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Protecting skin as it ages

By Metro

Published October 09, 2017

Just as the body changes with age, so do the needs of the skin. While acne and breakouts may have been the bane of existence as an adolescent, wrinkles and dark spots are concerns as we age.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that skin changes are one of the most noticeable signs of aging. Sagging skin and wrinkles are two of the more common problems men and women encounter as they age.

As people get older, connective tissues in the skin that promote strength and elasticity have a tendency of breaking down. Furthermore, the blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile, which can lead to bruising. Also, sebaceous glands may produce less oil, making the skin less able to moisturize itself. As a result, the skin thins out.

It is important to note these changes so that people can be proactive in their approach to skincare as they age. There are certain strategies to put in place that can make the difference in the appearance and health of the skin. While none of these are the magic "fountain of youth," they go a long way to promoting a more youthful appearance.

Address dryness. If the skin is itchy or uncomfortable, or if you find that there is extra flaking, lack of moisture could be a problem. Moisturizer should be the staple of a skincare regimen. Experiment with moisturizers until you find the one that is the best match for your skin.

Use sun protection. The sun is one of the single biggest contributors to unhealthy skin and premature signs of aging. Always wear sun protection products when going out in the sun, even on overcast days.

Don't tug or be rough on the skin. The skin becomes more delicate and prone to injury as a person ages. Therefore, unnecessary roughness while washing and drying can break capillaries or mar the skin in other ways. Be delicate, using cotton to wipe away makeup and avoid cleansers that have rough excoriators or other substances that can be rough on the skin.

Revise makeup shades and products as needed. As skincare needs change, it pays to go with the flow in terms of the products you use and buy. What may have been flattering a few years ago may not be flattering now. Think about neutral or rosy shades in the types of foundations and blushers you select. Avoid anything that is too dramatic or drastic.

Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can increase the risk of injury with regards to the skin, making it more susceptible to dryness and other issues. Be sure to always stay hydrated by consuming enough water to ward off feelings of thirst.

Experiment with a facial. Facials can help promote blood flow to the skin and improve the appearance of youth and vitality. In addition, a facial massage can feel invigorating. Check with a spa near you to see if they offer facial services. Talk with the staff about your skincare needs and ask for recommendations on the products that may work for you.

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