Aging Gracefully and Beautifully

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Andela C. Strother

Weekly Column: Skin Sense

Remember when you thought 40 was old and 50 was ancient? When 50 arrived, did you call it the new 40? Emerging from the 30’s to a more “mature life space” is a transition that evolves so slowly, some physical changes may go undetected; but just as the universe creates a path for wisdom to develop, changes that impact and age our skin and bodies, are already occurring during the youthful twenties. Unsuspecting laugh lines for example, provide a pathway for fine and weathered lines of mature skin.

At a basic level, cell turnover (cell renewal) is the rate that new cells regenerate in the human body.  This breakdown is a contributing factor in the development of fine lines, skin recesses, and wrinkles.  Although attributable to multiple factors such as genetics and the environment, it is important to note that the quality of personal care and exfoliation methods also play a key role in cell turnover.  For young adults, regeneration decreases from a robust 21 days to 28 days.  After the age of 50, it slows even more to approximately every 42 to 84 days.  As a result, collagen formation decreases, skin elasticity weakens and thus, skin takes longer to repair and heal.

Aging gracefully is the life your body would love to live. It defines how you look, feel and the attitude you project to others.  By the time you have matured to the 40’s and 50’s, you have earned the right to choose how to address your fine lines.  Options such as Botox, surgical procedures, and spa treatments are readily available at upscale wellness spas. What is most important, is that you feel empowered to move forward with your skincare decision.  Embrace life wholly and age gracefully, giving your skin the priority care it deserves.

Angela Strother, PhD is co-owner of Jon’Ric International Massage & Wellness Spa in Matthews, offering authentic salt rooms, massage, facials, threading, Henna body art, and body treatments.  She is certified in aesthetics and oncology skin care.  Allison Judge, RN is a Social Media Specialist with an extensive background in Nursing in Hospital Settings.  Contact the Jon’Ric team at 704-708-4165 or email at At Jon’Ric Matthews, come join us for a cup of tea and a chat about your skin!

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