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Secrets To Keeping Skin Youthful
Anti Aging Product That Really Work
Article By Sharon Stajda
The number one secret to keeping your facial skin younger looking is getting to your individual skin's problems, and needs. What's the secret to the younger looking skin, and is there really any anti-aging products that truly work? Let's explore anti-aging skin products.
After doing some research on facial skin, and problems that occur with aging, I came up with a number of standout mistakes most of us make when it comes to skincare, and skin care products. The number one problem that jumped out at me was that we may not be using skin care products for our age, and we may not be using a given product correctly.
Not saying that we as consumers don't read labels, as a whole most of us do. However, it's my opinion that many skin care labels, just don't provide enough information on how to properly apply the product.
I put this article together in hopes of providing some useful information about skin and using skin care products properly. I have talked with my dermatologist, and with his good advice, I believe I have learned how to use anti-aging products in a much more beneficial way. Plus, I think I will see better results, now that I have been "lessened" in how to use anti-aging skin care products.
This article provides information on basic skin care, as well as how to use anti-aging skin care products. We all know there are tons of anti-aging products on the market today., I will concentrate on the most tried and true products. Products that have good results with stopping the progress of aging skin. Products that contain retinoids, sunscreens, antioxidants, and peptides. I have also added a few great homemade skin care recipes, that you can whip up with ingredients you can find right in your own kitchen.
Did You Know Skin Absorbs 64% Of What's Applied?
So, shouldn't we be feeding our skin products packed full of healthy vitamins ?
Skin aging is most often due to environmental attack by free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy skin at the cellular level, which over time results in the appearance of dull, dry, damaged skin wrinkled skin. Scientific research has shown that antioxidants when topically applied to the skin can help in the fight against environmental free radicals, and combat the damage they leave behind on the skin.
Vitamins such as C Esters, E, and A, are powerful antioxidants and are potent fighters, these vitamins can aid in destroying free radical, and neutralizing their anti-inflammatory properties. Use of the above vitamins can lead to less inflammation, hence less damage from inflammation. By decreasing shin trauma, you have a better chance to have a more youthful skin.
Benefits Of Using Vitamin Products On Your Face
Vitamin C along with its high levels of antioxidants, not only fights damage from free radicals but also is very important when it comes to the production of the skin's cellular production of collagen. Collagen is one of the elements that support skin's texture and firmness. Vitamin C also has a brightening effect, which gives a more even tone to the skin. One more positive result of using vitamin C, it can help naturally exfoliate the skin and can provide a smoother appearance by diminishing fine lines.
Vitamin A Helps Diminish Deep Wrinkles
Vitamin A is well known for its ability to help diminish the depth of wrinkles. It also has an anti-inflammatory action. Vitamin A can actively puff up the skin, by naturally attracting moisture to the area it's topically applied to. A healthy moisture level in the skin, aids in keeping the skin well hydrated, and helps continually by flush out nasty impurities. This puffing action also stands to decrease the look of deep wrinkles. Leaving the skin looking firmer, and younger.
Vitamin E Great For Fading Scars
Vitamin E is well known for its antioxidant capabilities. Vitamin E has also been shown to have a variety of great skin benefits. Studies show that vitamin E can help decrease the effects of psoriasis, erythema, and may even help in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Vitamin E is also known to significantly help in the reduction of scarring.
It's Important To Know Your Skins Problem Areas
It is so important before you consider what anti-aging products to buy, and use on your skin, that you know your skin. Skin changes occur due to many factors. As we age skin can become thinner, hormones changes bring about many changes from the time of puberty, to old age. Are you one that has sensitive skin, or acne? Is your skin oily or very dry? Are you dealing with wrinkles, discoloration, perhaps you have patches of redness.
The point, get to know your skin before you shop for any skin care product. Once you know your skin type you will be able to seek out skin care products that will help you get the desired skin you crave.
Crimes Against Skin...
The three biggest crimes against Facial Skin are...
Over - touching!
Over - treating !
Over - washing!
Studies Show Show The Sun Can Damage Skin
Now I know most of us enjoy the sunshine on our face, it feels great, but is it healthy? However, can the sun do irreparable damage to our facial skin, and leave us open to lines and wrinkles, and skin cancer? Is our skin safe in the winter, when there is less sun around?
The sun's ultraviolet rays(UVA and UVB rays), that are actually present all year round, no matter the what climate you live in is proven to play a significant role in "photodamage" also known as premature skin aging.
The suns premature damage can include signs of thickness, leathery texture, wrinkles, discoloration(freckles), and the sun can also decrease in firmness and tone of the skin.
We've heard the bad news of what the sun can do, let's hear the good news.
The good news is, we all have the power to keep our skin healthy and avoid the above-mentioned problems.
Protect your facial skin daily by using products that contain a good amount of "sun protection factor" (SPF). Actually its very easy to find facial products that contain SPF. From Moisturizing creams, lotions, to makeup foundations - you name it. Most cosmetic companies are adding SPF to their facial products, to ensure the recipients of their product's, that they are protected from the sun's harmful rays.
So, make sure to buy products that have added a good sunscreen. Start young, and make sure your skin is protected against the sun's damaging rays. If you are older, it's never too late to start using sunscreen and prevent further skin damage.
Sun Exsposure And The Importance Of Sunscreen
Make sure to rub two teaspoon-size blobs of SPF 30 all over your face, neck, hands, and chest-but don't forget other spots. Like the ears forehead, any spot of skin that will be exposed to the sun.
