The Skin you’re in…caring for your skin over 40
So skin, we all have it. It is in fact the largest organ the human body has. It is also often overlooked.
I raise my hand here because I am very guilty of this. Beyond sunscreen (I am a very pale, freckled Irish skinned girl) I have done little to keep my skin healthy throughout my life. I do have some things on my side in this department: I do use sunscreen all of the time, I don’t smoke, and I have been blessed with fairly good genes in this department. However the last few years I have been noticing changes. My skin is drier and I am getting fine lines, broken blood vessels, dark circles under my eyes, etc. I am ok with my body aging. It is a fact of life folks. However I do want to have a healthy look. I do want soft skin. I don’t want to shift the aging process into high gear.
So I have been reading up on how to get and keep my skin nice and healthy and supple. I have been trying some new products as well. Totally new to me stuff. Cleansers, and primers, and serums. Seeing what makes me look and feel better and what doesn’t.
So, let’s talk about some of the things I have learned, shall we?
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Skin: Feed me!
You already know diet can do powerful things like transform the size and shape of your body. But did you know it can drastically affect your skin as well?
A healthy diet rich in hydrating whole foods and low in sugar and chemical additives (both of which can trigger skin inflammation) will make a huge difference in how youthful your skin is. Probiotics are also important for skin health. They combat gut bacteria which can really wreck havoc with your skin. Taking a daily probiotic and eating food that are rich in antioxidants and probiotics will make a drastic difference in your skin and overall health.
Choosing foods that are hydrating is also key to healthy, soft, supple skin. Also foods high in vitamins, especially A and E, will help maintain healthy glowing skin.
Some foods to add to your menu for Healthy Skin:
Berries – especially blueberries, strawberries and blackberries
Spinach and/or Kale
Almonds and Walnuts
Not so good for your skin:
Dairy in excess
Greasy Junk Food
Skin: Hey I am Thirsty too!
Skin needs hydration to be healthy. Lots and lots of water people. I myself am an “ok” water drinker. Plain water is just kind of blah most days. Hot and sweaty? Sure hand me a huge glass of ice water please. However, you average day I am a sipper of water. So I don’t get enough in by a long shot. There are ways to combat that however. Let’s look at that a bit…how on earth to get all of that skin quenching, organ healing, digestive aiding, weight-loss assisting water down the hatch, ok?
Alternatives to PLAIN water:
Green or Herbal Tea
Mineral or Tonic water
OR….you can just jazz up your water with an endless variety of Infusion recipes that you can create in no time! Or even freezing herbs (Mint? Lemon balm? Rosemary?) or fruit (Lemon wedges? Berries? Grapefruit?) into ice cubes and floating them in your water to add a bit of flavors.
To infuse water, you simply add whatever flavors you find appealing – say, Cucumber/Lemon/Mint or Lemon/Ginger/Basil wash well, slice or chop and add to your glass. Then ‘muddle’ (crush a bit) to release some of the juices/flavors. Pour in water and stir or shake. Allow mixture to sit for several hours in the fridge to allow the flavors to combine. Easy right? You can also buy a water bottle with an attached ‘cage’ to put slices of fruit/herbs/veggies in and just let it hang out in your water for awhile to flavor the water. This method is much more mild as there is not muddling involved.
On a hot summer day you can break out the blender, some ice and your favorite fruit combos and make a healthy and hydrating slushy! Or even an ice pop…now there is an excellent and tasty way to get your water in! Some spices will work as well! Especially in the slushies.
A few recipe/flavor combos to try:
Skin: Clean and Gentle
Your skin is right out there. In the world, mixing it up every day with dirt, toxins, weather, germs and all sorts of filth. You must be sure to keep it clean in order to keep it healthy. I currently use Mary Kay’s skin care products. I love the Time Wise products and it is great that they have Good Housekeeping’s Seal of Approval. I love the difference in my skin! So much so I am now a Mary Kay Consultant.
Basic face washing – at the very least every night, preferably twice a day:
Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Strong enough to clean the skin but mild enough not strip the oils from your face. Preferably one that coincides with your skin type ( Dry/Oily)
Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin. Use warm, not hot water. Long hot showers are very drying to your skin.
Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin. Exfoliation is different and when done properly an important part of keeping your skin healthy.
Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. No rubbing!
Now that your skin is clean. What now?
Well, your next step should be toner (unless your cleanser already has that in it like mine Mary Kay’s Time Wise 3 in 1 ) Toner is excellent at removing any residual impurities still on the skin and reduces pores.
Next up would be any Serums that you might like to use to focus on any problem areas or issues you might have with your skin.
After that you need to moisturize your skin. No matter what your skin type, your face (and neck) need a moisturizer. Oily skin needs a lighter lotion type moisturizer, while dry skin needs a creamier product. Either your moisturizer or serum should contain sun protection.
Lastly an eye cream is an important step in your daily skin care regime. Eye cream is important no matter your age because the skin around your eyes is very different than the rest of your face.
This entire process should only take a couple of minutes.
These steps either deep clean or remove dead/old layers of skin. This allows your daily products to seep in and work even better. Revealing new, fresh skin will help you look better and your skin will be super soft. These type of products are not for everyday use. Either once a week, or every 3 days is plenty.
Now, the last thing (before make up of course) is a face primer (Mary Kay Face Primer is great and adds another layer of SPF protection) Face primer is the suit of armor for your face. Keeping the good stuff against your skin (serum, moisturizer, etc) and everything else away from your skin and pores (makeup, dirt, toxins). It also smooths the look of your skin and helps your makeup look more even and last longer.
You only get one face….take care of it. Treat it well, pamper it now and then.
You will be glad you did!