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Published on: 09 Sep 2016 by kathy-mitchell
Sometimes getting older can feel like a curse – suddenly your body starts to ache in weird places, your metabolism slumps and you start gaining weight even when you eat like a bird and the supple skin and bright eyes you used to see in the mirror turn into a stranger with under eye bags and crow’s feet. Pushing past the 40s can feel like an identity crisis, but
1. Take extra care of your eyes
Unfortunately, your eyes are one of the first places to show aging. Audubon Dermatology explains many factors affect the delicate eyes that can lead to obvious wrinkles and dark circles. As women age, they lose bone mass and collagen, and past sun exposure or allergies can all add up to make your eyes look their age or even older. Elle recommends looking for eye creams with these ingredients:
vitamin C and E to help collagen production and soothe damaged skin
retinol to fight wrinkles
hyaluronic acid and ceramides to plump up hollow eyes
2. Try using retinoids for wrinkles
Your eyes aren’t the only part of your skin that takes a beating. In your 40s laugh lines, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles all start to show. The best wrinkle creams, and the best treatment, for fine lines and wrinkles, are retinoids, which you can get over the counter as retinol or in prescription form Retin-A or Renova.
Why is this form of vitamin A so effective? Once you turn 20, your skin produces about 1 percent less collagen every year, but retinoids promote collagen and help new skin cells grow, preventing and treating wrinkles. Apply retinoids at night before you go to bed since they make skin extra sensitive to the sun.
As you age, skin tends to become drier. Part of this has to do with the fact your sweat and oil glands don’t work as hard, and your skin stops forming as many glycosaminoglycans as before. To combat dry skin, choose a good moisturizer. It should have a humectant (like glycerin or hyaluronic) to keep bringing water into the dry skin and an emollient (like petrolatum or coconut oil) to lock it.
4. Eat healthy to get all the vitamins you need from your diet
You are what you eat, or so they say. Although you won’t turn into your food, eating more fruits and vegetables will add tons of healthy antioxidants to your diet, which fight off free radicals and combat aging. By eating more natural, unprocessed foods in general, you’ll reduce inflammation and water retention and help your skin look as youthful as possible.
5. Always wear sunscreen
If you didn’t make wearing sunscreen a habit while you were young, it’s time to start. Studies show it prevents signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also prevent skin cancer and sun spots. Buy a small bottle of sunscreen to take with you in your bag so you can reapply it throughout the day.
As you age, your skin doesn’t regenerate as quickly. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells if you don’t exfoliate, and other skin problems like dull skin and blemishes. Use a gentle exfoliator with small, round particles or make your own.
7. Treat sun spots and other blemishes naturally
If you didn’t use enough sunscreen in your teens, you might start noticing sun spots, red marks, and other blemishes. Although you can opt for chemical peels or a more medical method to remove them, you can use lemon juice or Manuka honey to remove them as well.
Aging is a natural process, but you shouldn’t feel unhappy with your appearance. Instead of waking up to an identity crisis, take care of your skin. It helps if you start young, but really, it’s never too late. Start making skin care part of your routine, and talk to your doctor about other options if you need a faster or more drastic transformation. Many women use prescription retinoids or try products with new technology like Novacare, and consider Botox or surgery. When it comes down to it, you should choose whatever you are most comfortable with, and works best with your skin and lifestyle.