Why Your Skin Ages

Why Your Skin Ages and 7 Gentle/Natural Solutions For Mature & Aging Skin After reading this article, you will have an understanding of how the skin ages over time, many of the external causes of aging skin and what skincare and lifestyle solutions there are for mature and aging skin. As an Holistic Therapist, I have noticed of late a large shift in the way women think about themselves.  In general, women believe they are time poor, they wear lots of different hats, putting everyone else before themselves; giving themselves very little quality time.  They worry about the way they look, not only their body shape but particularly the appearance of their skin, which can cause more anxiety through the aging process.  They no longer see the love in themselves that has always been there, which has somehow been lost along the way. Through my holistic work and organic skincare formulations, I help women find this important aspect of “self” and help restore not only the nourishment of their skin but an opportunity to reconnect with their feeling of inner beauty.  

What is Aging Skin? We all have to get older; it is a natural process of nature’s cycle of life.  Our awareness and wisdom may grow as we age, yet our bodies and skin start to show the march of time. Our skin becomes more dry, dehydrated and a little rougher.  It becomes wrinkled, slack, thin and more transparent and possibly more sensitive or prone to irritation. Fat is lost below the skin in the face which causes the skin to appear wrinkled and less taut.  How fast and pronounced this happens, is open to factors such as genetics, lifestyle and exposure to UV.  

What causes Aging Skin? Many of the external causes of aging skin are determined by the health and lifestyle decisions you make every day. Making unhealthy choices can cause prematurely aging skin, and this makes you look older, faster.  

Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging — and aging — to your skin increasing wrinkles and dryness.

Sun exposure: When skin is exposed to the sun it becomes more mottled in appearance, freckles can turn into brown sun spots and the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance.

Lack of exercise: Exercise helps to tone your muscles and get your blood flowing.

Exposure to cold weather: Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to aging skin by making skin dry, so if you venture out in the cold be sure to use a good moisturiser.

Alcohol use: Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.

Stress: Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement.

Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes you look and feel tired and shows up on the face, as dark circles and bags under the eyes, plus sagging skin.

Poor diet or lifestyle choices: not drinking enough water, poor diet, poor hygiene, and lack of exercise all contribute.

Dehydration: severe dehydration of the skin causes dry skin which means faster aging and wrinkling of the skin. Even oily skin needs regular hydration.

Overuse of chemicals: these strip the skin of its natural oils, fats and nutrients that give our skin protection, keep it hydrated, healthy and balanced. While some signs of aging skin are inevitable, taking good care of yourself is the most important step in your anti-aging regime.  

7 Skincare and Lifestyle solutions For Mature and Aging Skin

  1. Protect Your Skin From UV and the Elements.  Use a high-level sun protection factor to protect from sunlight damage and shade yourself from long periods in the sun.   
  2. Follow a diet that is rich in antioxidants and use skincare products rich in antioxidants too to combat environmental damage to the skin.
  3. Follow a regular skincare practice to nourish, hydrate, balance and nurture your skin.
  4. Steer away from products containing harsh chemicals.  Rather select a mild, natural ingredient cleanser which will not strip the skin’s own natural oils, also maintaining its natural balance.  
  5. Some people incorporate a gentle exfoliator.  Used once or twice a week at the most, this keeps the skin looking fresh and glowing.
  6. Select natural oils, often referred to as botanicals.  These will work to optimise the health and appearance of your skin through hydration, balancing, conditioning, imparting vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and protecting antioxidants.
  7. Some reversing of skin aging and damage is possible with certain high performance ingredients like rosehip seed oil, which minimises the appearance of wrinkles, boosts elasticity and slow collagen breakdown in the skin.

By now, I hope you are feeling clearer about creating healthy lifestyle choices that will reduce the impact of stress on your body and offer your skin natural skin-nourishing solutions, so that it can work at its optimum. Be kind to your skin. 

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