Whether you have an elaborate skincare routine during your 20s and 30s, or whether you’re one of those people that splash water on your face and go in the mornings, one thing is inevitable. As you age, your skin will change, and mature skin requires a bit more effort to stay looking as young as possible. While the years slip by, our skin becomes thinner. It will sag, develop wrinkles and be subject to dryness. So, how do we take care of our skin as we age?
Basic Skin Care
One of the first things to do is to learn what type of skin you have. Some people have very oily skin, and this means that as they age, it leans more towards average in terms of dryness. So automatically assuming you will need a moisturiser may not be the correct way to go. The skin on your body is quite different from the skin on your face. Facial skin is almost always exposed to the elements, and as we age, it will get thinner, so taking care of it is essential.
You should not be washing your skin with a soap designed for general body use. This can be too harsh and dry out your skin, leaving your face feeling tight and uncomfortable. If you do realise that your skin is developing dry patches, especially on your face, you can get oil-free moisturisers to ensure you’re not putting too much back and creating shiny, greasy-looking skin.
You Are What You Eat
There is more to looking after the skin on your face then just using lotions and potions. What you eat is also really important. The skin needs many essential vitamins and minerals to maintain health, vitamin A, for example, is found in carrots, dairy products, and sweet potatoes. You need an adequate level of vitamin C which can be found in most citrus fruits and some vegetables, specifically Peppers. Vitamin E may be harder to get in your diet as this is only found in things like olive oil, avocados and sunflower seeds.
You should ensure that you get enough omega-3 fatty acids, and this can be ingested by eating oily fish like salmon, and some nuts like pecans and hazelnuts as well as seeds. Finally, you should keep your selenium uptake high, and you will find this in oatmeal, again nuts such as walnuts and Brazil nuts, and tuna. Failing that you can take a high-quality multivitamin to make sure you get what your skin needs.
Exposure to the Elements
The skin on your face suffers as it is, it is continuously exposed to wind, sun, and other elements. You can help it cope by wearing a hat, for example when it is hot, using sunscreen, and keeping out of the extreme midday sun. Also, you should be avoiding sunbeds, these are actually proven to be carcinogenic, and they certainly won’t help skin age gracefully. If possible, you should cut down or preferably stop smoking as this can cause wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, as well as the chemicals found in nicotine which are damaging to the elastin and collagen in your skin.
Sadly, wrinkles are a natural process, and there isn’t really much we can do to stop them. The only way to get rid of wrinkles is to have plastic surgery which for most people is not going to be an option. What we can do is try and slow the process by looking after our face and skin and then using skin creams that can be bought at most stores. Generally, a wrinkle cream will be made up of antioxidants such as retinal, kinetin, and hydroxy acids. Retinal is a compound of vitamin A, kinetin increases the growth of collagen and hydroxy acids remove any dead skin and expose new healthier skin. While these are not an absolute fix, they are popular and do help.
Seek Professional Help
If you do not feel that the options available are good enough, you can approach a dermatologist or other skin expert for one of the treatments that they offer.
Dermabrasion is a method of removing dead layers of skin which in turn will reduce how wrinkles appear. It’s a bit like sanding down your skin. It can be an uncomfortable process, but you would be given some anaesthetic to ensure it didn’t hurt too much. When you first finish the treatment, the skin will appear red and irritated. You must maintain adequate skin protection from the sun if you have dermabrasion because it is much more sensitive once the procedure has been carried out.
Other popular skin treatments include chemical peels, Botox, and laser resurfacing. If you are interested in these, please ensure that you visit a qualified and licenced therapist.