If you’ve already started following the guidelines laid out in my food plan in the Nutrition section, you’re already on the right path to having younger looking skin…even if you’re over age 50 . There’s nothing too complicated about it, but it does require some dedication and effort to restore that healthy glow you once had. The good news is, it IS possible and it doesn’t have to cost you the price of going under the knife. We’re going to have a brief anatomy lesson and then, we’ll take a look at some natural remedies and things to avoid to HAVE YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN. You should know that even if you feel like your skin has too much damage, it can be stopped and even reversed, if you know how and are willing to put forth some effort. First, lets take a look at the anatomy of our skin:
The Anatomy of the Skin
- The outer layer is the epidermis. This is a paper thin protective layer, consisting of dead skin cells that hold in moisture and oil. It is constantly shedding and then, replaced as fresh cells push their way to the surface, flatten and then, die. As we age this shedding or sloughing process slows down and is why our skin can look dull and dry.
- The middle layer is the dermis. It makes up about 90% of the skin and is where nerve receptors and blood vessels are located. It also consists of sweat glands, sebaceous glands, collagen and elastin. Collagen production starts to diminish in our twenties and by midlife we could have lost up to 20% of our collagen layer, which results in wrinkles and sagging. Secretions from the oil glands slow down, too, which is why we tend to have dryer skin. By age 50, the capacity of the skin to repair itself slows down greatly.
- The third layer is a fat layer underlying the epidermis and the middle dermis
Some Things to Avoid
- High transfat diet
- Overexposure to the sun
- High refined carb diet
- Non-pH-balanced soap
- Harsh detergents
- High blood sugar and insulin
- Free radicals and toxins
Foods You Should Be Including in Your Diet for Younger Looking Skin Are High in Vitamins C & E
- Red Peppers
- Water (at least 8 8oz glasses of filtered or distilled)
- Fish (especially salmon, sardines, swordfish)
Skin Care Regimen for Women Over 50 (or, earlier. The sooner, the better)
- Cleanse your skin regularly. Your skin acts as a filter, removing waste material from your body each day. So, keeping you pores clean and clear helps your skin to remove waste products more efficiently. If your skin is dry, cleanse thoroughly once per day and twice if it’s oily. Don’t forget your neck. Remove all makeup every night. Use a cleansing lotion or soap that is pH balanced. Avoid overuse of astringents.
- Close pores after cleansing. You can use a toner or a splash of cool water.
- Renew skin with exfoliants and topical antioxidants. When the sloughing of dead skin cells slows down as we age, it prevents the plumper new skin cells from coming to the surface. That’s why our skin starts to look dull at midlife. With regular exfoliation, you’ll help to remove old dead skin from the surface, open your pores and speed up new skin growth. You can either do this with a clean washcloth or with products that contain fruit acids that help normalize your skin (alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy or glycolic acids) and antioxidants that resist free-radical damage and help fight wrinkles.
- Use a Sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher every day on your face, neck and hands (except during the early morning or late afternoon for optimal Vit. D absorption from the sun)
- Moisturize morning and night
Foods for Topical Skin Care
Once or twice a week try treating your face, topically, with antioxidants and fruit acids found in foods you probably already have in your frig.:
- Plain yogurt (unsweetened) applied to your face makes a nourishing mask that gives your skin the benefits of lactic acid and also hydrating effects of milk proteins. You can add pureed fresh fruit to it.
- Slice up a cucumber and apply to your eyelids and cheeks to help you relax and get ready for sleep.
- Apply moistened green tea bags to your eyelids for a soothing antioxidant treat.
- Mix mashed up fresh fruits like peaches, strawberries or apples with finely ground oatmeal for a nourishing facial mask. You can also use parley, fresh basil, rosemary or thyme. You’ll only need about 15 min. for your skin to absorb the nutrients from these foods, so that’s all you’ll need to benefit from a rejuvenating facial mask.
- In China, the women mix green tea powder into brewed white tea to create a natural antioxidant face mask to help fight wrinkles.
- My personal favorite and the easiest thing you can do, is pat on a small amount of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil all around your face, especially under the eyes, forehead and around the mouth. I do this every morning and night, after cleansing. You need a small amount, less than pea size, let it melt in the palm of your hand and gently dab onto your face. It’ll seem shiny at first, but it will absorb into the skin pretty quickly.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you found something useful here. Please feel free to leave your comment or question below regarding skin care and how to have younger looking skin over age 50. And, as always, BE WELL!