This post comes to you from Emma Coleman, founder Inner-Soul Organics London.
Here she shares her thoughts on How to Treat Mature Skin, naturally.
Over the years, both male and female clients have come to me for advice on how to deal with their skin as it matures. This is a very broad and often confusing subject, so I have put together some key information, advice and solutions exclusively for LoveLula readers, to help maintain skin’s condition in a healthy and nourished state for those in the age 45+ bracket.
As the years pass, there are two clear types of skin aging:
Intrinsic – the aging which occurs naturally and is generally inherited, regardless of lifestyle and environment
Extrinsic – the type of aging caused directly by outside influences, free radicals, pollutants and lifestyle choices
After the age of forty, collagen is produced within skin in tiny amounts. This is a natural protein, which protects and adds strength and elasticity to skin and other organs in the body. Without it, skin becomes weaker, less toned and is more prone to wrinkle formation. Additionally, our fat cells lose more water and become dehydrated as the infrastructure breaks down. Men have a naturally higher content of collagen in their skin, but generally speaking we lose 80% of our production between the ages of twenty-eight and forty.
Add this to issues such as menopause in women – causing drier, thinner skin due to loss of oestrogen – and excessive sebum production in men – which can lead to discoloration and swellings in different parts of the face – and it becomes clear how the care of our skin must alter as the years pass.
Here are some positive approaches we can adopt:
Diet: Nuts such as walnuts, cashews and almonds contain vitamin E, absorbed by fat cells in the skin and also Biotin, a B Vitamin responsible for new cell production. Studies have shown that these foodstuffs can reduce sagging and wrinkling caused by collagen loss. Men should look at avoiding spicy foods and alcohol to deal with any red areas over the face, opting for fish and plenty of greens instead. Taking a good probiotic will ensure your gut can absorb these foods effectively.
Skincare: Natural, plant-based extracts can be wonderfully nourishing for mature skins as they contain less manmade alcohol and preservatives which can strip skin of its natural oil content.
Aloe leaf and Sea Buckthorn extracts are powerful skin soothers, calming inflammation. Rich serums and face oils high in natural tissue-building ingredients such as vitamin A, Rose Hip and Argan oils, and creams which will hydrate over several hours, enriched with extracts of cocoa and virgin coconut butters are good choices. Essential oils of bergamot, chamomile and geranium also balance sebum production.
Massage: Combining your daily skincare routine with gentle facial massage will promote blood flow to skin cells and increase rejuvenation to leave skin healthy and glowing.
These can be controlled and reaching forty-five should be a time when we reflect on our lifestyle choices in caring for our skin. Effects of smoking, sun damage, lack of sleep and a nutrient-poor diet will all start to creep onto our skin and by the age of fifty these effects become harder to reverse. Unhealthy lifestyle choices breed free radicals – polluting molecules which lead to chemical changes in skin and ultimately, issues such as dark spots, wrinkle formation, and further loss of tone.
Here are some key ways of protecting yourself from free radicals:
Diet: Refined sugars found commonly in cakes, biscuits and even some savory-flavoured foods directly damage skin cells by making them more brittle. Try avoiding these foods for 5 days of the week, swapping them for healthier sugar-fix snacks such as oatcakes with honey and grapes. Eat a more sustainable breakfast such as porridge, which will keep you fuller for longer, reducing your temptation to snack.
Choosing natural, chemical-free products which both hydrate and protect skin, for example softening balms versus alcohol-laden cleansers, and nourishing serums and creams with extracts such as kiwi and pomegranate should be used morning and at night.
Sun damage: Age or dark spots are the body’s way of protecting us from an overload of UVA and UVB sunrays, by producing more of the pigment melanin in skin. Look for products high in Vitamin A and with an SPF of at least 15.
In conclusion, skincare needs to be adapted as we age.
A daily routine of cleansing, moisturising and facial massage will help to control aging, but a long hard look at your lifestyle choices will keep skin from maturing faster than it needs to.
Inner-Soul Organics is an Official supporter of the Katie Piper Foundation (No.1133313) and Burgess Autistic Trust (No.1002032)
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