As we age, sun damage and high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause skin to become thin and fragile, or papery. This is often referred to as crepey skin. The loss of the production of estrogen and testosterone beginning when menopause starts can also cause thinning skin.
Aside from never sleeping on your side or face down, there are other tips to keep skin looking good as you get older. Remember, those creases in your face that you wake up with in the morning, just like the ones from squinting will eventually become lines and wrinkles, so sleep on your back and remember these timeless tips:
Tips for radiant skin 24/7
Remember, only you can prevent skin from aging too quickly. Hence, they’ve actually come up with a solution that may work quickly, although unproven: refrigerator facelifts.
Would you believe that there is a 3 day refrigerator face lift, comprised of a simple meal plan, which can give you visible results in the appearance of your face? It helps reduce puffiness around the eyes and helps to firm and contour the jaw line. You may also lose a couple pounds (always a good thing!). Simply repeat the same menu every day for 3 days.
- Breakfast – a 3 egg omelet or 6 ounce salmon, grilled; ½ cup oatmeal; 2” wide slice of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup berries (fresh, your choice; green tea; 12 ounce purified water
- Lunch – 6 ounce salmon, grilled; 2 cups dark leafy green salad with olive oil and lemon dressing; 1 kiwi or fruit as in breakfast
- Snack – 1 apple; 2 ounce turkey breast or 6 ounce yogurt; 1/3 cup walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts
- Dinner – 6 ounce salmon, grilled; repeat green salad; ½ cup vegetables, steamed or raw (no root veggies); fruit as above; water as above
- Bedtime Snack – 1 apple or pear; 2 ounce turkey/chicken breast or 6 ounce yogurt; 1/3 cup nuts as above
What about hands?
Hands have very little fat underneath the skin to help keep it plumped up. Other than your face, they are one of the first areas of the body that begin to show your age. Your knuckles begin to wrinkle, and they are also the part of your body that sustains the most damage from everyday tasks, chemicals for cleaning, and the sun. It is very easy for the skin to become wrinkled as we begin to age, and hands are usually the first place where age spots appear.
Apply rich emollient moisturizing cream to the hands multiple times per day to relieve the dryness of aging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Products that contain glycerin, Shea butter and safflower oil are excellent moisturizers for the hands.
Regardless of the commercial claims out there, no topically applied cream alone can dissolve or remove skin cancers, or reverse aging. Many other treatments and therapies are advertised, but the efficacy of any of them has never been proven. The FDA approved laser and massage therapies for skin recently, but either solution is only temporary; this is why Medi-spas and other forms of natural skin care remediation are often deployed as women age.