Aging. It is inevitable, unfortunately, but there are ways to fight back! Today we will go over some tips & tricks to help combat and maybe even reverse some of nature’s unavoidable evils. It’s time to take care of your skin!
I’m sure we can all agree that wrinkles and fine lines, sunspots and discoloration are at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to things we completely loathe. Whenever I have a mature client in my chair, I will hear at least one or two utterances about these nuisances. Many of these tips we are talking about today affect the whole body, not just the skin. It is your largest organ, let’s make it feel loved!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
If anyone read the article on The best foundations for women over 50 you know that I am an extremely vocal advocate of moisturizing and hydrating. “Lotioning” up at night and in the morning is your best bet. If you feel like you have oily skin, that doesn’t mean it can’t be dehydrated. If you feel like you need some extra love, visit an aesthetician. They can help you find what regimens are best for your skin type. Also, make sure you are drinking enough water everyday. A good rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it by two. That is the minimum number of ounces of water you should be drinking daily. But also remember that more is better!
Use Protection, Ladies!
Every time we got burned to a crisp as a child at the local pool or slathered ourselves in baby oil as teens to bronze like goddesses has stayed within our skin our whole lives. When you get any sun damage, your body starts defending itself by producing melanin, which is a pigment that colors our skin, hair, and eyes. When this happens over a long period of time we get discoloration and sunspots. Even if you don’t hang out at the pool or work in the garden often, you can still get sun damage from driving your car or even sitting in the shade.
I’m not trying to scare you, but I want to stress how important a good sun protectant is. I like the 20/20 rule. Anything above 20 SPF needs to be applied at least 20 minutes prior to leaving the house. If you are not “into” makeup, there are some great moisturizers that have SPF. There are also some amazing foundations too (once again, see previous foundations article). Some products to try that even out skin tone and brighten are:
Limelight by Alcone’s One Drop Wonder – This stuff is an ultimate skin panacea. It is an all natural 100% cold-pressed Pomifera oil. It goes straight to the source to repair skin cells and helps with sunspots, wrinkles, rosacea, and even things like psoriasis and burns.
Perricone MD’s Photo Plasma Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This is great for brightening, moisturizing, and protecting your skin all at the same time!
Under Eye Creams are Our Friends
When our skin is oily, we have our sebaceous glands to them for this. They secrete sebum to lubricate and waterproof our skin. This can be extremely helpful, as people with oil-prone skin age slower than people with dry skin. Unfortunately, these glands are not located underneath our eyes, and the skin is so fine there already that we need all the help we can get. When you place under eye cream, use the pad of your ring finger to lightly pat it around your lower orbital socket bone.You don’t have to take it all the way up to the lower lash line, it’ll find its way home. A great under eye cream is:
Shiseido’s Ultimate Power Concentrate – It’s great for all skin types and it help with wrinkles, darkness, dryness, and results can be seen quickly!
Overall Good Stuff
There are other great things your skin and body will love you for. It’s tough to quit smoking, but think about all those fine lines around your mouth. If for nothing else, quit just so you can wear red lipstick! Also, eating healthy, unprocessed foods is a wonderful way to get a healthy glow. When you are putting all those extra toxins in your body from smoking and additives from foods, your body has to expel them somehow and your skin can suffer because of that. Lastly, think about your breathing. When you are breathing deeply your whole body is getting an awesome amount of oxygen. Web MD has some great techniques for de-stress breathing techniques (stress can cause wrinkles too!) Try some light meditation or yoga for your skin and mental goodness!
Makeup doesn’t always make skin beautiful. That is really something that has to be attained by you. If you and your skin are healthy and glowing, than your makeup will always look fabulous and you will feel fabulous!
Take good care of yourself ladies! Over and out. XO