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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Aging And Your Mature Skin

Karel has kindly provided us with another article on skin care, and this article I find particularly useful and interesting when it comes to daily cleansing and then the part on facial excercises. You can visit Karel’s site at www.skincarekdl.com or email him on sales@skincarekdl.com.

Aging is part of life. By embracing and learning how to take care of your skin, you can have healthy, vibrant skin – skin that leaves people wondering how many years “young” you are.

As you approach mid-life, your skin care routine should centre on preventing further sun damage and replenishing moisture, which your skin has naturally.  Lack of moisture is one of the main characteristics of mature skin as well as the vitamin and mineral contents of the skin are altered resulting in those unwanted ugly wrinkles and a thinner skin.

1.     Wear sunscreen (SPF 30) every day. Sunscreen does more than prevent sunburn.  Daily use of sunscreen throughout your life can reduce signs of aging such as age spots and fine lines as well as significantly decrease your risk of developing skin cancer.
2.     Change your skincare products.  Products that worked in your teens may not be suitable in your 40’s and 50’s.  Deodorant, soaps, alcohol-based toners, and products than contain fragrance can leave mature skin feeling irritated and dry.
3.     Give your skin what it needs.  A product that contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) can help remove the dead outer layers of skin, leaving your face with a fresh, younger appearance.  Hyaluronic Acid, called “the fountain of youth”; a natural substance found within your body, and used by dermatologist and aesthetic doctors in derma fillers, does wonders to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles (Anti Age cream by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).
4.     Moisturise.  Oil production in the skin diminishes in our 40s, so it is important to moisturize if your skin feels dry.  The best time to moisturize is right after bathing. I highly recommend the (Day moisturiser and Evening Moisturiser by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare)
If your skin still feels dry with regular moisturizing after bathing, apply natural 100% Emu oil by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare. Emu oil is high in omega 3, 6, 7, 9 essential fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, does not clog your pores and contains high anti-aging and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
5.     Manage stress.  It is important to effectively manage stress.  Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your skin.  Stress causes the body to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol.  As cortisol levels rise, oil production increases. This can lead to oily skin, acne, and related skin problems as well as developing skin cancer.
6.     Get regular skin cancer exams.  The risk of developing skin cancer increases as we age.  Dermatologists encourage regular skin cancer examinations, which can help detect skin cancer early.  With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for skin cancer averages 95%.
7.     General skin care routine.  The general skin care routine of cleansing, exfoliating with a very gentle exfoliator, toning, moisturise  and sunscreen still applies.

Facial exercises to help reduce wrinkles
Exercising is not jut for six pack abs and rock hard things. You don’t have to go to the gym, you can do these in the office or while watching your favourite movie. Follow these easy facial exercises and you will be amazed by the results!

Facial exercises involve pulling, stretching and creating variations to your usual facial expressions.  Since facial muscles have little or limited range of motion throughout the day, you will need to set aside time to work the muscles.  In addition to helping reduce facial wrinkles, facial exercises can be relaxing and help alleviate stress, so give it a try.

·      Forehead exercise. If you are a person who frowns daily or if you have a habit of raising your eyebrows often, you will eventually develop forehead wrinkles.  The best facial exercise for the forehead is to place your index fingers down while simultaneously fighting it by raising the eyebrows.  Repeat at least 10 times. This exercise should pull your forehead skin up and down at the same time and help remove the wrinkles.

·      Crows feet and eye wrinkles.  With your eyes closed firmly, raise your eyebrows.  Hold the position for 3 seconds and then rest.  Repeat at least 10 times.

·       Mouth area.  Lift your head high by elongating your neck like a giraffe would.  Place your index finger and thumb on your neck and gently resist the force by pulling the skin around the neck area down. Repeat at east 10 times. Another exercise for your chin involves gently tapping the area under your chin.  Use the back of your hand with palm facing downward and gently tap the area.  Repeat 10 times.

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