Caring for Aging Skin
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Eubie Blake, age 100
Aging is a fact of life – one we enjoy as we achieve milestones, like turning 16 and finally driving, and one we enjoy less as we see the evidence of our years in our faces. To some degree, the aging process is genetic and we just can’t do anything about it. However, there are elements of the aging process we can control to maintain a youthful appearance.
- Sun Damage: A leading cause of prematurely aging skin, too much exposure to natural and artificial sunlight (such as tanning beds) leads to dry skin, early wrinkles, and sun spots. Prevent sun damage by avoiding tanning beds, avoiding too much sunlight, and wearing a broad-based sunscreen with SPF 30 (or higher) every day.
- Smoking: Smoking leads to many diseases and health issues, and definitely leaves its mark on the skin, causing premature wrinkles and a sallow complexion.
- Alcohol: Alcohol dehydrates the skin and can interfere with sleep, causing wrinkles and puffy eyes. As you get older, your body is less able to tolerate the effects of alcohol, and this speeds up the aging process.
- Diet: Diets rich in refined carbohydrates and sugar lead to higher levels of inflammation in the body and the skin, and caffeine dehydrates the body. Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, and drinking a lot of water promotes hydration and healthy skin.
- Dry Skin: You can prevent fine lines and wrinkles by moisturizing regularly beginning in your twenties.
For more information on natural methods and products to care for your skin, contact us.