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October 13, 2021
If you are over 30 years old, you know there are things you would tell your 20-year-old self to make life a little easier or enjoyable, right! Today we are going to explore a similar thought.
Aging does not happen all the sudden. What happens is a combination of gradual changes we often ignore. If we knew what to do before this process gets out of hand, we would be so much further along on our skincare journey. While it is never too late for anyone to start, the tips in THIS blog post will make aging gracefully even more successful.
Read on to discover some PROACTIVE steps to aging gracefully.
The outer skin layer thins (epidermis), even though the number of cell layers remain unchanged. The number of pigment-containing cells decreases (melanocytes). The remaining melanocytes increase in size. This is why aging skin gets thinner, paler, and more translucent.
The shape of the face and neck change due to loss of muscle tone and thinning skin. Things get flabby and droopy. The underlying layer of fat shrinks so our face no longer has a plump, smooth surface. Even when your muscles are in top working order, certain repetitive motions can etch lines in your skin. For example, sleeping on your side squishes the face creating folds over time. A constant pursing of the lips creates the 11's, and so forth.
Understanding what is going to happen is the first step to knowing the actions we can take to age more gracefully.
The number 1 thing that causes early wrinkling is unprotected skin from over exposure to ultraviolet light (sunshine). UV rays from the sun breaks down the skin's connective tissue, the collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis).
IMPORTANT: This is a gradual breaking down over time which makes it seem like it sneaks up on us. This is not something to ignore IF you care about aging gracefully.
If you are worried about getting enough Vitamin D from the sun, know that all we need is 10-20 minutes in direct midday sunlight 3-4 times a week to get adequate Vitamin D.
You should ALWAYS use sunscreen SPF 50! The skin of people who are super sensitive to UV radiation, such as very fair-skinned people, UV radiation starts becoming harmful after only 5 to 10 minutes. YIKES!
Please don't ignore this advice. Youth is not something that lasts forever for anyone! BUT you can make it last longer with a few tips!
When we understand how our daily habits (or lack thereof) affect the aging process of our skin, we understand that premature aging skin can be avoided - and in fact - we can age gracefully for much longer!
Here's some important tips.
Put these steps into practice NOW no matter what your age. Share this with your your younger family, friends and colleagues.
Aging is NOT avoidable, but aging can be experienced with grace and we can look our best longer when taking these proactive steps.
October 20, 2021
September 29, 2021
Many of us were not fortunate enough to learn the importance of caring for our skin on a daily basis in our early years. If we did, we may have ignored the advice because we felt our youth would last forever - until it didn't.
Top this off with the limited availability of quality products and technology up until about 10 years ago, and many of us are behind in the progress we'd like to have achieved by now.
You are not alone! BUT - are you too late?
September 22, 2021