Anti-aging Skin Care
How the skin ages
Age-well page on Skin Care Photo about Aging: Face of an Elderly Woman and Girl Side By Side
Photo Credit: Conelyn Jay, Science Photo Library
In order to avoid premature aging we need the best skin care available. But first let us look at what happens when our skin ages, so we know what we must look for when buying skin products, as well as what to avoid.
Our skin is affected by the elements it is exposed to every day and becomes damaged as we age depending on where we live and how much it has been exposed to these elements. Lifestyle, diet, whether we smoke or not, harsh weather or scalding sunshine, and whether or not we have protected and cared for our skin, all of these things can contribute to how our skin ages.
Smoking is one of the skin’s enemies. It can produce free radicals that harm the skin. The effects of these free radicals can be mitigated by a diet high in antioxidants.
The sun is another enemy causing photo aging, its ultraviolet rays destroying the elastin in your epidermis and even leading to skin cancer. It is imperative to protect your skin, especially your face, with a good sun cream, or preferably stay out of the sun altogether. This sun damage will not always show up at the time you get sunburn, but the damage will be evident as you age, as mottled, spotty skin. It is also important to have your skin examined regularly by a qualified dermatologist as skin cancer can be cured if discovered in the early stages.
As you age, skin can become rougher, dry or slack, and can develop lesions such as benign tumours. The loss of the elastin and collagen and the force of gravity cause the skin to sag. The skin becomes thinner as we age and fragile because of changes in the epidermis and dermis, (the top layer of skin and that beneath it).
Loss of fat in the epidermis can result in loosening skin. When the skin loses its elasticity, gravity causes unsightly drooping of eyebrows, eyelids, cheeks and the jaw causing jowls and a double chin. Lines may form and deepen on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth and the neck can become scraggy looking.
Ageing. Faces of a middle-aged woman, a young woman and a girl.
Photo Credit: Conelyn Jay, Science Photo Library
Luckily, there are measures we can take to slow down the effets of age.
eating a diet rich in antioxidants, or taking supplements and using reputable anti-aging products
can all help to erase the ravages of time. Loss of collagen and elastin, falling levels of hyaluronic acid and oxidation throuh the action of free radicals are the three main causes of ageing. There are many products on the market which aim to tackle these problems and rejuvenate tired and ageing skin.
Skin care is more important as one ages. It is important to make sure that you choose anti aging, skin-care products that fulfill their promise, rather than spending a fortune on products which do not deliver.
The following article gives you a list of ingredients which you may want to avoid as well as some ingredients you should look for when
choosing your skincare products.
We recommend the following skin care and supplement range:
Xtend Life Skin Care Products
They have a range of products for both men and women to de-age skin naturally and safely,using the latest in cell rejuvenation technology. These products reduce fine lines and wrinkles, firm up sagging skin and restore a youthful appearance to tired ageing skin. So if you are really serious about improving the health of your skin and making it look younger, smoother and more attractive, why not give this range a try. It is guaranteed to contain natural products free from parabens, fragrances, allergens or harmful chemicals of any kind.
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Botox injections work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Professional microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-chemical, non-surgical method of skin resurfacing that usually requires an appointment in a doctors' office or spa. During microdermabrasion the doctor uses a laser to resurface the skin eliminating sun damage and acne scars. This makes the skin younger looking. Other procedures use crystals to remove the dead and damaged skin. Professionals use a special machine with a vacuum-like tube that simultaneously circulates crystals on the skin as it removes dead and damaged layer of skin cells to reveal healthier-looking skin below.
Treatments can be very costly and there are now several products on the market that enable you to be able to carry out a microdermabrasion treatement safely yourself in the privacy of your own home and at a far lesser cost. This will be a good complement to your regular skin care regime.
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People are using the two treatements above at a younger age and this will probably means that they age more slowly than former generations, especially as this generation knew about the role the sun plays in the aging project and generally use protection. The younger generation is usually also more likely to adopt a viable skin care regime earlier than their parents did.
We will cover more intrusive cosmetic surgery in another section - coming soon.