What should you be doing to prevent aging skin?
There are many women who believe that they know exactly what they need to do to ensure their skin remains wrinkle free, youthful looking, clean and bright. The reality is that most women know some but not all of the things they should do.
It is our ignorance that allows companies that manufacture products that have little value as anti-aging skin care to make massive profits every year based upon our lack of knowledge of what it is they are actually pushing.
Many of the most effective skin products contain a combination of different elements, such as aloe vera, resveratrin, nut oils, sorbolene, and collagen. Once combined, they work to help firm the skin when it comes to areas such as our eyelids, cheeks, necks, shoulders (never forget your shoulders as they can start to age disgracefully as well) and foreheads. These areas, in many cases, are easily harmed by exposure to the sun, and then are likely to give your skin an aged, rough, hard, and damaged look.
Our bodies depend upon the foods we eat for vitamins and nutrients. If you eat tthe wrong food then you have to expect your body and the skin that surrounds it to suffer.
Your skin will show clues of aging which include wrinkles, facial lines, and sagging skin because of the action of age; environmental pollutants; inappropriate foods and drinks; sun or sunlamp damage; harmful medications, creams, or oils; skin being stretched because of stretching, incorrect exercises and/or massage; free radicals in your food, the air you breath, liquids you swim in, drink; and from the natural environment.
A good nights sleep helps our body and our skin. Our bodies produce melatonin to help us get to sleep and while we sleep and it isconsidered as an anti-aging hormone. While you are experiencing Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) or deep sleep, your system generates human growth hormone (see: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0024320569900344), which helps repair damaged tissue. Human Growth Hormone can impact on skin in these ways:
- Increase skin thickness & elasticity by increasing the strength & volume of collagen in the skin
- Restores the turgor & bounciness characteristic of young skin
- Decreases fine lines, wrinkles, & folds by tightening the skin & strengthening the muscles that lift & hold the skin
A great night’s sleep will also help reduce emotional distress which will help improve your skin. Stress will cause your skin to wrinkle, will remove collagen from your skin and reduce elasticity levels, and will cause the manufacture of cortisol (stress hormone) and even negative affect your level of vital neurotransmitters.
I’m sure you have seen many people who appear to have aged before their time because they have permanent frown wrinkles caused by a lifetime of stress?
Both mental and physical stress increase the production of free radicals in our bodies and this increases the signs of aging – it also slows down cell renewal which is vital to good skin quality.
As we age our skin starts to lose its moisture and elasticity, and here is where a good skin moisturizer is needed. With regular use of a good moisturizer aging skin process can be reduced or delayed. Hydrating our skin can slow aging process.
But the most important products we need, as we age, are bioidentical hormones to stop the effects of menopause and we all know what menopause and the resultant reduced levels of estrogen and progesterone can have on our skin.