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Skin is the first part of your body to show age. You might notice wrinkles, age spots, dryness and sagging. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. While age-related changes are inevitable, they are not universally embraced. A desire for younger looking skin can be satisfied with healthy lifestyle choices and good skin care.
Your skin is responsible for many roles. It protects you from the environment, helps control your body temperature, fluid and electrolyte balance, and contains nerve receptors that allow you to feel sensations such as touch, pain and pressure. Thus, it is extremely important that we take good care of our skin and make wise decisions to protect it.
To understand changes in your skin as you age, it is important to understand what your skin is made up of. Your skin has many layers, which can be divided into three main parts:
Luckily, it’s not all bad news for your skin. There is a range of things that you can do to care for your skin and reduce the signs of ageing.
Try to reduce the factors that may speed up the skin ageing process.
Limit sun exposure. Sun exposure accelerates the ageing of your skin. You can protect yourself by staying out of the sun when it is the strongest, using sunscreen with an SPF 30+ (e.g. Hamilton Everyday Face or Avene Very High Protection SPF 30+ Sunscreen Cream), wearing protective clothing and avoiding sunlamps and tanning beds.
Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking promotes skin wrinkling and is thought to accelerate the damage caused by sun exposure. Advantage Pharmacies offer a range of products and advice to help you quit smoking for good.
Moisturise regularly. Dry skin is more likely to show fine lines and wrinkles. If you have dry skin, try to moisturise at least twice a day or as required. For your body, try to use products (such as DermaVeen Moisturising Cream or Lotion) that are gentle on your skin and contain an ingredient, such as natural colloidal oatmeal, which is soothing and very hydrating. For delicate facial skin, there are a range of anti-aging products (such as Trilogy Age Proof Nutrients Plus Firming Serum and Olay Micro Sculpting Cream) that can gently hydrate and firm your skin to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help restore a more radiant complexion.
Gentle skincare. Age-related dryness can be further exacerbated by skin irritants such as perfumed soaps, heavily chlorinated swimming pools and long, hot showers. Try to avoid soap on your skin. Soap-free bars or washes (such as DermaVeen Soap-Free Wash, Hamilton Wash or Avene Cold Cream Ultra Rich Soap Free Cleansing Bar) are a better choice. During dry, winter months a humidifier (such as the Ultrasonic Anion Aroma Diffuser) may assist in hydrating dry skin
Good nutrition and adequate fluids. Nutritional deficiencies and dehydration could have a big impact on your skin. Try to ensure that you are including a wide range of fruit, vegetables and whole-grains in your daily diet. Limit foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.