Using sunscreen will help prevent your skin from signs of aging. Plus it will most importantly help prevent cancer. So, always make sure to rub two teaspoon-size blobs of SPF 35 or higher all over your face, neck, ears, hands, and don't forget your chest area.
Keep in mind it's never too early or too late to protect your skin from the harmful aging sun - rays.
Your Hands Are Big Germ Carriers
Too much hand contact, too much washing, too much acne products! Too Much is the keyword. Over washing dries the skin, as does use too much acne meds on your face. It's a fact that the overuse of benzoyl peroxide can actually dry out a pimple, but it also can backfire, and stop the zit medication from penetrating and helping rid you of the blemish for good. That means you might want to make good friends with the zit, it will be with you for a longer period of days.
There are two kinds of acne, teenage and adult. Actually both, as a rule, are hormone driven and can be treated with some respect the same way.
With an older person acne is treated with salicylic acid but in a less aggressive way. It's recommended that an adult acne regime start with a good salicylic acid cleanser that provides moisturizing ingredients, like Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser with soy, and also using a lesser amount of benzoyl peroxide treatment. Such as a 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide product, which is less drying.
For teens with acne, the benzoyl peroxide percent is much higher, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent.
To sum up, know your skin. Follow a less aggressive acne regime if your skin is older and more fragile. If you are a teen or young adult, as a rule, your skin will require a more aggressive acne regime. Oh, keep your hands off of your face, this will keep germs off of your face, and help cut down on breakouts.
Don't Feel It's To Late To Improve Your Facial Skin
It's never too late to improve your skin! However, prevention is the way to go. Start a good skin regime in your teens, and you will have better younger skin as you age.
A teenager should start by using a good sunscreen on any exposed body parts. They should also develop a good cleansing regime, and use a nightly moisturizer. If prone to break out, clean the face twice a day with a glycolic cleanser, and treat acne if needed.
In a woman's 30's start to use products that will aid in collagen production. As one age collagen cells don't work as hard, and you don't want any laps of collagen production. Use a good moisturizer that aids in binding moisture to the skin, this will prevent lines from forming.
In your 40's start using peptides to further enhance collagen production. If you are dealing with lines and wrinkles, there is nothing better than Retinol to decrease lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots and sun damage. However, as mentioned above learn to use Retinol right or the frustration of redness and flakiness will have you deserting Retinol before it can work its wonders.
Tip: I have found good results diminishing lines with Vitamin C. Serious Skin Care has a very good line of vitamin C products.
Keep In Mind There Are Produces For Day And Products For Night
When it comes to skin care products studies show that different products should be applied at different times of the day. If applied properly, and at the time of day they are made for, the ingredients will absorb, and give the best results.
Night creams should be used at night, the same goes for day creams.
Let's talk about antioxidants for example. Antioxidants should be applied in the morning when they are most needed. Antioxidants will work throughout the day to protect and nourish the skin against environmental agents that can damage the skin. It is also proven that antioxidants will enhance sunscreen products twofold, this alone certainly acts to better protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays.
At night the skin is ready to rest, clean of contaminants, and ready to have any nighttime skin products applied. Night time products can include Retinol, peptides, glycolic acid, collagen builders, vitamin C, and other vitamins that act to exfoliate the skin while one sleeps. As you sleep any and all of the mentioned ingredients here, will absorb, and work to give you a better younger skin as you sleep. The night time is when dead skin cells slough, and are shed.
Studies show that cosmetic get in the way of the above-mentioned ingredients, and stop them from being as effective. So, next time you buy a night creams make sure you use it on a cleansed skin and use it at night.
Be Careful Not To Buy Into Hype Products!
Don't buy anything that with lots of hype ... Do your research
Be leery of the "Next Big Thing". Just because it's new doesn't make it better than the "tried and true". If you are having the results you desire with a product, don't change up to the "latest and greatest". My personal dermatologist confided in me that he most often prescribes Retinol products for aging skin, and Retinol has been around a very long time.
Stay with skin products that have been giving good results for a long period of time. Many of the newer skin care products do not have prolonged scientific studies done on them, and the studies, as a rule, is not done on a large group of people. This can lead to false outcome data.
- 1 tablespoon of buttermilk
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Great mask for dry skin.
- You should give this on e a try It works.
- Mask for Dry Skin
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl,mix well, apply to face and neck. Keep on 20 minutes wash off with warm water. You won't believe how hydrated your face feels.
Face Need A Bit Of Firming? Try This Mask
This Firming Facial Mask gives nice results. It's not a face lift, but it firms wonderfully in a pinch.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores).
- 1 tablespoon flour
- Mix wet ingredient and then add flour slowly just enough to make a paste.
- Apply by Smoothing mixture over the face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Great Blemish Buster!
This Stuff real helps.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 ½ cup of orange juice
- Use a Blender if available. Apply to blemishes, leave on for 30 minutes rinse off with warm water. Great remedy for blemishes at on the decollete area. The juice acts to dry, the honey gives it wonderful healing properties to help the skin heal and become smooth and soft.
Wonderful Facial Cleanser
Its Great For Dry Skin
- 2 tablespoons of dried oats
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Facial cleanser for very dry skin. Combine 2 tablespoons of dried oats and 2 tablespoons of honey blend in food processor or blender. Great daily facial cleanser. Keeps in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.