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anti aging skin care is not a lost cause after 40 - honest!

Mar 4, 2008
At any age, commonsense skin care starts with taking positive action to dodge all avoidable skin damage, particularly from sun and wind. When you pass into your forties, skin problems increase dramatically (particularly so for women).

Past 40 your skin faces greater challenges with fewer resources

As you pass the 40 mark, your levels of some important hormones and growth factors will decrease. Also, damage to your cells will have accumulated over earlier decades, especially for your skin cells. The normal renewal of your skin cells will slow dramatically too.

Women in particular experience dramatic hormonal transformations as they approach and then go through the menopause. The loss of these hormones causes a reduction in the production of collagen, elastin and other skin components. This in turn leads to a reduction in the production of sebum and in turn this leads to the skin thinning and dryness.

In men over 40, declining levels of testosterone initiate similar (but less obvious) consequences.

Age-related skin inflammation problems can also appear. This inflammation can increase the production of damaging free radicals, and this in turn can lead to cell damage, skin degradation and various other skin problems.

These steadily accumulating changes can lead to visible consequences for your skin:

* Thickening and drying of the outer layer (the skin's epidermis) leaving it looking dull, and increasingly dry

* Thinning of the dermis (mid layer of the skin), which in term leads to reducing strength, firmness and elasticity. This accelerates the development of lines and wrinkles

* The development of wrinkles, lines and creases, especially in areas where facial expressions lead to repeated creasing of the skin. An aging dermis no longer fully recovers from regular and continuous folding of the skin

* Patchy coloring, skin blotchiness, blemishes, breaking capillary veins

* Lessening of subcutaneous fat and a weakening in facial muscles, lead to a haggard or gaunt expression

But it doesn't really have to be like that! Aging cannot be avoided, but beating the effects of aging is certainly possible. Many of the long term effects of aging can - in many cases - be reversed, and others can be effectively put "on hold".

Here is a brief list of the major problems with aging skin, and how they can be avoided

Ensure hydration Dryness is very common after 40. Proper hydration is needed for every other step of a skin care program to work properly. Wash with a moisturizing soap and clean fresh water, avoid alcohol wipes, and of course, avoid sun and wind much as possible. Drink plenty of water.

To reduce and avoid wrinkles and fine lines use retinoids (e.g. Retin A) and vitamin C. Also believed to be effective are lipoic acid and copper peptides. Remember however, that each suggestion may be right for one person but not for another.

Estrogen and progesterone Recent research indicates that replenishing of estrogens and progesterone via external application improves skin hydration, reduces wrinkles, and produces several other beneficial effects in women at or past their menopause. However, any treatment should be embarked upon only with the approval of your physician.

Exfoliation After forty, your epidermis (your outer skin) will usually become drier and thicker because its cells are not being replaced as quickly as they once were. Your skin would then look dull, dry, and patchy. Occasional exfoliation can then help you to restore a youthful look and feel by removing the dead high level skin cells. It is important not to over-exfoliate. Start with a mild exfoliating agent (like table sugar scrub). If this is insufficient, try a very mild chemical exfoliant.

Skin Texture and Colour Age spots and blotchiness are common as you head into your 40s. They are mostly caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin. The problem can sometimes be alleviated by applying a lightening agent which slows the production of melanin.

Motion wrinkles They develop in any area of the face where movement results in folding of the skin. They become common after 40 and are very resistant to traditional treatments such as anti-wrinkles agents, laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

Anti Aging Botox Treatment However, motion wrinkles respond surprisingly well to anti-aging botox injections (botulinum toxin). This appears to be because Botox effectively stifles movements that cause the problem.

Botox can reduce horizontal lines in the forehead, crow's feet, scowl lines between the eyebrows, and those ghastly wrinkles in your upper lip. Botox seems to be less good at treating smile lines and it's useless for wrinkles which are NOT caused by facial movements.

Professional Help If your skin continues to resist all these self-administered anti aging treatments, you may wish to consider a skin treatment performed (usually) by a medical professional. It is always most important to choose the right treatment and to use the right doctor.

Available professional treatments include lasers, dermal fillers, chemical peels, Botox injections and so on. Some of the available treatments are invasive, painful, and all are very expensive.

The Best Anti Aging Cream arrives However, there is now a genuine user-applied non-invasive alternative to Botox. You can find out all about this new anti aging wrinkle cream, and why it works so well, at my HGHscene web site (see last paragraph). You'll also find also some amazing "before and after" photos of skin which has been treated.

This new anti aging skin cream offers:

* Wrinkle density reduction of 33%

* A 23% decrease in the volume of wrinkles

* A 20% lessening of the depth of wrinkles

Buy some Sunglasses One concluding suggestion! It may seem ridiculous to you, but one of the best wrinkle prevention remedies available is a pair of good sunglasses. If you are often out and about in bright sunlight, you'll probably squint a lot (we all do, even if we don't realise it).

This type of long-period squinting can last for minutes or hours, and over weeks or months this will lead to permanent skin wrinkling - mostly around the eyes, but also further afield.

This is particularly marked after 40, but is something that can start much earlier for many. Their skin may seem to recover when they are younger, but longer term damage is still being done.

Moral: don't wait until the wrinkles appear, that will be too late! Take action long before you think you need to!
About the Author
Therapist Scott Schofield writes on alternative health matters. He has two web sites where you can buy anti aging products online or learn more about the
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