It is safe to say that we truly are living in the Golden age. Modern technology has helped us go from an average life expectancy of 49 years in the early 1900’s to 74 years in the year 2014. Thanks to the advancement of Science, medicine, sports, a woman or man reaching 40 does not need to worry about not looking pleasing to others. The progress does not apply to the oldest, as even the youngest people know that it is best to prevent rather than to cure disease, or in this case, skin aging. Pollution, stress, smoke and sun contribute to over 80% of skin aging. Yet, some of us do not even do the basics to protect this vital organ. When we follow some basic rules of awareness for maintenance and prevention, imagine that we can even repair damage that has occurred.
1) Understand that Skin is an Organ
It is the main defense mechanism against exterior aggression, be it physical, chemical or microbial. It protects the body from drying and overheating. It also receives touch stimuli through the sense organ. Did you know that it syntheses vitamin D? Vitamin D is known to help us not be depressed.
2) Know Your Skin Type
Follow these easy steps to find your skin type (Normal, Oily, Combination, or Dry). Simply wash your face with a light scrub. Do not apply any product and wait an hour. Get a Kleenex and press on certain parts of the face: forehead, nose, chin. Find your skin type below:
Normal: if after the hour there is no tightening feeling, no sebum anywhere.
Oily: if there is excess sebum all over the face
Combination: if the T-zone areas have excess sebum, and tightening around the mouth area.
Dry: if there is a tight feeling all over the face. No sebum
3. Exfoliate, Protect, Prevent, clean
Exfoliate: Pass the age of 30; this should be as natural to us as brushing our teeth. Depending on which system you use, it can only be necessary to exfoliate only two or three times a week. Babies have smooth, soft skin because it is constantly renewing itself. It is scientifically proven that after age 25 that process starts to slow down; going from a cycle of 28 days to almost three months.
Treat your skin: There are so many good products out there that can help in preventing damage on the skin. Make sure to always look for those which contain high amounts of anti oxidants.
Protect your skin. Do not go out into the sun without sunscreen. No matter, what you skin color! The sun causes inflammation on our skin at the cellular level; that swelling leads to wrinkles, age-spots and all.
Always clean skin by removing make-up and any residue that may accumulate during the day.
4. Carefully choose your products.
Carefully choose your products by a. Reading ingredient labels, to get an idea of where the ingredient you are using the product is situated. b Knowing that all products are not the same in quality. In our world today we had better be looking into organic or biodynamic.