The skin is our largest organ as it is covering and protecting our whole body; its most important cell-produced protein is Collagen which helps “hold” the skin together, giving it firmness and elasticity.
Given the skin’s attribute of constantly regenerating itself, our skin stays plump and smooth all throughout our youth. However, as we age, the skin is slowly yet gradually losing its initial elasticity, causing fine lines, deep pores, wrinkles and spots. This happens due to collagen production decrease as well as its gradual damaging under sun exposure and bad skin habits.
What appears to be confusing, though is that – these days – the internet is overflowing with information that tackle upon various beauty regimens, skincare products, DYI remedies, surgical procedures, etc. that we all get lost, absolutely confused about what actually works.
Luckily, there’s always the good ol’ reliance on times and times proven remedies that aid perfectly in solving almost all skin conditions – and we’re about to discuss them in the lines below. We’ll be exploring the effect of these natural remedies on both young and old(er) skin, so pay good attention:
Vitamin C intake for young skin
Research shows that vitamin C plays a crucial role in collagen formation; apparently, without sufficient amounts of vitamin C, amino acids can’t be linked to form the protein. Also, those who have high amount of vitamin C in their diet are believed to develop wrinkles less likely than those who consume lower levels. For those who are young, it is advised to make their vitamin C intake regular to keep collagen production upbeat while those a bit older are encouraged to increase vitamin C intake through supplements, too to get an even bigger boost.
Great sources of vitamin C are red pepper, tomatoes oranges, lemon, kiwi fruit and dark green leafy veggies (sprouts and broccoli). You know what to do!
Protecting your gorgeous face
Sun exposure is a prime suspect for speeding up collagen loss which means one thing – make sure you protect the skin with proper SPF factor, all throughout the year. Doctors advise going for no less than SPF15 that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
If you are still young, start sunscreen usage as soon as possible; if you’ve reached mature age and your skin would use some anti aging remedies, you can always turn to olive oil, aloe vera, ginger, almonds and egg whites – each has its own purpose in removing fine lines and wrinkles.
Reach for retinol
Retinoid creams help boost collagen production but they are only available on prescription. Retinoid is best used on older skin as young skin has natural elasticity and speedy collagen production.
Exfoliating to a glowing face
Exfoliation is probably the best regimen you can adopt, regardless of age! Exfoliation is removing the top, dead layer of skin and, in such manner, speeding up the natural process of skin and collagen renewal. Some of the best chemical exfoliants are glycolic acid and lactic acid while some of the best natural options are baking soda, sugar, sea salt, kefir, oatmeal and honey. The right face exfoliator will be leaving your skin looking more radiant and feeling way healthier.
Face massaging as remedy
Regardless of your skin being young or old(er), massaging your face daily will give skin a more plump appearance, help boost the production of collagen and help stimulate the lymph glands to promote clear skin. It’s a win and it doesn’t even take much time!
Cleanser for older skin
When you embark on a mission of finally starting to take care of your skin, remember – skin isn’t just about facial skin, but your whole body. Bear in mind that the skin on your body is very different from the skin on your face which means it requires a different treatment.
Since aging skin tends to be thinner and more delicate on the face and hands, the best option is to use a nonsoap cleanser on these areas. To avoid having your soap strip away too much of your skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and tight, look for the type without harsh detergents and possibly PH neutral. That way, you’ll cleanse the skin and keep it healthy.
Caring for your skin is a never-ending process; as long as you apply the right set of skills and products at the appropriate time, you’ll have your skin glow and keep its natural elasticity for a very long time. Be smart about your regimens!