Your Age Doesn't have to Show)
The effects of age show on the skin in 7 ways:
1) wrinkles and lines 2) age spots 3) hyper pigmentation 4)
dryness and dullness 5) acne scars and ingrown hairs 6) slack
skin 7) uneven surfaces.
As much as 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, sagging
skin and dryness is caused by exposure to the sun, according
to the American Skin Association. The sun's UV rays damage cells
and blood vessels in the outer layer of skin, causing redness
and painful inflammation. Melanin, the protective pigment found
in the epidermis, defends the skin against sun damage by absorbing
the sun’s rays and dissipating the energy as heat, The more
the exposure to the sun, the more melanin the skin produces,
resulting in suntan - which is the first indication of damage,
UV rays that escape absorbtion by melanin cause
further damage to the skin as they trigger the formation of
free radicals, the destructive compounds that scavenge skin
cells and damage their genetic material to cause breakdowns
More damage is caused by Urocranic acid, a chemical
found in the epidermis, which reacts with ultraviolet light,
creating more free radicals. The free radicals then break down
the collagen and elastin in the skin, causing wrinkles and loss
The environment, level of pollution, genetic and
lifestyle factors are the other players in determining how old
your skin looks and behaves.
As time passes your skin loses collagen. This
gradual loss of collagen that is a part of chronological aging
can develop into sags, furrows and frown lines by the time you
hit the wrong side of 40. But ways exist to combat and slow
Antioxidants are the first step in the fight against free radicals
that breakdown skin structure. Cellular degeneration can be
slowed down with antioxidants, found in vitamins C and E. A
diet of foods rich in antioxidants is a good start, and this
can be augmented by nutritional supplements from natural sources.
Additionally, vitamin-A, used topically, is a potent free-radical
Application of specially formulated skin care
products, containing vitamins C and E, on the skin, is also
helpful as the skin appears and feels soft and smooth. Some
estheticians suggest that vitamin C can actually boost the synthesis
of collagen, in addition to preventing cell degeneration, and
promoting skin elasticity.
However, your skin cells are constantly renewing.
It's a fact, even though it may not seem so, when in your 40s,
and 50s, you find a new puckered area each time you look in
the mirror! So it is possible to undo some of the damage if
you take corrective action.
this test to find out how old your skin is, and what you can
do about it.
Some tips and advice are constant to all beauty
and skin-care experts for maintaining radiant and healthy good
looks at every age. They all recommend that women in their 20s,
30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond supplement a good
everyday skin-care routine with healthy doses of prevention.
We ourselves favour the use of cosmetics deloped from natural
A careful blend of science
and nature is the safest, most effective
skin care system.
There is no way that you can short circuit the
skin care process.
An effective everyday regimen must include cleansing, toning,
exfoliation and moisturizing (add nourishing after age 40).
First determine your skin type, before customising a regimen
to suit it. But be very picky about what you apply on your precious
skin. We recommend
Garden Botanika, which is careful to select the purest
of ingredients for our natural cosmetic line without compromising
the effectiveness. They have made a conscious decision to only
use talc-free, mineral oil free, lanolin free, petrolatum free
and fragrance free cosmetic ingredients, which would otherwise
harm or irritate the delicate facial skin. Instead they use
natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Lavender Flower Wax,
Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E which help promote healthier skin.
Additionally, for the prevention routine, a sunscreen
with UVA and UVB protection, and an under-eye cream, are essential.
An under- eye cream will plump up fine lines below and around
the eyes, whereas a sunscreen will protect from the damaging
effects, mentioned earlier, of the sun's UV rays. Some doctors
also recommend using products with vitamin-A derivatives.
Exfoliation is the magic bullet to make your skin
look instantly more radiant and fresh. The regular removal of
dead cells from the epidermis uncovers the smoother, fresher-looking
skin beneath. It encourages growth of new cells. Alpha-hydroxy
acids (AHAs), which are derived from natural ingredients such
as sugarcane and fruits can serve as natural exfoliators, although
they can be a tad messy to apply.
In fact fruit pectins are a much prized ammunition
to fight modern day pollutants. Pomegranate, for example, is increasingly being used in combating
the effects of pollutants, as it's known to be one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
The benefits another of nature’s most powerful antioxidants,
red wine (Optivegetol extract), are well researched.
