Like bones, skin tends to become more fragile with age. It may look more fragile than before, be more prone to tears and inflammation, and feel drier and itchy.
Many factors - including loss of collagen, changes in blood vessels, sun exposure and drugs - combine to affect how well the skin works. Keeping your skin healthy is important because it ACTS as a barrier between your body and all potential damage from the outside world.
Treating your skin properly can increase this barrier at any age. Taking smart steps can make a big difference in anti-aging skin care. Here’s what to do.
Your skin is made up of several layers. As time went on, each one became thinner. Each layer contains collagen, which provides the structure that keeps the skin thick.
Collagen production decreases with age and exposure to the sun, often resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles and slow healing. In fact, older people may be injured four times as often as younger people.
In addition to aging and environmental influences, there are other factors that can cause skin thinning. Menopause makes it harder for your skin to stay hydrated, making it almost paper-like. Many common drugs, including oral steroids (such as prednisone), topical steroids (such as hydrocortisone), and some blood thinners (including aspirin), can also thin or make bruising more likely.
Skin doesn’t get thinner with age;It also gets drier. Up to 85% of older people have extremely dry skin (called xerosis).
But it’s not inevitable: when the outermost layer of the skin is at its best, it stays hydrated and protects the skin from external attacks (chemicals, smoke, and other irritants). Increasing the strength of this layer will help your skin feel less dry and irritated and look better.
As we age, it becomes more important to take proper care of our skin. This may mean changing some skin care products and habits.
Don’t take long hot baths;Both can dry and irritate the skin, especially in cold, dry weather. Limit your shower and shower time to five to 10 minutes of warm water, not hot water. You also need to reevaluate some of the products in the bathroom. For example, throw away any rough grit. Use a soft towel to wet your skin if you want to remove dead and dry skin
Looking for a mild soap or liquid perfume - free, because perfume may irritate sensitive skin dry. Once you dry with a towel, be sure to moisturize from head to toe.
If you put moisturizer on your skin that is still wet, it helps lock in moisture. Creams are richer and more moisturizing than creams;Ointments (such as vaseline) are best suited to seal barriers and retain moisture.
A review of 33 studies, published in the British journal of dermatology in 2013, found that the combination of ingredients that absorb moisture in skin (such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid), those that contain fatty ingredients that are smooth (such as cocoa butter, lanolin, and mineral fats) are best at improving dryness and strengthening this key obstacle. The best skin care strategy is to use two groups of ingredients.
While a healthy diet is good for your whole body, fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants, such as B vitamins and E, are especially good for your skin.
Antioxidants help protect skin from free radicals in the environment, which are harmful to skin cells. They prevent free radicals from damaging elastin and collagen, which in turn makes skin younger and healthier.
Vitamin B6 and fill your plate with fish and poultry. Vegetarians can get vitamin B6, which alone contains 55 percent of their daily vitamin needs. Wheat germ oil (100% DV), sunflower seeds (37% DV) and almonds (34% DV) are excellent sources of vitamin E.