What causes our skin to age?
One is heredity and the second is environmental. Both which we have to work hard at not accelerating.
You can see gorgeous skin on all ages…its not just for the young. My mother and Grandmother have gorgeous skin, soft supple and not wrinkling as extensively as others their age.
We cannot change is the natural aging process but we can certainly slow it down. It is predictable that we will loose our natural firmness in our face over time. It does show signs of drier over time too. Our genes are the controllers of the aging wrinkles, fine lines and loss of firmness.
The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”
Our environment and lifestyle choices can have a huge effect on our skin to prematurely age. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.”
Extrinsic Aging is where we have a say and control.
Lets explore our choices and find the best strategy for our skin.
The sun is the largest determiner of premature aging. Protect your beautiful skin from the Sun with sun protection, with shade, protective clothing and sun screen of 30 SPF or higher. Everytime your skin tans, it prematurely ages from the harmful UV rays that the sun emits. Skin aging happens when collagen is damaged and loses its tight weave.
Smoking is the Next up for Aging– smoking causes fine wrinkles from repetitive muscle contractions. It dehydrates the body and therefore causes wrinkles as well as depletes the oxygen level and restricts our blood vessels for healing and nutrition transfer. Smoking offers a lovely sallow look and complexion. Just Stop as Soon as You can.
Alcohol increases the premature aging as well. this is a dehydrator as well and brings blood vessels to the skin surface. Drink in moderation.
Diet is a key factor in your skin health. Diets high in organic and superfoods which offer anti oxidants to remove the free radicals will slow down our aging process dramatically.
Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging
Washing your skin with a gentle soap and cloth can do wonders for your skin. Using chemical based soaps will age your skin with the chemicals absorbing directly into your skin.
All natural and organic soaps and cleansers will Cleanse your skin gently, leaving the natural oils of Olive, Coconut,Shea Butter on your skin.
Removing environmental toxins from the day is paramount for your skin health. A calming wash does wonders for relaxation as well.
- When should you wash? Upon rising in the am, the evening and definitely after sweating.
- Do not use an abrasive cloth to wash. A gentle motion with Lukewarm water is the best.
Natural Soaps have what is called “Glycerin” remaining in them. This is the remainder of the saponification process where the oils turn to soap. This is the “moisturizing” properties of Natural Soaps.
- If you still require moisture, add a moisturizer. Winter use a Facial Body Butter and Summer use a lighter lotion.
Here’s Your Timeline:
Your Face in Your 20s
We loose our Baby Fat and start to thin out. We develop our first wrinkles from using consistent facial imprints, smiling, frowning, looking at the computer, called ‘motor wrinkles’ — lines and creases related to movement –
and the first place to appear is the Brow.
Depending on the amount of time spent in the sun will dictate if you begin the very early Crows Feet from squinting.
What happens in your 20’s will dictate your older years. Sun Screen is the key, early and often.
Care Treatment: Light moisturizer, gel based and oil free, especially if suffering acne. Retinol based skincare cream 2 x a week, can begin now.
Your Face in Your 30s:
This is the beginning of crow’s feet around your eyes, plus previous sun damage may exacerbate the start of small brown spots. The dreaded “11” appear in the 30″, the lines between the brows.
Increase the use of retinol products to three to four times a week, this is the age range to start on moisturizers and not forget to use them. Lite Oil is good as our skin is beginning to dry out.
Don’t leave home without sunscreen. Brown spots will begin to appear. Chemical Peels or laser will yield the best results. Avoid skin lightening lotions
Your Face in Your 40’s– this is the age you notice, thinner skin with more capillaries showing increasing with UV damage.
This is the age of Photoaging: Wrinkles, brown spots and aging spots – this is when your earlier skincare or lack of with sunscreen shows. The oil production slows down and requires more moisturizing.
In your 40s, lines begin to appear around your upper lip –smokers be warned, the lines will become deep, called “purse string muscle” lines. Be prepared for more crow’s feet and deep smile lines.
Use thicker moisturizers and start to use night creams, when your body rejuvenates. Antioxidant skincare is helpful now. Retinol-based creams 5x week.
Your Face at 50’s + You experience deepening of the facial lines and wrinkles from loss of fat and moisture.. Your skin droops near the jaw line and around your eyes. If post menopausal, the estrogen drop makes your skin dryer.
If you’re postmenopausal, the drop in estrogen can make your skin thinner, dryer and more irritated.
Your Face at 50’s-70’s – loss of collagen and elastin fibers which supports the structure holding up the skin, resulting in drooping and loose skin. We loose some of our fat beneath the skin resulting in translucent and thin skin.
Brown spots untreated in the past seem to increase quickly and are more prominent.
Care includes care for lines and wrinkles with a heavy moisturizing lotion but also tightening skin. Use Shea Butter products with Coconut Oil.
Stay Out of the Sun
Use a Sun Screen and hats- minimize the sun exposure
Wash Your Face Before Sleep
One of the best ways to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed –Drink lots of water as well! Use a night cream nightly.
Use Natural Products
Skin care products are packed with chemicals and heavily processed ingredients. You can get better results with natural skin care products that contain herbs, or even coconut oil or olive oil.
Give Your Skin the Nutrition it Needs
Our skin has unique nutritional needs. Vegetables, fish, nuts, fruits, organic meats, lots and lots of filtered water.
Genetic Coding is our intrinsic aging. Environmental Stimulants contributes to our extrinsic aging.
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Happy Healthy Skin,