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How to Have Younger Looking Skin: Even After Age 50

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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 SkinAnatomy of the skin

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The third layer is a fat layer underlying the epidermis and the middle dermis

Some Things to Avoid

  • High transfat diet
  • Smoking
  • Overexposure to the sun
  • High refined carb diet
  • Non-pH-balanced soap
  • Harsh detergents
  • High blood sugar and insulin
  • Free radicals and toxins
  • Stress

Foods You Should Be Including in Your Diet for Younger Looking Skin Are High in Vitamins C & E

fruits and vegetables

  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Red Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Apricots
  • Kale
  • Turnips
  • Fiber
  • Water (at least 8 8oz glasses of filtered or distilled)
  • Fish (especially salmon, sardines, swordfish)
  • Soy

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.

cucumbers on the eyes

  • 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!

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7 thoughts on “How to Have Younger Looking Skin: Even After Age 50

  1. Terrific advice Barb. I would also add to drink plenty of green juices particularly spinach, kale and parsley – mix it with some apples and it really cleanses and detoxifies the body well. Keeps the kidneys and liver running smoothly. FResh circulating, clean air, some morning or evening sunlight and sweating is also important to help the body eliminate.

    Fruits to clean, veggies to build! 🙂

    • Hi SamDal! Thanks for your useful comments…yes, I’m planning on adding a post on cleansing, so thank you for those tips!

      Be Well!

      Barb

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  3. I’m a 31 year old male but I started becoming more particular about my facial skin since I started noticing wrinkles on my forehead not too long ago. I do a lot of physical exercises and I am exposed to sun a lot and I think that may be the result of them. I thought I was always going to look young and skin did not matter. I should have listened to my mom when she told me to put on lotion and sunscreen when I’m outside.

    Anyways, so I’ve been following everything that is listed on the article except for sunscreen and face masks. I’ll start off with sunscreen and eventually start using face masks as well. Well one step at a time!

    I know some will think it’s funny a 30 year old male being particular about skin. But I was inspired by singer Pharrell Williams who look like who never aged in decades. And I heard that what he does most men get lazy about is that he washes his face and takes care of his skin. So he hasn’t looked that different than 20 years ago.

    • Thanks, Joon, you made a valid point here! Younger, healthier looking skin isn’t just the desire of us 50+ old ladies; it’s EVERYONE’S! And, truthfully, the earlier you get started caring for your skin, the better. I’m so happy to hear that you’re taking an interest in caring about keeping your skin young and beautiful!

      Your line, “I thought I was always going to look young and skin did not matter” really struck me! I remember thinking that way when I was younger…seems like yesterday! 50 sneaks up on you before you know it!

      I hope you are taking care of the rest of you as well! A healthy diet and lifestyle goes a looooong way in looking and feeling younger. Don’t be afraid to browse the rest of my site for tips. The diet is geared toward women over 50, but will work for anyone at any age. http://healthandwellnessforwomenover50.com/nutriti

      And check out my supplement page…I know you’ll find something of benefit for you within the Onnit site

      http://healthandwellnessforwomenover50.com/onnit-s

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on my post!

      Be Well, my friend!

      Barb

  4. I still have a few more years before I turn 50, so this is some information I will pack away for now. As a second thought I realize what’s to stop me from caring for my skin now. All the stuff you have on here as a resource for having great skin, I’m going to implement now rather than later.

    Some of the things they already know about that you have on here others I didn’t know about.

    Thank you for the great information.

    • absolutely!! It’s never too early to get started…prevention is the best remedy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I’m so happy you found something of benefit.

      Be Well!

      Barb

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