Skin loses elasticity when we age, and that’s true of either gender and for every species on earth for that matter. That lessening of the tightness of your skin is related to decreasing collagen levels, and while that affects men too it’s women who experience it far more pronouncedly. First and foremost, ladies need to accept that this degeneration is for the most part unavoidable. What you can do, however, is be as proactive as possible in maintain the appearance and firmness of your skin, and the good news is that with diligent care and some very specific approaches you CAN maintain at least a measure of youthfulness to your skin.
Collagen depletion aside, the other number one cause of skin degeneration is sun exposure. Nobody’s going to state you should NEVER soak up some rays, but moderation is key. Sun exposure not only puts you at risk of carcinoma and melanoma, but also cause premature aging, In fact, up to 90% of visible changes to skin that are attributed to aging can be attributed to sun exposure, according to Rachel Schulman, a dermatological consultant who contributes regularly at YesWellness.
Which leads us to tip number one, but before we get there we’re going to say that not smoking is such an obvious choice that I’m not even going to list it. Avoid that garbage!
- Apply Sunscreen to Exposed Areas of your Skin – EVERY Day
You likely already use sunscreen, but the key is to put it on every day as UVA and UVB rays are still making their way down even when there’s cloud cover of any sort. So be sure to apply an SPF 15 (or higher, but SPF tends to be good enough and lighter when applied to the skin) and don’t neglect to apply it to exposed areas of skin that are easy to neglect; one example being the tops of your feet and toes when you’re wearing sandals. This spot gets plenty of sun exposure.
Be advised that you can wear sunscreen under your makeup or moisturizer, but the sunscreen will more often than not serve as a moisturizer too. Knowing the UV index before you head out for the day is a smart way to go too. If it’s higher than usual then you can put on a hat, for example, or applying a higher SPF sunscreen. There’s a number of apps you can download that will let you know the day’s UV index right on your phone.
This one is such a biggie, and definitely deserves the top spot. You need to put the brakes on the sun and what it does to your skin when it’s entirely exposed to it.
- Eat Plenty of Colourful Food, and Organic Preferably
Plain and simple, a healthy diet high in brightly coloured vegetables and fruits is great for the skin. Beta carotene and lutein are powerful antioxidants for skin cell development and maintaining a healthy skin tone, and for older folks they really reinforce your dermis against the ravages of time as best as is possible. Pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potatoes are good sources of beta carotene, and kale, spinach and paw paw are good sources of lutein.
Get plenty of vitamin C for the fact that vitamin helps replenishing your now-depleted collagen stores, and blueberries, broccoli, kiwifruit, oranges, and strawberries are dynamite sources of Vitamin C. In addition, some experts believe that Vitamin C can work to heal sun damaged skin.
Get your fruits and veggies, and make them as bright as possible!
- Stay Well Hydrated
Keeping your hydration levels up does wonders for the appearance and suppleness of your skin at any age. Add the fact that drinking enough water every day comes with a whole host of other health benefits too and it’s even easier to be convinced of the advisability of putting this one into practice. In addition to all that moisturizing, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day will repair skin cells and reduce the incidence and intensity of fine lines and wrinkles.
Further, if you’re in a local where the air is particularly dry, consider sleeping with a working humidifier in the room.
- Wash Your Face at the Beginning and End of Each Day
Keeping your facial skin clean is conducive to have it look better as you age. That’s because skin blemishes put strain on the dermal layer and pores tend to expand when clogged. When that happens recurringly, they can be permanently stretched and / or raised from the skin. Wash your skin thoroughly and then also be sure to moisturize according to your skin type. Avoid using products that are too greasy for your skin, as they’ll promote the blemishes you’re working to avoid.
- Wear Less Makeup
In all honesty, this is one suggestion that many of you will have taken on all too voluntarily over the years. That’s great, but it still warrants mention here. Not only will it free up a lot of valuable time in the morning (or evening we suppose) and give you a very legitimately ‘freer’ feeling regarding your visage, but heavy makeup application really puts strain on your skin. Choosing to go makeup free allows your skin to breathe and recuperate, and another (again perhaps obvious) tip is to clean your face very thoroughly after instances where you’ve chosen to wear makeup – we’re not saying to not wear it at all, just try to do it less and when you do, then apply much less of it than perhaps you’re used to.)
- Be Open to Adapting Your Routine
As women age, their skin is going to have different maintenance needs, as is the case for any human and pretty much any component of their physiology. For instance, a woman’s skin becomes drier more naturally. Apply a moisturizer at night may seem a little too laborious a task for that time of the night, but you really should find the motivation as without that application you’re going to suffer from the effects of dry skin.
Be honest with yourself about how you’re seeing changes to your skin, and then be as proactive and attentive as necessary to address those shortcomings that you didn’t have to worry about when you were younger. There’s no turning back the clock, but if you’re sufficiently motivated AND informed you can make that go a long way in keeping your skin looking its best at any age.