Proper Care of Aging Skin

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 3:40pm

It’s never easy to come to terms with the fact that we’re all going to get older at some point - but it’s inevitable. The good news is that just because you’re getting older, it doesn’t mean that you stop taking care of yourself and neglect your body and most importantly, your skin. 

As we get older, there are a number of factors that have an effect on our skin. The environment you live in play a huge role in how your skin ages, for example. If you live in a city, then you’re exposed to a lot of pollution, which is bound to take a toll and cause your skin to age at a much faster pace. If you have a couple of bad habits such as smoking and eat unhealthy food, then this too will affect the rate at which your skin ages. Stress also plays a huge role when it comes to aging. There are a couple of things, such as bad habits and our lifestyle that we can change to take a hold over how our skin feels and looks over the passage of time, but sometimes, we simply cannot control other factors such as the environment that we live and the level of stress we’re exposed to. What is within our control though is how well we take care of our skin. 

There are plenty of ways in which you can take proper care of aging skin, and we’re going to provide you with a few important tips to get you started.

Stay out of the sun

While we love to get our dose of vitamin D by sitting in the sun every now and then, the fact that with every passing year the sun is becoming more and more harmful to our skin is something that cannot be ignored- especially if you’re aging. What we don’t realize is that even by just walked from one place to another during the day, your skin is still being exposed to harmful UV rays that cause damage to your skin. What you need to do is invest in a decent pair of sunglasses, because these will help protect the skin around the eyes from the rays. Find an effective yet light sunscreen or moisturizer that has sunscreen in it and make it a habit to put it on your face before you go out every morning. If you live in a sunny city, then consider getting a hat as well.

Have a cleansing routine

This is something you need to have in place from a young age so that you can prevent your skin from aging later on in life. However, if you’ve never had one before, it’s still not too late to get a proper routine to play so that you’re taking care of your skin. Make sure that you have a decent face wash, toner and a soft towel so that you are not applying any kind of harsh pressure onto your skin. You have to remember that as we get older, our skin gets weaker and thinner and so it’s extremely important that you research to find out which skincare products are suitable for your age and your skin type as well. It’s never a bad idea to visit a dermatologist first so they can advise you on what kind of products would work best for you. You need to ensure that you stick to these routines day and night, every single day- only then will you be able to see a noticeable difference.

Consider non-surgical procedures

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting non-surgical procedures done as you get older. They are becoming more and more popular, and the options are plenty, so you’re bound to find one to take care of whatever it is that’s bothering you about the appearance of your skin. There are procedures that can take care of wrinkles through skin tightening that are completely safe, non-invasive, and extremely effective. You need to make sure that you consult with reliable people in the field because they truly are a dime a dozen. You can have facial treatments that help liven up your skin as well, and you can also have treatments that allow your body to feel young again, such as coolsculpting. All you need to do is get a bit of research done, because there are many options that don’t look unnatural at all and you’ll also end up feeling great.

Get sufficient sleep

It may seem simple enough, but getting sufficient sleep plays a huge role in how your skin looks and feels as you get older. Your body needs to rejuvenate while you sleep, and if you’re not getting the required amount of rest, then the effects will immediately show on your face. Your eyes will droop and your skin will be dull, so make sure that you get enough sleep on a daily basis to ensure that your skin has changed to rejuvenate.

Kick out the bad habits

Smoking and alcohol have terrible effects on your skin, and as you get older, they become more and more prevalent and the effects show on your skin. Both cause dehydration and affect circulation, which means the blood flow is not functioning the way it should. By cutting out smoking and alcohol and focusing on hydrating your body with water and juices, you allow your skin to become more plump and the appearance of wrinkles will lessen considerably.

Eat a healthier diet

Everything you put into your body, especially when you are older, will affect the appearance of your skin. When you eat greasy and unhealthy food, you will no longer have the necessary nutrients that your skin needs to stay healthy. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables and you’ll see how amazingly effective they will be in helping you skin stay glowing and healthy. 

With old age comes a heavier responsibility of self care. And our skin is what is on the surface or our bodies - if we don’t take care of our bodies from the inside then it will show more and more, especially as we age. Don’t stop taking care of your skin - commit to a proper skincare routine and be conscious of what you expose your skin to, such as sunlight, and make sure that you lead an overall healthier lifestyle.