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Over 40 Skin to Die For

May 18, 2008
Now, some of us 'over 40' are paying dearly with skin that's turning to leather before our very eyes. What can be done, if anything, to get back some of that youthful glow and elasticity?

We need to know that there are two types of aging that affects our skin - intrinsic (genes) and extrinsic (external reasons, such as exposure to the suns rays). While some deterioration of the skin goes along with the aging process, there are ways we can lessen its effects. These include:

- Minimizing repetitive facial expressions - Frowning, smiling or raising your brows repeatedly can cause those deep furrows around your eyes and mouth and across your forehead.

- Sleeping positions - Do you sleep with your face pressed into the pillow or with the side of your face resting on the pillow? If you do, chances are you'll eventually discover 'sleep lines' across your chin and cheeks. Try to sleep on your back to minimize this type of wrinkle.

- If you smoke - quit - Smoking can cause unsightly lines and wrinkles, not to mention a yellowish, leathery texture to your skin. When you quit smoking the lines and unhealthy coloring and texture will immediately begin to disappear.

- Wear sunscreen - Sunscreen should be worn daily and become part of your overall skin protection regime. Be sure you choose a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protector and at least 15 or higher SPF.

While you can't really do anything about the intrinsic (genetic) factors that contribute to aging skin, you can opt for a medical treatment such as dermabrasion, chemical peeling, botulinum or injectable fillers.

Newer treatments such as radio frequency are taking the place of more invasive procedures like a complete face lift.

Another factor can be your eating habits. Most of us don't get the daily recommended daily allowances, vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants, etc. Using dietary supplements are very common today, and can produce very dramatic results.

Your skin is the biggest cell in your body. So it only makes sense that by giving your body natural dietary supplements, that are easily ingested, your skin along with the rest of your body will be performing at its peak.

If you eat right, supplement you diet, have an daily exercise program and your body will reward you. It's not enough just to have a long life if the quality is poor.

Balance and moderation are the keys to living a longer, healthier, happier, higher quality life.
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