Grey hair, blotchy and wrinkled skin, are natural parts of aging.
While they’re both inevitable, there are ways to delay the process until you’re ready to accept your just rewards for living long enough to look your age.
Grey hair, or in my case – so little hair I might as well shave my head – is easily ‘fixed’ with professional hair coloring.
Professionally done so as to avoid the ‘orange & pink hair look’ we’ve all seen on some aging DIY’ers…
Anti-aging skin care solutions aren’t as simple.
Firstly, our skin has 3 layers and is our biggest organ. The effects of exposure to sun, wind and age, all take their toll.
And, there’ll come a time when long-sleeves, turtlenecks and gloves are our last, if transparent, cover-up.
When you reach that day (may it be met with grace and dignity), think back to:
Aging has benefits other than its alternative:
- Growing older may bring us wisdom gained from both our experiences and our observations (I’m still waiting?)
- We could learn life flows smoother when we accept our, and other people’s, peculiarities.
- And, wonders of wonders, it could dawn on us that life is more about befriending our spiritual self and less about the accumulation of ‘things’.
Aging also gifts us with both inner and outer body changes.
While ladies may lament sagging breasts and drooping behinds, we men often develop what suspiciously look like breasts. Still waiting for the men’s version of a bra. Figure marketers will call it a ‘bro’ (a-la the Seinfeld TV show)…
Anyway, as we continue to count up the years, wrinkles start etching designs upon our face’s skin, hands and other publicly visible areas. (Think The Rolling Stones rhythm guitarist, Keith Richards)
Again, all natural signs of getting older.
Yet, some of us aren’t adverse to delaying them with some strategic counter moves.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Ideas:
Skin, the live covering for our body, holds in needed moisture, and blocks out invasions of toxins, germs, pathogenic bacteria and unnecessary water.
The younger we are, the easier it is for this complex activity to work without our conscious attention or intervention.
Yet, we should take care of our skin’s health and well being.
Typically, most of us don’t figure this out early enough to have benefited from simple precautions that could have protected our skin when we were young. If we had done so, our skin would’ve continued looking, and being, healthier as we grew older.
The greatest threat to our skin is the sun.
Normally our skin produces melanocytes to ward off the sun’s rays, which are particularly damaging to the dermis layer. (The dermis layer is the middle layer of our skin and provides firmness to our skin.)
As the sun’s rays attack the dermis, collagen is broken down. The result is sagging skin and wrinkles. Natural remedy: uh, avoid over-exposure to the sun?
Smoking also causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
According to research data, smokers end up with 40% thinner skin and have more wrinkles than non-smokers…
Natural remedy: do I need to say it? OK, and just in case you were educated, like I was, in Kentucky: Quit Smoking!
Diet Solutions For Healthy Skin:
Eating a diet high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acid laden foods, will help nourish our skin and keep it looking younger.
Other sources for omega-3 fats are: deep sea fish, berries, walnuts, flax seed, organic eggs, and extra virgin olive oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), both which help prevent wrinkles.
Aside: The DHA and EPA in omega 3 fatty acids protect against heart disease and possibly strokes. They also lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
And, they’re thought to help fight depression and could act as a natural defense against the onset of arthritis.
Click the following blue link to read my post about what causes eye wrinkles.
Although I don’t go outta my way to defend myself against showing my age in all its natural glory, even I like the feel of a soothing application of a non-smothering skin cream.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, selecting and buying a skin cream conditioner was simple for me… I’d just grab the cheapest and biggest container that was labeled as having aloe vera.
Thus, displaying my entire knowledge upon the subject of skin conditioner…
Just knowing about the benefits of skin cream containing aloe vera was perhaps a good start.
Yet, I’ve sense learned that’s merely a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg of related information about possible skin cream choices. And, researching the subject, for this post, opened up a skin-care pandora’s box kinda experience.
My (D.U.H) skin cream conditioning primary conclusion:
No matter the ingredients and mixtures, some creams work for some people and not for others. And, vice versa…
Sooo, the only intelligent method for choosing which particular product works best for you, is to test them upon yourself.
Natural, DIY Skin Cream Ideas:
Organic Coconut Oil: helps keep skin looking smooth and supple, and it can also heal other skin problems.
Coconut oil’s possibly the best conditioning cream you can use as an anti-aging home remedy. Packed with natural antioxidants, which battle against toxins and free-radicals, it’s nature’s finest moisturizer when used in its natural, unrefined state.
Coconut oil has the same PH level as our skin. And, when applying it to our body, it helps to maintain, and restore, our skin’s PH balance.
It’s also a natural sun screen. Because it can penetrate into our cell’s structure, it’ll protect against the sun’s damaging rays.
(Coconut oil also makes a great hair conditioner.)
Shea butter comes from the bark and seeds of shea trees. The butter contains high amounts of vitamin A and some vitamin B.
Shea butter is basically a form of fat made up of stearic acid and oleic acid. It’s used as a sunscreen, a moisturizer, a healing salve, a body lotion and as a conditioner for hair.
Although pure natural shea butter gives off an unpleasant odor, the smell goes away after you’ve had it on your body for 10 – 15 minutes.
In fact, the smell is a tip off that it’s pure and organic. Benefits of Shea Butter
You can save money, and get a superior anti-aging skin cream conditioner, by combining raw organic cocoa butter with pure natural shea butter and vitamin E, to make your own homemade skin cream that would probably rival, or better, most store brands.
If you’re interested in some free DIY formulas for natural beauty solutions, Click on the following blue link: DIY Beauty Formulas
Yes, our skin will become thinner and less protective as we get older. It’ll develop wrinkles, blemishes and blotches that make us look, well, our age. But, with balanced diets, healthy lifestyles, and some pampering, we can help extend its health and looks.
Remember to check your skin often. If you notice any changes that worry you, see your doctor, Mr MD.