Monday, March 25, 2013

Skin Care Tips For Older Women

Hello lovelies! At the beginning of January, The Makeup Examiner published an article, “Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older”. Since then, I’ve received quite a few emails from readers asking how to care for older skin.

I believe that adopting a good skincare regime is a must and the sooner, the better. Long ago, when I was just a guppy, my mother taught me about basic skin care. So to all the older ladies who will read this article, take a moment to encourage the young women in your life to care for their skin. After all, healthy skin is the first rule of beauty!

Of course we can’t go back in time and correct our on mistakes, but we can help our skin to look its best. You may have noticed “age spots” on your skin, but the name is misleading. “Age spots” are caused by the skin’s natural reaction to protect itself from the sun by sending extra pigment to damaged areas. The first line of defense is to protect your skin against UV rays with products that contain an SPF of at least 15. This won’t undo previous skin damage caused by exposure to the sun, but it will prevent further damage.

As we get older estrogen levels begin to drop, which affect natural oil production leading to a lack of skin elasticity and moisture. That in turn often leaves us with patchy dry skin. So the basic skincare objective is to keep moisture in your skin. Hopefully your skincare regime is that of cleanse, tone and moisturize. But even with this, you probably need to switch to products that are geared toward moisture retention. And yes, hit the H2O!

There are so many benefits for your body when your drink water. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins and allows for better nutrient absorption. Our skin is no different from the rest of our body. Water helps to remove impurities from the skin and helps to keep our skin hydrated, which leads to glowing, healthy, younger-looking skin.

Another issue with a natural drop in estrogen levels is a drop in skin cell regeneration. You may have noticed that your skin looks dull. That’s due to your body not ridding itself of dead skin cells and if that doesn’t happen, then your skin isn’t going to know to produce new, healthy skin cells. A once per week gentle exfoliant mask should help with the natural skin cell regeneration process.

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