Anti-Aging Skincare Secrets for Riders

Riding might give you super toned inner thighs and an enviable booty, but it’s not exactly kind to the skin. Hours upon hours out in the blazing sun (check out our post on sun protection for riding HERE), wind, and cold (not to mention a good amount of bouncing around) doesn’t do much to help in the fight against again. While we’re all for aging gracefully, we’re also pretty into being able to go sans-makeup at a show and feel like a million bucks, so a good anti-agin skincare routine is crucial if you, like us, spend a lot of your time playing around with ponies in the elements.

Back for our regular Skincare for Riders series is Dr. Deb from Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar. Check out her previous installment on sun protection while riding HERE

Dr. Deb:

If you don’t have a good preventative aging skin care regimen, TODAY is a good day to start. Many people simply do not realize the importance of  topical anti-aging or preventative aging skin care products.

For a well rounded “skin saving” regimen you will want to incorporate cosmeceutical products that are potent enough to rejuvenate your skin, and protect against ongoing damage.

Cosmeceutical products are topical that are dispensed through physician offices. What sets them apart is the strength of active ingredients. Over the counter and department store brands do not contain high enough percentages of key ingredients necessary to change your skin on a cellular level. The combination of active ingredients and the way those ingredients are delivered  is important. The right products for you to use  are the ones that have an optimal combination of ingredients, percentages of active ingredients and the correct delivery vehicle to penetrate the intact skin.

When starting or changing an at-home regimen including products with these key ingredients is a great starting point:

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-Physical Block Sunscreens

These types of sunscreens are not absorbed by the skin, but more importantly, when applied to the skin these ingredients reflect the suns rays, much like a mirror. This is important in protecting your skin from damaging UVA / UVB rays. SkinMedica Essential Defense and Total Defense and Repair are both Physical Blockers. Total Defense and Repair is especially popular as it contains key ingredients that block out infrared and has clinically been shown to repair damage to your skins DNA.  

Revision Skincare makes a popular sunscreen, Intellishade, that is a tinted physical blocker, and acts as a moisturizer and includes anti-aging properties

The best sunscreen for you to use is the one you can get yourself to use. Just read the ingredients and remember the importance of a physical element.


Nightly time serum or moisturizer with Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is a compound related to Vitamin A. It increases cellular turnover, exfoliating any rapidly dividing cells, and reducing your risk of developing pre-skin cancers. Rapidly dividing cells also lead to acne and plugging in the skin (blackheads and white heads). A multi-purpose product, Retinol also stimulates collagen and elastin production, making your skin smoother and firmer.

There are different strengths of retinol for different skin types. If you have more reactive or sensitive skin, you will use a milder version someone with more tolerant skin. The important thing to remember about retinol is to never use more than one pea size amount for the entire face. If you are new to Retinol, you need to start gradually, using it 2-3 times a week and working your way up to nightly. Retinol should never make you red, irritated or peel! Lastly, moisturize on top of your Retinol; your skin needs the hydration.


Daytime serum or moisturizers containing topical Vitamin C

Vitamin C provides a range of benefits, including boosting your own natural SPF. It also protects you from free radical (environmental) damage, allowing your skin to develop and repair without abnormalities. This is essential for your skin cells, which suffer damage on a daily basis, that can lead to skin cancer. Now more than ever, skin cancer is a growing concern, because we realize how sun exposure contributes to your risk.

Vitamin C is a powerful anti-aging tool. Free radicals also cause signs of aging  and break down collagen. Vitamin C, when applied topically, will slow the breakdown of collagen helping  reduce the amount of aging you will see on your skin. A potent Vitamin C can soften lines and wrinkles, lighten brown spots and make your skin feel firmer over time.

Even if you aren’t concerned with premature aging, you can use  Vitamin C topically for skin cancer protection.

Cleansing and moisturizing are important and should be done morning and evening. This will help keep your pores free of debris and maintain your skin normal barrier. These two steps, in addition to your anti-aging regimen will keep your skin healthier and happier for years to come.

Meet Dr. Deb

Deborah H. Atkin, MD completed her dermatology specialty training at the University of Arizona, Tucson, following an internship in internal medicine at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in San Diego. Dr. Atkin’s medical school training was at UCLA where she graduated with honors in surgery and received the UCLA School of Medicine award for Outstanding Community Service for her role in organizing the first student-run medical clinic for the homeless.

Dr. Atkin served as a surgical volunteer in South Africa for the African Medical Mission and is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the American Liver Foundation for which she received the 2004 Combined Health Agencies San Diego Volunteer of the Year Award. Dr. Atkin lectures for both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has authored a chapter in a cutaneous surgery textbook as well as numerous scientific articles including topics on hair loss, blistering diseases and laser treatment of hyper pigmentation. She is a recognized expert in photodynamic therapy for the treatment of pre-cancerous lesions. Dr. Atkin is a volunteer attending physician at the San Diego Veteran’s Administration Hospital as well as UCSD.

In 2004, Dr. Atkin established Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar, a boutique dermatology practice in Del Mar, CA.  At Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar, the professional staff prides  themselves on delivering patient-focused care within a compassionate space. The practice offers a multitude of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as skin cancer and acne. The practice also offer laser and injectible treatments to combat aging skin, unwanted fat, and cellulite.

Dr. Atkin has lived in Del Mar for close to 20 years with her husband Chris and their children, Nicholas and Lexie. Dr. Atkin and her son Nicholas established “Nick’s Picks” a 501c3 charity devoted to providing fun-filled backpacks loaded with activities and comfort items to hospitalized children across the country. The entire family pitches in to do their part with the organization, which serves 15 pediatric centers in 6 states

In her spare time she enjoys shooting hoops with her son Nicholas, and watching her daughter, Lexie, ride horses.

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