It is a sad reality that we live in a youth obsessed world. If you don't agree, just take a look at the many actors who have chosen to go under the knife in an attempt to hold on to their youth. Sure,we want to look our best but somewhere along the way,our best has come to mean looking young, as opposed to being and feeling youthful. I think there is a big difference between the two. Wanting to look young is how I would describe a certain entertainer in her fifties who shall remain nameless who seems to want to look the same age as her daughter. She sure looks like she borrows her daughters'clothes or should I say clothes that would be inappropriate even for her daughter to wear! Get over it already! You don't look young, you look ridiculous!
Looking youthful on the other hand has more to do with accepting the passing of time and working with it rather than against it. It's taking care of yourself,eating right, exercising, getting enough rest, doing things you enjoy. Depending on what end of the aging curve you are on, you have earned some or all of those things.
I personally like smile lines. It means you have smiled a lot! Unless you smile for a living, why is is that a bad thing?
Now if you have lines on you face that you just hate and you know you would look much better without them, by all means talk to a reputable plastic surgeon about getting "a little procedure."
However,if, the junkie that you are, have had so many procedures you need a photograph to remember what you looked like, you are at the very least,chasing youth or seriously in need of therapy.
That said, there are a lot of things you can do to stay looking beautiful regardless of your age. Consistency is the key and it is never too early or too late to start.
First off is your skin care regimen appropriate for your age? With all of the skin care products available on the market, it is hard to determine exactly what you need. Sure, if you have a specific skin issue , there are likely products available to address that specific concern.
Where it gets a little complicated is finding the right product for you now-at this point in your life. In our age obsessed
culture, most of the emphasis is placed on anti aging and aging skin treatments.That makes sense because living IS aging.
We cant avoid it.
The best ingredients for a 20 year old aren't the best for a 40 year old. Their needs are different. There are some exceptions.
Here are two that are not only appropriate for everyone,they should be mandatory!
1. EVERYONE regardless of age or ethnicity should use a sunscreen! If you have fair skin,you already know this.If you don't you should, because your lack of pigment gives you very little protection against harmful UV rays.
Skin cancer is no joke and no one gets a free pass. Even though the occurrence of skin cancer is lower among darker skinned individuals because they have more melanin,that still isn't enough protection against skin cancer.Be safe, not sorry and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, one with UVA/UVB protection with a minimum SPF of at least 20- higher if you have fair skin, EVERYDAY. Use it every 3-4 hours if you are sweating or swimming. Use it even when it is cloudy. UVA/UVB rays are still able to penetrate even on cloudy days.
Protect your skin, and if you have children, protect their skin too. It is a known fact that most photo (or sun )damage occurs when we are children. Protecting your child's skin now will help keep their skin looking youthful when they are old enough for that to matter.
Do the same for the men in your lives. A recent study shows that Seventy percent more men in the U.K. are dying from malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, than women.
Most men are notoriously lax when it comes to skin care.Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/health#ixzz2d12vZJWu
Don't forget to protect your lips! Use a protective lip balm that also contains a sunscreen.
2. The fact is that even using a sunscreen is not enough protection. You also need include a high potency anti-oxidant for early prevention of sun damage. Anti-oxidants act as scavengers, eating and neutralizing the damaging molecules that are in the air we breathe everyday.They provide us with extra protection against the sun's rays and protect against free radicals which are particles in the atmosphere that can cause a harmful chemical reaction known as oxidation. Which basically means that it kills skin cells early and adds to the early aging process.
Anti-oxidants offer protection both internally and externally. Include them in your diet and look for topical treatments that include anti-oxidants.
Vitamin C is the most common and well known anti-oxidant. There are a number of fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C. I have included a link from the Huffington post of foods that contain more vitamin C than the old staple, oranges. .http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/vitamin-c-foods_n_1457397.html
Many skin care products also include vitamin C. Look for products that also include vitamins A and E which not only boosts the cell protecting power of vitamin C, they also help to keep this unstable vitamin, more stable, and help skin re-build it's own collagen.
Other powerhouse plant based anti-oxidants are
My personal favorite,Pomegranate
Red wine (resveratrol)
Chocolate extract or dark chocolate if you would rather eat this anti-oxidant
Grape seed extract.
