Some pessimists like to state boldly that our skin can only get crappier, no matter what cream we use, or how many facials we get.
I don’t agree! I think that it is very possible to improve, and take back your youth.
Everyone knows what good skin looks like; Well hydrated, tight, elastic, not overly oily, tiny clear, and probably not even noticeable pores… Ah good skin, you enigmatic thing you!
Our skin is pretty much on autopilot, that is until puberty, and then we notice that our once all-clear, wrinkle-free complexion is beginning to falter its way through early adolescence, in the form of those hateful pimples.
Time takes its toll, and our skin becomes less and less stable, with genetic changes and sun damage taking their combined effect.
Unfortunately we can only control things to a certain extent, at which point we are completely vulnerable to some factors of natural aging, and today we even know that the sun — not our genes — is mostly to blame for our baby-fresh faces turning blemished and wrinkled.
If you are not really in the mood to know the cause, the best preventative measure you can take–besides limiting sun exposure and wearing protection from damaging UV rays– is to focus on these other changes you can make to keep bad elements at bay:
Limit your alcohol intake, and
Choose a skin care regiment that makes you feel comfortable in your skin. I am especially proud of the one that I have devised using Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Skincare range.
If you are still interested in knowing exactly how does your skin age, stay with me!
So How Does Skin Age?
A Better Question would be: Where does skin age?
Skin aging can happen in the matrix between cells, within the dermis or on the surface.
Your skin begins to age in the matrix: Skin aging happens when collagen is damaged and loses its tight weave, so your elastin loses its groove!
The fibroblasts (and their DNA) that produce collagen and elastin are prone to UV radiation damage. As they falter, that DNA makes less and/or defective collagen or elastin.
Some people who are sick look older than their age
That’s very true! This phenomenon is caused by glycosaminoglycans.
They are large sugar-like molecules that plump and fill the skin when they bind with water, and as you age, they become less effective and don’t suck up water as efficiently.
This decrease in water means that the skin becomes dull and dry.
These older glycosaminoglycans can link up with proteins and cause yellowing (or browning) of the skin, a process called glycation.
Glycation happens in all of us, so don’t look so relieved.
What you happened to notice is that it happens quicker, and much more noticeably in people suffering from ailments like Diabetes…
When does Skin Age?
We Get Our First Signs of Trouble In Our Teens.
As early as puberty, hormonal changes can turn your fresh-faced complexion into an acne-prone one.
“This is me! What can I do to prevent premature aging?”
Although there are probably no teenagers in the world who currently care about the age, or appearance of their skin, I shall stand corrected and suggest that in addition to using simple over-the-counter washes, and pimple remedies, or consulting a dermatologist if a more potent treatment is needed, wearing an SPF 15+ daily is the best thing you can do to save your skin.
We Begin To Notice Some Wear-and-Tear In Our 20s.
Expression lines will begin to form from talking, laughing and frowning. What a relief! I thought that I was the only 20-something year old who was noticing some expression lines. When I first took a deep look at myself, I freaked out, because I thought that it was the end…
My shock and horror was caused by the simple fact that; the collagen and elastin that have kept my skin supple has sadly begun to break down.
“Oh dear heavens! What can I do?!” Sound familiar? I asked myself that same question, just months before I became a smidge obsessed with my skin.
Basically, my advice is still the same as when you were in your teens.
Using Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Daily Moisturizer, and following it with sun protection remains your best bet for controlling the amount of damage.
Early Environmental Damage In Your 30s.
Sun-induced wrinkles are starting to form.
The good news is, they’re hardly seen so there’s time to to start wearing an SPF 15.
Just like in your twenties, the skin’s collagen and elastin are losing still more of their groove, and it’s getting scary!
“What can I do?!” Well at this point, my Mother, and to larger degree anyone who cares about skin would recommend using a cosmetic or doctor-prescribed alpha hydroxy acid product.
The Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Pore Refining Toner is perfect for the job! It is capable of returning your skin’s youthful radiance.
Oh The 40s; Multiple Shades Of Patchy Skin.
The forties can sometimes be referred to as “the decade of dry skin.”
More dead skin cells are sticking around, darker patches may appear, and expression lines can become entrenched.
“This is me! I had no idea it was normal.” Well yeah; apparently it’s quiet normal, and according to my Mother’s dermatologist; If you’re dealing with dry skin, make a moisturizer like Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Daily Moisturizer a regular part of your successful skin care routine.
By now you should have already, so not really sure why you’d want to join so late in the game, but it’s not too late to save your skin…
The Sun Marks Its Territory On Your Face In Your 50s.
I mean, it’s pretty safe to say that you should expect that there’ll be some damage done if you haven’t been a loyal wearer of sun protection.
Wrinkles, age spots and spider veins are bound to be developing, and your skin will only get dryer from this point onwards….
“I haven’t been loyal! Life happened” Well ain’t that the story?
It’s not too late to start using Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Pore Refining Toner, and Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Daily Moisturizer, followed by a daily SPF 15 cream.
There are plenty of rewards to be reaped in terms of slowing down sun damage and maybe even repairing some of it!
The Skin Calms Down In Your 60s.
Due to a Lifetime of Skin Protection, you are finally beginning to notice a pay off, when you are next to your peers.
If you have been keenly following the needs of your skin, you will notice that it’s pretty stable.
With you having survived that menopause-induced hormonal imbalance.
Wrinkles, red veins and dark spots are actually quiet common, but for you, they are probably less pronounced if you had made a habit of using Bella Terra Cosmetics’ amazing skincare range, and protecting your skin from the sun.
“Bella Terra Cosmetics are great, but my skin needs more!” If basic skin care isn’t cutting it anymore, ask your dermatologist or a plastic surgeon about microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser procedures, facelifts and other options that might make just the dramatic difference you’re searching for…
It’s true that some wrinkles might be inevitable as we age, and those are pretty extreme solutions, but if you really feel like you need them, then by all means give it a go.
But healthy habits — most of all having a carefully planned out skincare regiment — can go far to preserve your glorious youth.
Obviously you should always consult your own dermatologist if you are nervous about trying something that sounds this absolutely amazing, but if you are like me, and just love trying new things; especially if they can make your skin better, you can visit Bella Terra’s site and get your Pore Refining Toner, or Daily Moisturizer for a special online price.
Knowledge is power, but in this case, you must use it first!
If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to send a message to: ThatBeautyWord(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get back to you ASAP, or perhaps your question will just inspire the next post!
Take care, and remember; That B Word only stands for Beauty!
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