Anti Aging Skin Care Guide
Slowing Down The Hands Of Time
Will Anti Aging Skin Care really slow down the hands of time? After all, aging is an inevitable physiological process. As long as you are continuing to move forward in time celebrating birthdays, aging will be an unavoidable part of your life experience.
What the term 'anti aging' really implies is an effort to minimize your rate of aging to the best of your ability by addressing issues like nutrition, physical fitness, exposure to tissue damaging agents like free radicals and skin care.
Anti aging skin care IDEALLY starts from an early age for optimal results, but if your are attending to your skin a little later in life (all you tail end Baby Boomer's and Generation X-er's) take heart, you will still see results that you can be happy with.
Meaningful Measures We Can Take:
ANTI AGING SKIN CARE RULE - PROTECT YOUR SKIN
PRIMARILY FROM THE SUN...
Part I. The most significant measure you can take, one that
will keep your
skin looking it's most youthful for your chronological age, is being
careful in the sun...don't ever let it burn. To avoid burning
doesn't mean avoiding the sun. The sun is SO good for you in
many ways. What being careful means is using common sense in the
sun. Arm yourself with knowledge and good quality sun protection
products, and then go out and enjoy it.
Part II. *Hand down a legacy of good common sun sense to your kids. Teach them about the sun, and how to enjoy it safely. As you put on a quality broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 15 or 30 ( I don't recommend a higher SPF than 30 except for special circumstances), explain to them about how the sun shine travels in the form of ultra violet rays that can be harmful to our skin when our skin gets too much (which can happen in about 20-30 minutes of direct exposure).
Explain when you put on their hat, that the sun is strongest when it is at its highest point in the sky (usually between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM). Explain when you put on their sunglasses, that not only do they look really cool, they are protecting their eyes from the suns rays reflecting off objects like sand and water, and potentially harmful to their eyes.
When I was
a kid, most people (especially teens) didn't
attempt to 'screen' or 'block'
the sun, they were looking for 'tan accelerators'! Anything that would
speed up the coveted display
of a tan ( even my grandmother applied baby oil to her skin
before gardening). A different time.
ALSO: DON'T FORGET ANTI AGING SKIN CARE PROTECTION FROM ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS SUCH AS WIND, POLLUTION, AND EXTREME TEMPERATURES.
ANTI AGING SKIN CARE GUIDE RULE - BE INFORMED
Being informed is going to both SERVE AND PROTECT you:
- ensuring your present skin care regime is effective and serving your unique skin issues well
- skin care knowledge that is current will inform you of news relating to subjects such as cosmetic ingredients proving to be beneficial or harmful (ex. new anti aging skin care products that unbiased studies support, new ingredients proving helpful to skin restoration, new procedures, sunscreen agents that when combined with uv absorption become unstable etcetera...)
- keeping current with reliable skin care information sources will also help you make sound judgment calls for yourself
- cause you to take steps that improve your skin's appearance
Do some homework...as unappealing as that may sound, you will be saving yourself BIG $$, disappointment and time (trying to faithfully follow a hopeful new regimen that doesn't work and usually takes 3-6 weeks to see apparent results).
As cynical as I feel sometimes when new wonder anti aging ingredients come to the cosmetic marketplace, there are truly wonder ingredients that *science has explored, and supports.
*Check to see if the study's clinical 'context' is not only unbiased, as in conducted by non company lab but also that it's reported success can be replicated in your experience.
Strivectin, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Retin A, Green Tea, Cytokinin, Alpha Lipoic Acid....are all great anti aging success ingredients...however, they do require specific formulations for you to see any benefits.
There are also plenty of ingredients that have been explored and disproved, or at best remain unsubstantiated, but that doesn't mean the larger consumer market place is aware of those findings- and those findings certainly aren't going to be presented by the cosmetic industry.
For your convenience, here is my current quick study on popular anti aging skin care ingredients...
ANTI AGING SKIN CARE GUIDE RULE - BE PROACTIVE
Take action when it comes to anti aging skin care. There are things you can do and they will get you results!
Anti aging skin care falls generally into these basic categories;
DO IT YOURSELF:
1. PREVENTION- a good skin care program which includes exfoliation and sun protection
of SOME damage- skin lightener for pigmentation problems, Retin A for
strong cell turnover (exfoliation)
3. RESTORATION (SOME)- of skin tone, texture
4. REDUCTION in the appearance of aging i.e. loss of skin elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, dehydrations, pore size
Your skin is an organ that reflects your biological age, but also
reflects the health of your
overall body...don't forget to take care of your 'one and only'
body. Good nutrition, opting for low
fat choices, good water intake (don't over do it), moderate consumption
of alcohol, good sleep
habits, and regular intentional exercise (planned and effective), ALL
will generate contribute to anti aging skin care and deliver your best
You would be surprised at what some great anti aging makeup products can do to combat the appearance of aging skin. Take a look at my anti aging makeup must haves.
5. REDUCTION of wrinkles-
Non Invasive- Addressing dynamic expression lines and loss of volume; Botox, Restylane, Juvaderm, Collagen etc.
6. REWORK SKIN SURFACE-
Invasive- Lift, tighten sagging skin, deep resurfacing of skin via laser technology, and other surgical methods.
Last word on anti aging skin care.
Your middle age is when you become particularly vulnerable to the promises and potential of anti aging products. A clever cosmetics company Philosophy aptly named one of their anti aging creams "Hope In A Jar"...That is what anti aging skin care feels like 'in a nutshell'.
Have realistic expectations as you 'advance in birthdays". Nothing will keep you in a twenties holding pattern. Be positive, hopeful, and proactive but don't be gullible.
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