There are many others as well but the ones listed above are some of the easiest to find.
Skin care by the decade.
If you didn't take care of your skin either as a child or teenager, more likely than not, you have some or a lot of sun damage-particularly if you remember getting sunburned a lot. Getting that tan because you think you look better with one can be a recipe for disaster. Stop! Give up the tanning beds too. If the previous describes you even just a little bit, your mantra should be all about Repair and Protection.
Your A.M skin care should always include protectors-sunscreen and anti-oxidants.
Your P.M regimen is about Reversal, repair and restoration. Look for products that include ingredients that will help repair sun damage.If the damage is really bad, a dermatologist can do a skin test and prescribe topical treatments to help reverse
the damage. Look for skin brightening products to erase dark spots and help to even your skin tone. Many of the above listed anti-oxidants also have skin lightening ingredients. They will help to reveal fresh new, healthy skin.
Amino acids also help to repair skin. Paired with certain extracts, they can also help to calm and soothe irritated skin.
You probably don't have any wrinkles which is the perfect time to start a regimen to prevent them. Use a good moisturizer to keep your skin elastic. Peptides help to stimulate collagen production which helps to keep the lines and wrinkles at bay. PM is a great time to address any other skin concerns you might have because the ingredients work better while you sleep.
You might begin to notice some fine lines and gasp, some wrinkles. This is when collagen and elastin begin to diminish and our skins' ability to regenerate begins slow down. You might find that your skin looks duller and your complexion is more uneven.
As in your twenties your a.m regimen should be all about protection-sun screen and anti-oxidants are crucial. Anti-oxidants are especially important now because they will help fight free radicals that are causing the degradation of collagen and elastin.
Your P.M regimen should include ingredients that help increase collagen production. If your skin is dull, this is also a good time to include ingredients that increase cell turnover-exfoliators. Exfoliators will help keep your skin looking and feeling soft and dewy by allowing younger healthier skin to surface.
Facial tissue starts to diminish now causing looser and saggier skin.Your skin might also feel thinner and more sensitive, not to mention quite a bit drier. You might also start to notice age spots,more freckles and other signs of photo damage.
Your A.M regimen should still be about sun protection-sunscreen and anti-oxidants (try pomegranate). Keeping your skin moisturized is vital. Look for products that include humectants like hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and help other beneficial ingredients penetrate. Your skin might also feel irritated. Look for products that calm and soothe skin and reduce redness.
Your PM regimen should include collagen and elastin builders to help reduce lines and wrinkles. You might also need to erase sun damage so include a skin brightening treatment. Don't forget to moisturize. Even if you don't believe in using serums, keeping your skin moisturized is one of the best non surgical ways to help keep your skin elastic.
If you haven't gone through "the change"as my mother used to put it, your hormones have probably gone a little crazy.
Your skin is probably even drier, yet you might even find that your skin is breaking out-a regression you never anticipated! Your skins' moisture barrier is rapidly deteriorating and hydration should be the cornerstone of your skin care regimen now. If your skin is especially dry, look for products that contain humectants like hyaluronic acid, and yhour moisurizer should probably be a lot thicker and richer.
You also want to continue using collagen and elastin boosting products.
Consider including botanical extracts like Yucca to help protect your skins' moisture barrier and algae or green or white tea to boost immunity, provide anti-oxidant protection.
Your A.M regimen as before should include a sunscreen, anti-oxidants AND hydration
Your PM regimen should include hydration/moisturization and ingredients that address any other concerns you have.
In conclusion,these tips may not help you look twenty when you are fifty- nothing, not even surgery can do that, but they can help you look your best for your age.
A finally note for those in your 30s,40s,50's and on.You are going to find that you skin care regimen gets longer as you get older. Particularly if you invest in high potency serums.
Serums are wonderfully concentrated and are great over the counter skin treatments. It is unlikely that you will find one serum that addresses all of your needs, however you can use two or three different ones, a layer at a time. Make sure to wait for each layer to penetrate before applying another one. Time consuming, yes, but aren't you worth it?