “If it can do what it has done for me, a 73-year-old female, then [it is] possible for anyone.”

Sonja suggests it’s never too early or too late to start paying closer attention to your skin care needs. As you age, decreased levels of beneficial oils often lead to dry, wrinkled skin and brown spots.1 A lifetime of exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays may also make skin look older.2 By adopting the proper skin care routine no matter what stage you’re at in life, you can help combat these common issues. Perhaps you too could achieve the elusive “timeless beauty” look as you cross into your golden years.

Leave us a comment below to let us know what you are doing to keep your skin looking its best.

1. Mayo Clinic. Aging: what to expect as you get older.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aging/HA00040/NSECTIONGROUP=2. Updated August 7, 2010. Accessed July 23, 2012.
2. Matts PJ, Fink B. Chronic sun damage and the perception of age, health and attractiveness.
Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2010; 9(4):421-431.

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