As we get older, we notice that our body starts to change, our looks start to change and inevitably our skin is changing too. Time perhaps getting the better of us, we’ll look in the mirror and feel like we hardly recognise ourselves. Fine lines, wrinkles, thinner, looser skin. This is all part of the aging process. There is a lot to be said for growing old gracefully, but we maintain our grace through non-invasive skincare. That way we can lock in the youthful and healthy skin without risk or suffering. Some of the most common skin woes associated with aging skin include dry skin/itching, brown spots, wrinkles and more serious ailments such as skin cancer. Here are some of the key ways to ward off these ailments and how to maintain a diet for general healthy skin.
The build of ‘adulthood’s’ stresses often takes its toll in the form of dry skin as it can be caused by stress as well as a build of up chemical laden products such as antiperspirants. It’s also associated with certain illnesses such as diabetes that become common as we get older. The effect of dryness on ‘older’ skin is even more of a nuisance as our skin gets thinner as we age and its itchiness may cause abrasions.
To tackle dry skin, try the following:
- Drink more fluids, especially filtered water.
- Spend less time in the sun.
- Avoid too many chemical laden beauty products, soap or contact with other chemicals, including cigarettes.
- Reduce stress levels by relaxing more.
- Take baths with warm but not hot water.
- Use a humidifier indoors to put moisture back in the air.
- Moisturize everyday.
Brown spots are also known as age spots or liver spots. The more common version of them are freckles, but when we get older they can form larger marks. Brown spots tend to appear due to a process called hyperpigmentation, which basically means an over-production of melanin.
They are in fact a direct result of too much time in the sun and therefore, can appear on any exposed area including the face, legs, arms back, hands and feet. While they are harmless they can be unsightly.
There are three simple ways of tackling brown spots:
- Spend less time in the sun.
- If you do have to go in the sun, wear sunscreen to slow down or halt the hyperpigmentation process.
- Use a bleaching or brightening cream targeted on the affected area.
Wrinkles are on the radar for most people as we became aware of the loosening elasticity in our skin over time. Many things, genetic and environmental, cause this. Things like gravity take its toll on skin, making it sag and we also lose fat and essential skin proteins as we age too. Free radicals, too much sun, and pollution will also not do our skin any favours. Luckily many a thesis has been written on reducing wrinkles and there are a number of things you can do to stave these off:
- Yoga for the face – some simple facial stretching exercises will help reduce tension that causes lines to appear.
- The right diet – certain foods will carry things we should all want to consume – antioxidants – these will help to fight free radical, which are harmful chemical molecules that prevent cells, including skin cells, from functioning properly.
- Moisturise as dry skin will also be a culprit for aiding the formation of wrinkles.
- Drink more water.
- Use antiaging serums and creams.
A little more serious than the aesthetic concerns of age spots and wrinkles is something that is increasingly affecting older people, skin cancer. It results from years of unprotected sun exposure as ultraviolet rays are becoming more harmful to us from the gentle erosion of the ozone, a layer of atmospheric protection, which has typically protected us in earlier times.
However it is not just the sun, tanning machines are also harmful to our skin if we don’t take measures to protect it.
There are some simple preventative measures we can take:
- Spend less time in the sun.
- Protect your skin when in the sun by keeping it covered.
- Wear sunscreen on unprotected areas of skin.
- Ensure your products, creams and serums include protective ingredients such as SPFs to maximize protection.
As well as lines, there is something in the constitution of our skin that makes it look youthful and healthy or grey and aged. You might hear someone tell you that you’re glowing for instance. So how do you maintain that glow and inadvertently give yourself that healthy looking skin?
- Get enough sleep – this reduces your dark circles, de-stresses you to alleviate the tension in your face and prevents your skin from looking dull.
- Quit – smoking that is. Cigarettes are full of all types of nastiness that is breeding toxins affecting the look and feel of your skin.
- Eat well – particularly vegetables and fish. Included in the vegetable list is dark chocolate made from the cocoa bean, as long as its over 70% cocoa content. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, as do bell peppers and other vegetables. Fish does too and contains essential omega oils that will rejuvenate your skin with good fats and proteins that will lead to a wrinkle free and radiant you.
In a nutshell, good skin care when you are older is about maintaining good health. Being kind to the outside and inside of your skin will show the results for themselves. Less sun, more sleep, a great diet and good moisturizing products that are designed to brighten the skin and tackle wrinkles, will make your skin, bright, blemishless and wrinkle-free.
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