Aging the Right Way

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Skin Changes with Time

Age is something that we have grown to fear and we all seem to dread the process of going through it. One day we are young and care-free and the next day we wake up and see lines that weren’t there before – in the corners of our eyes, the side of our mouth when we smile, or that our necks are not as smooth as they used to be. Before we know it, we almost feel unrecognizable to ourselves.

In childhood, our skin is at its healthiest. Our parents go to great lengths to cover us up from the sun with sunscreen, hats, and long-sleeved attire. At our youngest, our skin is also the most susceptible to damage. Into our teenage years, our skin battles growing issues of acne and increased sun exposure as we become more lax about the protection of our skin.

It’s not until we advance into our twenties and thirties that we start to see the beginning of our skin really starting to age. Naturally, over time, skin loses collagen and elastin that keep it wrinkle-free and young-looking. Although aging is a process that can’t be reversed, there are ways to prolong the appearance of it and diminish existing signs. The more we know about how to slow the signs the aging, the more comfortably we can embrace the process of it.

Looking For the Right Product

So what can we do to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles? Inundated with the number of anti-aging products on the market, how do you choose the right one? There are cleansers, moisturizers, and more in-depth procedures that target the resurfacing of younger skin and age spots, and injectable fillers for lines and wrinkles.

Anti-aging products should contain Retinol, a vitamin A compound. Healthy skin needs vitamins and nutrients, just like the rest of your body. Hydroxy Acids exfoliate dead skin so that younger, smoother skin can rise to the surface. When you exfoliate, you are giving necessary moisture a chance to get to the skin underneath. It also assists in cell turnover. The more cell reproduction there is, the more the body regenerates newer, healthier skin. Copper peptides in anti-aging products help heal scarring, enhancing the appearance of skin. Products with tea extracts provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which keeps skin healthy and looking young.

Prevention from the Start

Of course, the best way to stop the aging signs are to avoid the elements that excel the process of it. The sooner you take steps to protect your skin, the better. The most important thing you can do is protect yourself from the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet ray’s is one of the biggest offenders in the cause of wrinkles and uneven skin tone, breaking down collagen and elastin which gives skin its strength and flexibility. If you know you’ll be out in the sun, especially for an extended period of time, use sunscreen. Take care in applying sunscreen or covering up any other exposed parts of your body like your arms, legs, neck and hands.  Many cosmetic products come with an SPF now, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to apply sunscreen separately for daily use.

Skin Needs Moisture

Your skin can benefit greatly from moisturizing. After washing your face, apply a moisturizer, especially around problem-areas such as around the eyes. It will even out the skin and plump it up, filling in and reducing lines and wrinkles. You’ll find after moisturizing, applying make-up will go on even smoother, and will be even better in covering up pesky skin flaws. Applying make-up to dry skin will only end up sticking to lines and wrinkles, bringing out the appearance of them that much more. With age, skin loses that young, radiant glow, giving way to dull, dry skin. Moisturizing will help to bring back brighter skin tone that you had before. With just a little help from anti-aging products, make-up and remembering to moisturize, your skin will be very thankful and its results will most definitely show.

This guest post was written by the skin care experts at www.DorMauri.com.

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