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How to look after ageing skin

September 10, 2012 by Works with Water
Prevent Ageing | Premature Ageing

As people age, their skin loses its ability to rejuvenate itself and natural elasticity decreases.

This, along with genetics, exposure to the elements, diet and bad habits like smoking can cause skin to dry out and wrinkle. So practising good habits and being kind to your skin will help you fight the effects of ageing and keep your skin looking radiant.

You can control the external factors that cause ageing skin. Sun, heat, extreme changes in temperatures, repetitive facial expressions like frowning, smoking, drinking alcohol and poor diet can all cause your skin to age faster. Preventing as many external factors as possible will help you maintain healthier, younger looking skin.

Caring for ageing skin

As you age, you need to be more careful about the products you use to prevent further skin damage. Rough, abrasive skin care products are not necessary on mature skin. The American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) suggests using a mild face cleanser, toner that does not contain alcohol and a cream moisturiser. Avoid regular soap because it can have a drying effect. It is also imperative to use sunscreen on your face and body whenever you are outside.

Choosing cosmetics for ageing skin

Ageing skin tends to be dry so you should start with a good cream moisturiser and eye cream before applying foundation. Choose a lightweight foundation that is one colour lighter than your skin tone to brighten the skin while preventing it from caking into fine lines and wrinkles.

Loose face powder works well to take away the shine, but use with a light hand. A bronzer or illuminator used sparingly on cheeks and under the jaw will bring back your youthful glow. When choosing eye-shadow and lip colour, go for softer shades in cream finishes instead of frosts. Cream finishes are less likely to show up in creases and will give your face a softer look.

Diet to prevent ageing skin

A balanced, healthy diet is important for maintaining healthy skin, especially when it includes foods rich in antioxidants. Lawrence Gibson, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet filled with brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, including carrots, apricots, spinach, and fresh berries like blueberries, as well as fish and nuts that contain important Omega-3 fatty acids. Limit foods high in fat and carbohydrates as these have been found to promote ageing of the skin. And most importantly, drink plenty of water to rid your body of toxins.

Delicious apple flavoured help: revitalise my skin gel supplement keeps skin in tip top condition with skin boosting ingredients CoEnzymeQ10, a proven anti-ageing agent, and Aloe Vera, which aids skin regeneration. The handy gel sticks will fit in any size handbag and can be eaten on the go – perfect for those who are looking for a guilt free snack!

The key ingredient CoEnzymeQ10 can be found in many topical anti-ageing creams as it has both energising and anti-oxidative properties. Scientific research has proven this ingredient is also very effective when taken as an oral supplement.

Aloe Vera has been used for years to calm, nourish and regenerate the skin. Its detoxifying properties help to strengthen skin cells, which results in a younger looking, healthy complexion.


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