Beginning at around the age of 40, some women start to experience a variety of skin issues. These can include: age spots, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and increased dryness. It can be very stress-inducing to look in the mirror and see a face that has changed. Keep in mind, all women struggle to maintain their complexions after a certain age. And, it’s not all bad news either – there are many ways to combat these issues, and keep your skin looking as healthy and youthful as possible.
Age Spots and Other Blemishes
Age spots are dark, flat spots that appear on areas of the body that have been most exposed to the sun. They sometimes appear on the face, which can be problematic for women who are concerned about the look of their skin. Age spots are somewhat treatable. Harvard Health offers two suggestions to treat age spots:
- Have them removed a physician. Physicians can perform a surgery, or try microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.
- Use a topical medication, which interrupts melanin formations. Melanin is the pigment that causes the skin to tan.
As a woman ages, her skin becomes subject to other blemishes, including acne, papules, and skin tags. Acne and papules can be treated with over-the-counter face wash that contains salicylic acid. If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to talk to your dermatologist about prescribed acne medications. To address the symptoms of skin tags, which can sometimes develop around the eyes, all-natural skin tag removal products are an alternative to surgery that should certainly be considered.
Wrinkles are inevitable. Over time, you’ll notice more and more. Think about your grandparents. They had wrinkles. Did you love them any less? Of course not, and no one is going to judge you by your wrinkles either. That being said, there are many ways to help reduce wrinkles. WebMD offers the following solutions:
- Always put on sunscreen. “It will protect you from skin cancer, and help prevent wrinkles at the same time.”
- Quit smoking. Smoking releases “an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, important components of the skin.”
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. In your sleep, you “produce more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more ‘elastic,’ and less likely to wrinkle.”
- Eat salmon. “The essential fatty acids help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles.”
Improving Skin’s Elasticity
Like wrinkles, a loss in elasticity is an inescapable reality. Don’t look to older celebrities as an example of how your skin should look after a certain age. Some of these women use surgery, such as face lifts, to keep their skin looking taunt. A face lift is an option, but isn’t it better to just accept yourself for who you are?
There are ways to improve your skin’s elasticity, and thus stave off the inevitable for a short time. You can apply over-the-counter creams, and take supplements to improve it. Try taking a vitamin C supplement to produce more collagen, or apply retinol before you go to sleep each night.
Older women experience dryness when their estrogen levels begin to fall. It’s a very common condition, and easily treatable. Excessive dryness can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth area, so begin treating it right away. Dr. Oz recommends using a moisturizer with added hyaluronic acid. “Hyaluronic acid helps to restore moisture levels to the skin as it actively attracts water.”
Remember ladies: Everyone ages! Even men! It’s nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, aging is something to embrace. It’s a natural part of living. If you do feel depressed about your age, it’s essential that you speak to your doctor. He or she can help you come up with a plan to combat the issue.
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