Looking After Your Skin As You Age – Naturally

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Without a doubt the over 50’s are far healthier, happier and more body conscious than previous generations of the same age. This ‘vanity’ has proven to be beneficial in that we are now expected to live longer than our parents, and guess what? we want to look good doing it! Baby boomers and the like are spending millions of dollars annually on commercial skin care products that promise to “hold back the years”, “take 10 years off your face” or even “make you look like a movie star”. Ultimately we just want and need creams that will moisturise our skin effectively and supply it with the nourishment and nutrients it needs to form healthy cells and keep it looking the best it can for the age it is. This is where natural skin care products really come to the fore. Sensitive skin can develop with age and sometimes you can find that no longer will your skin tolerate the chemicals and harsh fragrances that it could in previous years. This can be noticed by your skin reacting with redness, itchiness, tenderness, psoriasis, dermatitis, ulcers, pimples and even scabs. All very unpleasant but choosing creams and lotions made from natural ingredients can reduce and even cure these problems completely.

As we age our skin can become thinner and many people decide not to moisturise or look after their skin properly anymore. This is not the best course of action because our skin constantly needs more moisture and care, especially as it ages. Neglecting the skin can lead to dry, itchy and irritated skin that in turn can lead to sores that invite infection.

However it is easy to look after aging skin with these natural skin care tips.

Use lotions and creams that contain natural plant oils like apricot, almond and soybean. Apricot oil is beneficial for all skin types, especially dry and inflamed skin. High in vitamin A and minerals it nourishes the skin.Almond oil contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and D and a small amount of vitamin E, it also has a rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids. Good for all skin types but especially good for dry and irritated skin it helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching. If you have sensitive skin, almond oil could be the solution to your skin problems. These oils all contain the vitamins and minerals needed to moisturise and nurture the skin gently but effectively and soybean oil is clinically proven to minimize the appearance of hair!

Exfoliation has been around for thousands of years as a natural way to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the body revealing the fresh new skin cells beneath. You will feel like a million dollars after using a body scrub, guaranteed! There are many benefits to exfoliating the skin. Not only is new skin revealed but the circulation is stimulated enabling toxins to be dislodged and removed from the layers of the skin and the lymph nodes, encouraging overall health.

Ways to exfoliate are:

Use a body scrub weekly in the shower

Use loofahs to remove dead cells when bathing

Dry the skin with a scratchy towel to stimulate your circulation

Dehydration is yet another factor that attributes to aging skin. Many people simply do not drink enough water to maintain a healthy system. Six to eight glasses of water a day is said to be what we should be drinking and that does not include soft drinks and coffee! They actually tax the system of moisture.

Ways to ensure you drink enough water are:

Always carry a bottle of water with you and drink it!

A good guide to calculating the right amount of water you should be drinking a day is to divide your weight by 8. This is the amount of 250ml glasses of water you should have per day to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Skin care products containing Avocado Oil and Shea Butter not only heal and soothe sensitive skin but also help fade age spots and skin discolouration. Great for the hands, chest and arms,avocado oil penetrates deeply into the base of the skin and is well suited for dry skin conditions. A good oil for wrinkles and sun damaged skin.

Feet can become dry and cracked easily but they can also be soothed and repaired well with products containing Shea butter, macadamia oil, plant oils and essential oils. Essential oils like tea tree, spearmint and may chang deodorise and disinfect the feet safely. Particular care of the feet needs to be taken by diabetics as their circulation is impaired.

Artificial fragrances and even essential oils can irritate some people with very sensitive skin, especially the elderly. Look for natural products that are fragrance free to ensure the skin is being protected from any irritants.

Commercial soaps can strip the skin of natural oils causing it to dry out. Use soap made from plant oils and one that is 100% natural. Using a natural soap can prevent many skin irritations, natural soaps can even be used on the hair. This is the easiest way to look after aging skin on a daily basis!

Natural facial moisturisers that contain ingredients like rose hip oil and vitamin E improve the skins elasticity and actually repair some of the damage caused by neglect. Nourishing the cells deep within the skin ensures when they reach the surface they appear more youthful and are definitely healthier. This can also lift an aging persons self esteem and self confidence. After all we all want to look and feel our best!

Sensitive skin doesn’t need to suffer from irritating skin problems, it simply needs the right nourishment, moisture and nutrients which can be found in simple, natural skin care products.

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