There are no miracle treatments for an ageing skin so emphasis should be placed on preventive care throughout life to ensure that you give your skin the attention it deserves. Although this nor anything else can ever stop the clocks, it will help keep the effects of ageing to a minimum.
With so much at stake it makes sense to discover what kind of care and protection an ageing skin needs. But first it is essential to understand what happens to our skin as we get older.
How the skin changes
With age, skin is less able to retain natural moisture and the dead skin cells on the surface are not shed as easily as before. So, the outer layers build up and become dry, which makes the skin look coarse and leathery.
Further drying also takes place because the oil glands do not function as efficiently as before. The complexion also darkens slightly over the years, often with uneven patches of pigment.
At the same time, the supportive tissue which gives the face a young, rounded appearance becomes weakened, causing the skin to lose its elasticity, and this results in wrinkles, a sagging jaw line, and sometimes a ruddy, mottled look.
Although this seems a grim picture of what can happen to your facial skin, it may be reassuring to know that such effects can, with care, be delayed.
Although the effects of ageing are to a large extent determined by heredity, many problems with the skin’s appearance are caused by neglect-such as failing to follow a basic skin care routine, or living on a imbalanced diet which is lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients.
Caring for ageing skins
As you get older, skin care becomes even more important. For the best results your skin care routine should be split into three main parts cleaning, moisturizing and ‘thinning’.
Washing your face and neck with unperformed soap and water, or with cleansing milk (not cream as it is inclined to stretch the skin) is the best way to keep skin clean. The important thing in both cases is to rinse your face well with warm water.
Do not just rub off the cleansing milk with cotton wool and tissues as this leaves dirt behind and helps the build-u of very dry skin. Try using soap and water and cleansing milk on alternate days to get the maximum benefit. Cleanse your face every night, but in the morning it is only necessary to rinse with water.
It is essential to moisturize your skin if you want to preserve your looks. Always apply the cream after you have washed your face and patted it dry with a towel, as this helps to keep the skin soft remember never to allow your face to dry naturally in the air.
Use a heavier cream at night and wipe off any that has not been absorbed after five minutes. An ordinary emollient, such as cold cream or petroleum jelly, does as much good as special moisturizers or creams containing hormones. Despite elaborate claims, all the creams work retain moisture, and, at the same time protect the surface, making it less dry and, therefore, less likely to wrinkle.
Thinning your skin may sound like a complicated process, but it simply means removing the dead particles of skin the roughen the surface and give it a dull, lifeless appearance.
You can thin facial skin by rubbing it with a slightly rough brush or sponge which has been well lathered with pure soap. Thinning takes no more than thirty seconds and should be carried out twice a week.
Alternatively, you can mix a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of face cream into a paste and apply the mixture to your face with your hands, rubbing gently in a circular movement.
Both these treatments will remove the surplus surface cells and give you a softer and younger looking skin. But, whichever method you use, be sure to rinse your face very thoroughly after wards with warm water, and then apply plenty of face cream to moisturize your skin.
How to protect and preserve your skin
- Don’t overexpose your skin to strong sunlight as it is very damaging. Together with cold winds it dries out the skin and produces liver or old age spots which you can never get rid of.
- Don’t expose your face to extremes of heat and cold-it looks its best at body temperature.
- Don’t use perfumed soap or wash your face more than twice a day.
- Do stand a container of water in any room which has central heating so that you provide much-needed moisture for your skin.
- Do use moisturizer on your skin after each washing and before you go to bed at night. And remember, expensive skin creams and preparation are not necessary; ordinary creams will do the job just as well.
- Do get plenty of rest, fatigue is aging.
- Do watch out for facial mannerisms like frowning or raising your eyebrows, because they will etch line on your face.
- Don’t stretch your skin by pushing it out of shape while leaning on your elbows.
- Do try to sleep without a pillow. This will help to keep your chain and neck in better shape and prevent you getting a turkey neck.
- Do take a multi-vitamin tablet every day, and eat a balanced diet to make sure that you are not lacking in essential nourishment.
Giving your face a natural ‘lift’
For those occasions when want to look and feel particularly good, you can apply a face mask. This will leave your skin feeling clean and stimulated. And, because it increases the blood flow, it makes the skin itself look ‘plumper’, making and small lines and wrinkles far less noticeable albeit temporarily.
There are many different types of face masks on the market, but a beaten white of an egg left on the face for twenty minuets and then rinsed off, will do the job very effectively.
Another simple tonic you can give your skin once a week is a facial sauna. Just apply a warm, wet flannel to your face for five minutes, and then put on lot of face cream while the pores are still open and able to absorb moisture.
Used correctly, make-up is also a great boon for older skins, making them look and feel marvelous. Choose a liquid make-u base that is slightly tinted, but steer clear of greasy foundations. After powdering the face, damp it all over with a tissue to prevent a floury look.
If you are going out in the sun, use make-up that contains a sun screen, or wear a hat. If you do not wear lipstick remember to protect your lips at all times with petroleum jelly or a lip salve, or wear it with lipstick for extra protection.
The use plastic surgery as a method of improving damaged or deformed tissue has everything to recommend it. But resorting to cosmetic surgery to postpone the ageing process should be looked into carefully.
If you are contemplating cosmetic surgery, talk the matter over with your family, and ask yourself whether coming to terms with growing older would not more sensible and realistic. You should also consider whether your family and friends will love you more, and whether it will really improve your life.
Surgery is certainly the only method which will significantly improve wrinkled skins. How ever, some women end up looking expressionless as well as line-free, so if you really want to have your wrinkles surgically removed discuss it with your doctor who will know where you should go for responsible advice.
Mini-lifts can be successfully preformed in early middle age to smooth our lined foreheads and to deal with sagging necks and baggy eyelid. As the effects of a major face-lift last for a limited amount of time-anything from three to ten years-this type of surgery is most beneficial when a woman is much older.
Keeping young by thinking young
Apart from the obvious need for continual skin care, young ideas together with plenty of interests and hobbies can play an enormous part in keeping you looking young.
If you lead a healthy, happy and active life your expression will be the most beautifying thing about you. Each age has its charm and compensations, and with the right care you can look superb at all times of your life.
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