As we age, we become better negotiators, acquire enhanced social skills, and we grow more confident in ourselves, research from the University of Michigan has found. Though those self doubts of our youth fade away, unfortunately so does that youthful glow our skin once had. The skin is a complex organ, and like internal organs, it changes with age. Skin becomes thinner, losing its plumpness, and the coloring grows uneven. It loses elasticity and minor cuts, scratches, and bumps can take longer to heal. But even with aging skin, there are methods to make it feel and look younger. So for those who want the benefits of aging without the aged skin, here are three insights into what happens to skin over time paired with solutions to help start correcting the signs of aging now.
One very common symptom of aging skin is dryness. As we grow older, the stratum corneum, our outer-most layer of skin, experiences water loss. This phenomena makes the epidermis flake and crack, creating patches of dry skin that can itch or burn. The symptom can be exacerbated by using detergents with irritating ingredients or alkaline soaps that can injure the barrier of the skin.
A miracle solution for dryness due to aging is hyaluronic acid, an acid that occurs naturally in our bodies that we can now supplement. The hyaluronic acid skin benefits according to dermatologists are numerous, but particularly help with moisturizing skin to correct dryness and help provide a natural glow.
A solid complexion of a single shade is so often taken for granted in youth and it's not until the late 30s and early 40s that some unwelcome inconsistencies make themselves known. These dark spots on the face can have multiple origins but the number one offender is usually the sun. The aging skin pays the price for the sun worshipping we did in our youth as sunlight exposure leads to wrinkles, dryness, and most certainly age spots, which prove nearly impossible to cover up with makeup.
An all-natural solution to taming those bold spots can be found in your own spice rack: turmeric. Mix together one teaspoon of turmeric and two tablespoons of flour with two tablespoons of rice water into a brightly colored paste and dab it onto any dark spots visible on your face and neck. Rinse it off with room temperature water after 20 minutes and see results in as little as a week. With any at-home home remedy, it's imperative to start out tentatively. Test your skin sensitivity with a small amount of paste on your wrist for 10 minutes first, then proceed if no reaction is noted. If any discomfort or burning is experienced at all, rinse the mixture off immediately with tepid water.
The grandad of symptoms, wrinkles are the most prevalent and most stubborn signs of the aging of the skin. Wrinkles come about for several reasons: genetics, sun exposure, smoking, and a decrease in the production of the skin's natural oils, to name a few. Additionally, as the years add up, the deeper layers of the skin begin to lose fat resulting in the sagging of the skin and crevices that become wrinkles.
When growing old brings out the wrinkles, you need to bring out the big guns (or as big as the guns get before declaring nuclear war on aging and going "under the knife") with laser resurfacing. Through this process, lasers are used to stimulate the collagen production of the skin, which results in the skin growing plumper. The results are said to be immediate. Though it has minimal risk and it is not technically a surgery, it is still a procedure, so have a discussion with your doctor about the frequency and number of treatments you'll need, and inquire about specific risks and recovery time.
Growing old isn't all bad, but if you want to have impeccable social skills and maintain more youthful skin, then start implementing these solutions into your own skincare routines today. Whether you counter dry skin by using hyaluronic acid, battle dark spots by making a turmeric face mask, or combat wrinkles by seeking out laser resurfacing from your doctor, a little knowledge and ingenuity can help correct a lot of the damage that aging has doled out to your skin.