Face aging? Well, you know, it’s never too late to do something about it.
There are a few factors that contribute to an aging face.
Diet, pollution, stress, smoking, the sun, dehydration, and physical activity.
The good news is, you can limit some of these and improve your skin.
If you find you are out in the sun a lot, just make sure you slather on a natural sunscreen to your face and neck.
The Skins Layers
Your skin has three layers, epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous.
The epidermis is the first layer and this is where you find dead skin cells and the first signs of a face aging.
The dermis is the second layer where you will find elastin and collagen, needed for younger looking skin.
The subcutaneous layer keeps everything in and provides fat.
In fact, the fat in your face gives a very even, smooth appearance when you are young. As you age, the fat loses its strength and tone and pretty much moves downwards, with everything else.
Skin becomes baggy and loose and this is why you end up with an aging face.
As you age, the collagen and elastin in the dermis tissue begin to weaken. By the time you reach your 40’s, your body no longer produces collagen.
Around this time a woman reaches menopause, estrogen levels begin to decrease. Skin can become thinner, lose tone and have an increase in wrinkles.
So, what do you do? You look for foods and natural oils to help increase collagen and elastin. These, in turn, give you a more youthful appearance.
Being in my 50’s now, I am always looking for ways to improve my skin tone. Therefore I help prevent my face aging.
Face Aging How To Prevent It
When you are young, your skin regenerates itself about every 27 days, as you age, your skin’s regeneration process slows down.
Most of the skin cell regeneration happens at night between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am.
This is why is important to get a good nights sleep so, skin can repair itself during this time.
Use Products On Your Skin At Night Which Is Active
Your skin cells during the night are in repair mode. Active ingredients in whatever product you use will be absorbed by the cells of the skin.
During the day, your skin goes into protective mode. For this reason, it makes sense to use a regenerative product at night and a protective one during the day, such sunscreen.
When you use a product with active ingredients during the day, the sunlight can make them less effective. Antioxidants exposed to sunlight, like Vitamin C and Vitamin A are destroyed.
Plus the product you are using during the day also has to contend with makeup and/or sunscreen.
Therefore to prevent your face aging, use the active ingredients of a product at night.
Retinoids are good for night-time use.
This is a form of vitamin A and contains the active ingredient alpha hydroxy acids. Together with vitamin A, your skin will produce more collagen.
In turn, speed up the process of removing old skin cells and producing new cells.
Because your skin temperature is higher at night, it is better able to absorb the antioxidants from the skincare you are using.
It is easy to fall into the trap of buying the latest skin care, and every one of them is marketed to do an amazing job. However, there is very little science behind many of them.
Most of them have a very small amount of the ingredient your skin needs and in turn, will do nothing for you.
Aging Face Don’t Exfoliate Too Much
Don’t exfoliate your face in the mornings, always do this at night and don’t do it too often, 3 times a week is usually best.
I know many women will do this in the morning. If you really want to improve your skin tone and slow down your face aging do it in the evenings.
First of all, the skin is now in protective mode for the day and needs all the protection it can get.
If you exfoliate in the evenings only, you will notice a difference in skin tone.
Make sure the exfoliant you use is gentle and not too rough on your skin
The skin is a delicate organ and doesn’t need a hard scrub, and don’t scrub your lips they are very delicate.
I like to exfoliate with raw sugar and olive oil.
Let Your Skin Breathe
Sometimes it is a good idea to let your skin breath. This is especially helpful if you have dry skin and in the habit of applying a lot of thick creams to your face.
Constant moisturising tells your sebaceous glands to slow down on producing moisture. This is a sure way to a face aging quickly.
The sebaceous glands are connected to hair follicles and release sebum through your pores. Sebum helps prevent your skin from drying out.
Don’t be fooled by collagen supplements either. There is no evidence to suggest such supplements actually work.
If you do want to take supplements for your skin, try MSM, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
These are three of the best when it comes to helping prevent your face aging.