Anti-Aging Skin Care
A Beginner's Guide
Are you losing the 'flush of youth'? There are many attacks on our skin every
day; sun, wind, lack of proper hydration or care. Fairly soon you will look in the mirror and wonder when your skin
started to look so dull or wrinkles started to appear.
As with most things in life, prevention is better than a cure. However, for those who have not had eight hours
sleep every night, moisturized regularly, stayed out of the sun and never touched alcohol, what is needed is to
reduce further aging and regain a more vibrant appearance. But...where to start?
Whether you're 18 or 58 it is vital for women to protect their skin from the damage of the sun. While the dangers
were not as well known years ago (or so severe) it is now the responsibility of everyone to safeguard the
sensitive skin on their face from the harsh damage caused by the UV rays from the sun.
Your skin is exposed to the sun no matter what the weather so use a moisturizer or foundation with a sunscreen that
has an SPF of 15 or higher every day. UVA and UVB rays contribute to wrinkles and burns, not to mention the
possibility of skin cancer.
As skin ages it tends to become drier. Dry skin will show more wrinkles than well hydrated skin. Moisturizers
create a barrier that keeps the skin from losing essential water.
The moisturizers available today are far more luxurious than the cold creams of yesterday. Starting a moisturizing
routine will help your skin retain hydration which contributes to a supple texture reducing the appearance of fine
Moisturizers also prepare the skin for the application of makeup which will apply smoother and create a fine finish
without cracking or flaking.
Pollution in the air and chemicals in our food release free radicals into our bodies. Free radicals break down the
collagen and elastin in your skin which leads to wrinkles and sagging. Using antioxidants in your facial products
or in supplements will protect the collagen and elastin which keeps skin firm and supple.
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
AHA comes in many forms, from store bought creams to dermatologist applied formulations. The AHA sloughs off skin
in what is commonly called a 'peel'. A mild formula used at home can treat fine lines while harsher peels can be
performed during a short office visit.
NUTRITION and HYDRATION
As many people are aware, what goes inside will show on the
outside. The best prevention from aging skin is to provide your body with a proper diet of healthy fresh foods
(especially raw fruits, grains, vegetables and nuts) as well as sufficient hydration. Alcohol and
caffeine cause dehydration and should be avoided.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will improve the texture of your skin and fight dry
skin. Healthy foods can provide the vitamin C and E that are so rich in antioxidants. Add to this a good night's
sleep and the steps noted above and you are on your way to having the fresh, vibrant skin you desire!