Smooth, luminous skin is something you can achieve through proper skin care. This article offers advice on caring for your skin at every stage of your life. You can have vibrant, glowing skin that gets compliments well after your grandchildren are grown!
We have all seen women (and a few men) that looked much younger than their age and wondered how they had such supple, vibrant skin. Short of a facelift or other costly procedures, you can have young looking, radiant skin well into your later years! Many natural ingredients may be found in your kitchen that work miracles, as well. This article details skin care through the decades. Start in your 20s, and when you reach the golden years, you will have skin that draws compliments on a regular basis!
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you start taking great care of it early, the results will be well worth the care and time spent. No one wants to look their age – or even older! Here are some tips for luminous, beautiful skin.
In Your Twenties
Beginning in your early twenties, you should become aware of the importance of skin care for your special skin type. You should also start warding off premature aging by wearing sunblock and avoiding excessive sun exposure. If you have oily skin, consider it a blessing! Your skin will age slower as you grow older because it is naturally lubricated.
For most in their twenties with normal skin, a light moisturizer used in the morning and evening following cleansing is all that is necessary. You may want to use a light eye cream or gel, as well, to stave off those tiny lines that tend to develop in this area, where the skin is paper-thin and delicate.
In Your Thirties
This is the time when most women start noticing small changes in their skin. It may seem a bit dryer, or you may start experiencing discolorations. There are many products available today that fight the signs of aging effectively.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it fights free radicals and skin damage. Continue using sunblock and use Vitamin C Ester on your skin to keep it looking young. Water is also important for maintaining skin hydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water each day. Look for serums that contain collagen-boosting peptides, such as copper.
In Your Forties
During this decade, skin changes are noticeable. Brown spots become even more pronounced, skin tends to look blotchy, and fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. Collagen and elastin fibers in the skin begin to break down, which can leave skin looking sallow.
To care for skin in the forties, cleanse gently and use natural antioxidant products, such as pure vitamins C and E. As always, use sunblock to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. During this period in your life, AHAs or alpha hydroxy acids are effective for gently exfoliating the outer layer of skin, which helps expose vibrant, younger-looking skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are natural acids found in fruits and other compounds.
In the kitchen, products like oranges, lemons, milk, and bananas contain AHAs. Mash a little banana with some orange, apply to your facial skin, and relax for a few minutes, while natural fruit acids give your skin a youthful glow!
In Your Fifties
During your late forties and early fifties, sagging of the neck and jowl areas add years to your appearance. Short of having surgery, a combination of antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, and retinoids can tighten and lift the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Age spots should still be protected with sunscreens. AHAs and retinol helps keep your skin looking young and refreshed. If you have light age spots, a cream containing hydroquinone works effectively to lighten them.
In Your Sixties and Beyond
These are the years when your skin really gets rough and dry, and wrinkles become much more pronounced. Much of this is due to hormonal changes, as well as a loss of moisture from the outer layers of the skin. What goes in your body results in the way your skin looks, so increase your intake of Vitamins A and E during these years to promote new cell growth.
Again, never go outdoors without sunscreen or sunblock – even when it is cloudy! Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Continue to drink a good amount of water every day to hydrate your skin from within. When it comes to moisturizing, apply a cream or lotion that is thick and contains ingredients, like alpha hydroxy acids and retinol. Apply each morning and each evening to maintain skin that is supple and luminous.
As skin ages, it becomes more fragile and is easier to damage. Wash your face with gentle motions, using a gentle cleanser. Always apply moisturizer and other treatments using light, upward motion and be particularly careful around the delicate eye area.
Follow these tips, and you can have skin that is vibrant and glows with good health. Even in your seventies, eighties, and beyond, you can have luminous skin that still gets compliments!