Your Age And Your Skin

download (10)Any beauty regimen should begin by taking good care of your skin. And the earlier that you begin to care for it, the better. This is so important as when we get older and use and abuse our bodies, the appearance and condition of our skin will begin to reflect our age and lifestyle. Skin tends to go through phases according to our age and if we know what to look out for, we can begin to take preventative steps to keep our skin looking it’s best.

When we’re young, most of us are lucky enough to have unblemished skin. As we get older, our skin will gradually change. Here is a short guide to what can happen to your skin at various phases in your life and how you can help to keep it looking it’s best.

Teenage years – Many of the skin problems we associate with teenagers such as acne are a result of hormonal changes during puberty. Oil glands in the skin are stimulated by hormones causing an over-production of oil which ends up clogging the pores and resulting in spots. Enlarged pores can often be a problem during teenage years too. This is often as a result of oil clogging up pores and once you have them, they will stay with you. This is why it is really important to get in the habit of cleansing and looking after your skin at as young an age as possible. Many of us (including myself) with fairer skin will begin to develop freckles as a result of sun exposure. Cover up with sunscreen to help prevent more from occurring. Do not be tempted at this age to use cosmetics and skincare products designed for more mature skin – it will do more harm than good!

Twenties – If you are in your twenties, in theory your skin should be at it’s peak. The upheaval of puberty is over and your skin should have settled. Spots and acne at this age are often the result of hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle and possibly as a result of hormonal contraception. If you have freckles that do not fade over winter, they will stay with you. If you don’t want anymore appearing, protect your skin from the sun. Remember that poor lifestyle choices now such as smoking, lack of sleep and too much alcohol will take their toll on you as you get older. If you have not already established a good skincare routine, now is the time to do it. Invest in your skin now and your future self will thank you for it.

Thirties – This is when your skin will begin to dry out and show signs of ageing (although this can start in your twenties if care is not taken). At this age, prevention is better than cure. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, regularly exfoliate and moisturise and don’t forget to take care of your hands and neck. Keep these areas moisturised as they are often one of the first places we begin to show signs of ageing. Look after the thin, delicate skin around your eye area with specially formulated products and wear sunglasses.

Forties – This is when wrinkles that developed in your thirties will now become a permanent feature. Your skin will begin to lose elasticity and collagen production starts to slow down. Look for products that are formulated for more mature skin containing ingredients such as peptides and retinoids to help your skin appear firmer. Your skin will also become thinner and more prone to sun damage so if you have never taken sun protection seriously in the past, now really is the time to do so.

Fifties and over – No matter how much you have looked after your skin in the past, this is when your skin will begin to show it’s age. The protein fibres and fatty deposits beneath your skin are disappearing and your skin will begin to feel looser. Wrinkles become more deep set and the skin becomes dryer. It is more essential than ever to eat well, exercise and keep your skin well moisturised and protected from the sun.

A philosophy of ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the number one thing to remember when it comes to the ageing process of your skin. Begin to look after your skin as early as possible. If you develop a good skincare regimen, protect your skin from the sun and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle it will pay dividends in the future that your sixty year old self will thank you for.

Tips To Find A Reliable Botox Clinic

download (9)Botox has now become one of the most popular and successful cosmetic procedures for those looking for a non-invasive wrinkle treatment. It is basically a drug which is prepared from Botulin to treat certain muscular conditions and remove wrinkles cosmetically by paralyzing facial muscles. Its effect last for about three months.

Botox is basically used for wrinkles which are caused by facial movement, such as crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles. It is generally considered safe and the effects are reversible. The injections used to inject it in the face causes very slight pain and take about fifteen minutes. These injections help in relaxing the facial muscles to make the skin appear smooth and wrinkle free. For a successful treatment, it is important to choose a reliable Botox clinic and practitioner. The clinic you select will have a significant impact on the result you get. Here are certain things which can help you find a clinic that is right for you:

Qualification – The process of injecting Botox requires skill and expertise and should only be done by a trained and qualified practitioner. A good Botox clinic is the one which provides a safe and relaxed environment for you to ask questions and voice your concerns.

Registration – The clinic should be registered with a relevant regulatory authority. Registration is an indication that the clinic has met certain safety and health requirements. You can check online if the clinic you want to visit is registered or not.

Insurance – It is important to check that the clinic has proper insurance cover to protect you if the doctor or nurse fails to carry the procedure properly.

Specialization – These days spas and salons also offer Botox treatment which makes it difficult to select a good clinic. You should look for a clinic which specializes in Botox and other related procedures. A specialized clinic will have the best equipment, medications and staff.

Experience – It is important to check how regularly this treatment is carried out in the clinic. Choose a clinic which is reputable and has different branches in different parts of the city or state. You can also ask the past clients about their experience with the doctors, nurses, and the result they got after the treatment. It is also important to make sure that the clinic offers follow-up services to see if the skin is responding well to the treatment.

The cost of Botox treatment depends on your location and the doctor you use. Look for a clinic which is within your budget. Most clinics offer free consultation to give comprehensive information about the services. A reliable Botox clinic will give you the kind of look you desire safely and effectively.

Thinking of Mitigating the Effects of Aging – A Simple and Effective Treatment

download (8)As we age and start to get wiser, there are certain natural processes that occur in our bodies as part of life and there is not much we can do about it except to watch and complain. As we get older, there are things that happen to our skin both externally (what we see) and internally (what we do not see). And as the years passed by, our skin gets thinner and the underlying fat can also start to diminish. As our skin starts to also lose some of its elasticity, it becomes drier which is also as a result of the production of less essential oils. The other effects of aging are less nerve endings in the skin and the number of sweat glands and blood vessels. These changes result in reducing the skin’s ability to mitigate sun and heat exposure. At this time our skin is more susceptible to sun other ray’s damage.

Sun damage is one of the most common adverse effects to our skin. But long term exposure to UV rays can mean more wrinkles, irregular spots appearing and can even make your skin look leathery and rough. Photo-aging is the term used for sun damaged skin and although there are natural products to mitigate these adverse effects everyone is susceptible over time.

Smoking! This is a habit that definitely affects the look and feel of your skin. This of course is something that you can control, but if you have smoked even for a few years you will see the side effects on your skin. Smokers can have more wrinkles, fine lines and just look older than someone who has never smoked. It’s never too late to quit and so if you are a smoker, you might want to not only be concerned about your health, but also about premature aging.

But as we get older there are some things that we just do not have a lot of control over. As our skin ages it doesn’t shed old skin as quickly and efficiently as it did when we were younger. So that combined with less collagen production, less elastin, the effects of sun and smoke and pollution, we are left with skin that has started to just wear down. And not all skin is made equal – some folks are just naturally more immune to the effects of the sun and indeed the effects of aging. But over time, everyone starts to look older and that’s just nature.

However, there is something that you can do if you are suffering from premature aging. My advice is that you start using anti-aging creams! I know that there are natural ones that have been specially formulated to mitigate all the effects of aging on the skin and they are good because they are made with organic ingredients. The ones that I have tested overtime do not only reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but also rid the skin of age spots, dark under-eye circles, and make the skin start to look young again.

Although, there are many of them out there that are promoted by some unscrupulous elements, just be careful where you source the product from so that you will not fall victim of the fake skin care products that populate the online e-commerce shops arena.