Whoever coined the phrase, “beauty is skin deep” probably wasn’t a sunbathing, outdoor loving, fifty something Florida girl who’s reaping her sun loving days with one of the greatest gifts of age, CREPEY SKIN! You know the super fine lines showing up on our arms, legs and face that aren’t wrinkles, but something resembling a lovely party streamer known as crepe paper?
So as this new definer of age begins to make its debut, there are two questions most of us have, why is it happening and how can we stop it?
According to “The Dermatology Review” there are three reasons other than sun exposure that we begin to see crepey skin appear as we near menopause.
1. As we age our bodies produce less elastin and collagen, which is necessary for our skin to stretch and bounce back.
2. Our skin is not able to produce the same levels of oils, which is known to eliminate pathogens and dead cells. Without this natural process our skin becomes dry.
3. Our skin becomes thinner with age. As it becomes thinner we generally do not have an ample amount of fat under our skin, which causes these fine lines to appear.
We sure did have fun though over the years basking for hours in the sun with sun tan oil, baby oil and lotions to promote the deepest darkest tropical tans! Oh, and sunscreen, wait, what was that? We NEVER used it.
So it’s payback time, whether we like it or not. The question is, can we turn back the hands of time and reverse the aging process with our skin?
Maybe we can’t reverse time, but we can definitely do our best to stop the damage and make a few adjustments to heal our skin for tomorrow. Here are three important areas you can focus on to prevent further damage to your skin.
1. Exercise. A combination of resistance training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can reverse the age-related decline by improving our bodies lean mass, insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity, oxidation capacity, muscle strength and muscle mass. This information is from a 12-week exercise training study of younger and older individuals shared in a research article in March of 2017 by Cell Metabolism. The older individuals ranging in age from 65-80 who participated in both resistance training and HIIT showed a 69% increase in the above age-related improvements over the younger group, ranging from 18-30.
2. Moisturize. You don’t need the most expensive skin creams, but you do need to moisturize everyday, according to dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD of the Cleveland Clinic (2015). Some items she says to look for in creams include ceramides which are proteins missing in dry skin and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAS) which help to exfoliate and soften your skin. Be cautious of fragrances, methylparabens, retinoic acid, AHAS if you have a reaction, salicylic acid and lanolin, all of which can cause skin irritations or skin allergies for some individuals, she states. Additionally she recommends creams over oils as oils can block pores.
3. Nutrition. The age-old saying “we are what we eat” is not only apparent from the inside, but from the outside as well. In a study shared by Dermato Endocrinology in 2012, we are able to maintain our skins youthful appearance by nourishing our bodies from the inside through the consumption of foods containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. We may find benefits from Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Carotenoids, Polyphenols, Flavonoids, Botanical anti-oxidants, Coenzyme Q10, Pre- and Probiotics as well as Essential Fatty Acids. However while some conflicting thoughts still remaining, this article recommends our safest and healthiest sources of vitamins and minerals can still be found naturally in fruits and vegetables.
Additionally, drink more water, it’s hydrating, cut back on alcohol, it’s dehydrating. Avoid too much sun exposure, especially without sunscreen since the UV rays of the sun can still cause the most extensive damage to our skin at any age.
Our skin protects us, regulates our body temperature and serves us by communicating sensitivities to our brain. If we want our skin to continue this protection we so willingly take for granted we need to take action and begin the steps needed to promote healing. It’s your skin help it to last a lifetime.
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Thank you – Michelle