Skin! 10 Ways To Start The Anti-Aging Process at Any Age

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A post by freelance writer Elizabeth Rago:

It’s never too late to start the anti-aging process. From encouraging cell renewal to seeking out professionals to recommend skin care products, here are 10 tips to reviving the vibrant and youthful skin you were born with…

1. Exercise–Dinana Rodriguez of everydayhealth.com lists 5 ways working out can benefit your skin and besides boosting oxygen and unclogging the toxins in your pores, exercise eases stress making that natural happy glow shine.

2. Wear (SPF) protection–Exposure to the sun can happen any time you step outside, so choosing a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) and applying properly is key.

3. Be patient–If you are starting a new regimen, whether it isa change in diet or testing out new skin care, give your body some time to respond to the switch in routine. You are planting a seed of healthy goodness inside your body and while you can’t see the results yet, the benefits will bloom in time.

4. Lather Up–Keeping your skin hydrated is a key element to the anti-aging process. Supple skin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Control Yourself and Don’t Over-exfoliate–“It’s no coincidence that women often start to overdo it in terms of exfoliation at midlife,” said The International Dermal Institute’s Director of Global Education Annet King.“This is when the cell-turnover begins to slow, and the skin’s overall metabolism subtly declines. In response, many women may get a bit reckless, wanting to “amp up” the exfoliation.”

6. Protect Yourself From the Sun Even In Cold Temperatures– Use a tinted moisturizer with an SPF, even during cold months when it might appear that the sun is not strong enough to cause damage.

7. Encourage Cell Renewal– In your 20’s, your skin cells were full of cell turnover energy, busting out fresh new cells every 14 -25 days. But as we age, too many poor choices like all-nighters or the overuse of alcohol starts to catch up with us, not to mention what our skin is exposed to environmentally. New Beauty Editors suggest you stay away from sweets, “Sugar will boost inflammation’s damaging effects, but eating good fats and oils, like tuna, salmon, soybeans, tofu, olive oil and avocado, help regulate cell metabolism, boost cellular repair and suppress inflammation.”

8. Get Educated – “It’s so important to interview, consult and map out the facial conditions of your client, as a free service before any product purchase and certainly before any professional service,” Annet King impresses to students who are preparing to become licensed estheticians and professional skin therapists.

9. Eat healthy – We are bombarded with the message “eat healthy”, but it’s important to take into account your personal lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic’s approach to diet “aims to teach you how to choose healthy foods and portions and to develop healthy lifestyle habits so that you can maintain a healthy weight for life.”

10. Invest In Quality Skin Care, But Don’t Break The Bank– It is important to find out from a professional what kind of skin care products you should use, but natural health and wellness practitioner, Dr. Andrew Weil, disagrees that buying expensive products ensures healthy skin. In fact, he says, “The best ways to maintain skin health aren’t very glamorous and certainly aren’t overly costly: good nutrition, adequate intake of both water and essential fatty acids, and daily use of a good antioxidant multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.”

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Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in Mamalode Magazine, MOMentumNation.com, and thesavvyfreelancer.com.  Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Google+.

11 responses »

  1. “The best ways to maintain skin health aren’t very glamorous and certainly aren’t overly costly:…”

    Thanks for including this bit of wisdom. And for all the reminders. What do you know/think about taking hydrolyzed collagen?

    • So glad you liked the post! Hydrolyzed collagen used in cosmetics to boost collagen production, just like any cosmetic, can an adverse effect of contact dermatitis for those who have sensitive skin. Of course, if any itching or rash occurs, immediately discontinue use. The oral supplement is supposed to benefit the joints, skin, weight control and athletic performance. I personally have not used hydrolyzed collagen, and would need to research to see if there have been significant studies proving the benefits. As always, I would consult your physician or dermatologist before taking any supplement.
      Have a super day!
      -Elizabeth

    • Carol,
      Yes, I have heard that. Unconventional as it may be and while there are no solid medical studies to support that hemorrhoid cream does improve puffiness under eyes, technically, the creme contains vasoconstrictors (ingredients that shrink the blood vessels). However, the skin under the eye is very sensitive and thin and could very well irritate your condition. I would recommend a cold compress, cool herbal tea bags, more sleep, and an under eye cream before I would try hemorrhoid cream.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Elizabeth

  2. Excellent tips…and it is never too late. I am drinking more water for many reasons…skincare is one. I also invested in good products…I use IOMA-PARIS and I love, love it…I get compliments on my complexion all the time…at 60 that is nice to hear. Good post!

    • Pam,
      Thank you for the kind words! Yes, water is a magical element that is full of so many health benefits. I have not use IOMA-Paris and will have to try it out. What is your favorite product? Currently, I have been using Aveda’s Tourmaline line and I love it, especially for the winter.

      Have a super week,
      Elizabeth

  3. Great article and information! Always glean more from comment sections too! Thank you for these helpful suggestions Elizabeth; I need to get a more hydrating face moisturizer with this artic cold and overworked furnace!
    Joan

    • Joan,
      Thanks for reading and commenting! Add a cool mist humidifier into that skin care regimen and you will see a difference in your skin and overall health too. There are some brands (like Venta Airwashers) that offer a dual unit, which means it washes the air of allergens, dust, mold, ect and regulates the humidity in the air. Super convenient and no filter too!

      Is there a particular moisturizer that has worked for you in the past?
      Here’s to more hydrated skin in 2014!

      -Elizabeth

  4. Thanks so much for this wonderful post, Elizabeth! I also use the Aveda tourmaline line and love it.
    Have recently embraced good ol’ coconut oil for my skin and it has been amazing. As the previous comment stated…winter cold and drying furnace heat do a number on my skin. The humidifier is a great suggestion.
    For bags under eyes…what about the cucumber slice remedy?!

    • Judy,
      Thank you for the kind words and for commenting! OOOH, coconut oil sounds fantastic right now as we are deep in the clutches of winter. The cucumber slice remedy is always great as the cool temperature acts as a cold compress and decreases the flow of blood to the eye area to decrease puffiness. Classic suggestion!

      Have a super week,
      Elizabeth

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