We all know that aging is a natural process, but many people will go to great lengths to maintain a youthful appearance. We age due to genetic and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. But you can easily keep aging signs at bay by following a healthy lifestyle. The sooner you begin following a healthy lifestyle and caring properly for your skin, the healthier your skin will be. Plus, it will delay signs of aging like fine lines, sagging skin, wrinkles, age spots and crow’s feet. There are many beauty secrets that can cut years off your appearance, particularly your face. When it comes to products and/or treatments, some women do not care about the cost, and will take out a second mortgage to look younger. NOT Me. I live on a fixed budget, hate needles and have no desire to go under the knife for elective cosmetic surgery.
I clean my face daily both morning and night & use an overpriced moisturizer. Exfoliate every Friday with a facial scrub, try to eat healthy fats and I still see drastic signs of aging all over. Yes. . it appears to be slow, but I’m on the other side of sixty, the lines are already in formation and my neck is on its way to jowland. Then we hear “There’s Nothing that Botox Can’t Do“. . .
. . . Or so it seems. In addition to banishing crow’s feet, headaches, a gummy smile, and excessive sweating, a few units of this Injectable may shrink prominent glands just under the jawline – the ones that may make some women appear jowly. But, Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City is careful to note that “while this can sharpen the jaw line in some patients, it won’t reduce jowliness across the board in all women.” Jowls are the number two complaint with most women my age, so Botox is not for me.
Can Vitamin A help to stall the aging process? Retinoids, which are made from vitamin A, are the the foundation of any anti-aging bare-minimum routine and Retinoids comes in two forms:
Retinol: You can buy products containing retinol or retinoic acid without a prescription.
Tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene: You need a doctor’s prescription for these. Both products prompt your skin to make more collagen, which gives your skin structure and elasticity. They also exfoliate your skin, removing dead, surface skin cells to soften lines. More about vitamins here.
Halve your sun exposure. If you’ve heard a version of this one before, it’s because dermatologists agree that UV exposure is the number-one skin-ager out there. Sun damages elastin and causes a loss of collagen, which translates to drooping, a lost jawline, and wrinkles. It also adds discoloration and roughens texture. Not least, UV rays are the main cause of skin cancers, an aging risk that goes beyond the mere cosmetic.
Moisturize: When you get out of the shower in the morning, and after you wash your face at night, use a moisturizer right away to lock the water in your skin, preferably a cream over a lotion, says Doris Day, MD, author of Forget the Face Lift. This helps your skin look soft and smooth, which can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Some makeup on aging skin will also highlight wrinkles, read about it Here.
Sunblock: Use a full tablespoon of sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 on your face, spreading it to your neck and ears. Know that older skin tends to be more vulnerable to the effects of the sun than younger skin. If you tend to forget sunscreen, try the new makeup bases and moisturizers with UV-protection built in. On the downside, you might not get the optimum amount of SPF, but at least you are getting some protection. If you can, avoid sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are most potent.
We should spend more time, not necessarily money on a smart morning & night routine. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does require the right basics. By day, that mostly means adding UV protection. But night care is equally important. Our skin is amazing in how it can be exposed to so much all day and still regenerate, and as you age you need some help with the regeneration process. If you don’t clean your face, your exposure to these pollutants will continue all night long, too. After cleansing, apply a retinoid and then a moisturizer – and sleep on a clean pillow. For most of us, we are just not consistent with skincare and our neglect shows up down the road. Let me know if you found the secret of youth, and how you use it. I could use some . . .
Disclaimer: This post is an FYI. It is not my intention to offer Skin Care/or Stylist advice and urge you to consult the professionals who excel in their field of expertise.