Another potent ingredient is Moringa Seed, which is said to contain two naturally
occurring peptides proven to protect and purify the skin against
particle pollution. Red Wine Extract – clinically known as Optivegetol
P-150, contains powerful biophenols that have been laboratory-tested
to scavenge and reduce free radicals.
Cosmetic compounds containing Cranberry Seed Oil
(rich in essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids)
and Cranberry Seed Extract (featuring antioxidant properties
of bioflavanoids such as catechins and quercetin) are also beneficial.
NEVER overlook the 'Cleansing' step. Why is this
so important? Your skin's surface becomes clogged with debris,
sweat, pollutants, present in the air, excess oil and bacteria.
No application is going to be able to reach your skin surface
unless you get all the muck off! Really! Choose something gentle.
You want to remove excess sebum, but not the fat that waterproofs
your skin and protects it. Also use cool water to rinse; too
hot or too cold can cause your skin to dry out and increase
Care after 40: After
40 the gradual, and inevitable, loss of collagen that is a part
of natural aging, becomes more apparent. If you need to repair
the ravages of time on a war footing, you can consider a surgical
face lift or a Botox injection. However, these procedures are
painful and expensive! The good news is that today's futuristic
scientific knowledge has devised natural formulae to avoid such
extreme treatments. The latest formulae are created
with collagen and cell renewing ingredients that work as a natural
face-lift, without the need for Botox and other painful surgical
There are a few other things you can do that can
prevent the appearance of lines and the loss of elasticity that
comes from natural aging.
Skincare Routine: Use
the more intensive daily care regimen formulated for older skins.
Add a nourishing cream in addition to hydration. You may need
to use a special formula if your lips have started to droop.
Diet: Drink 8 glasses
of water every day, starting with a glass first thing in the
morning, on an empty stomach. Stick to a balanced diet with
adequate quantities of cereal, leafy green and brightly colored
vegetables, protein. Olive oil is the cooking medium we favour.
Sleep: It is while
you sleep that your skin cells get their nourishment. Your cells
can regenerate only while you sleep. Some hormonal secretions
can take place only when you are in the deep delta 3
and 4 of NREM sleep. So get to bed earlier; at least 1 or 2
hours early than you did. Our page on 'sleep' has more information
on this subject. Sleeping
problems? Look for more information here:
Nutritionals: Medical experts agree
that it is not possible to obtain the necessary balanced nutrition
from our everyday diet, unless we are willing to buy expensive
Crops today grow in soil depleted of their natural nutrients
and loaded with artificial fertilizers. So one has to depend
on vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure good health and
a strong immune system. Flax
seed oil, Folic acid, Omega 3 oils, vitamins B, C, D, E, Saw
Palmetto, L-Carnitine, Garlic and CoQ10 are some of the
ingredients that we ourselves take as supplements to our normal
diet. Only remember that while thousands of brands are available,
some are superior to others.
is the panacea to most ailments, and an amazing number of
age-related maladies can be kept at bay, and even cured, by
exercise alone. Your skin too ill show the effects of re-energised
blood circulation that is an immediate result of exercise. For
a low intensity but balanced regimen that can have an astounding
effect on your appearance use the Tibetan Rejuvenation Technique.
It is an exercise regimen developed to activate hormonal secretions
of the body, and can be tailored to challenge different levels
of physical fitness, from the most sedentary to the most athletic.
We use it ourselves. For more
information on the Tibetan Rejuvenation Technique, click here.
Sex: A satisfying
sex life (with a steady partner) has a very beneficial effect
on your skin, part from extending life expectancy by at least
two years. As you age, hormonal changes may affect sexual appetite
and desire, while changes in metabolism may translate to physical
inability. Practice of The Tibetan technique will ensure that
you maintain your vitality and stamina. If you find yourself
without a loving partner, remember that there may be other singles
out there, perhaps looking for you.
Lastly, never overlook the obvious - professional and proven advice from a doctor in the field of skin-care. We recently came across an extremely informative site set up by a medical doctor and recommend that you visit it for wrinkle-free skin.
All said and done, your skin is also a true barometer of your
life style. For
more on life style factors that can affect your health and the
condition of your skin, click
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