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Softer Skin At Any Age

Magazine Desk     15 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Softer Skin At Any Age

Whether you’re twenty-five, or sixty-five, the quest to maintain healthy, soft skin can be a daily battle. While there is no guaranteed method to permanently turn back the clock, there are several simple ways to slow it down and retain moist, soft skin. All you need to do is keep a few things in mind. Groove will show you how:


Wash Your Face Properly

With a vast spectrum of lotions and potions on the market, it’s easy to become confused about what to use-especially on your face. Using a cleanser rather than a soap is always a good idea. Soap is often too harsh and drying for delicate facial skin. The key is selecting a cleanser that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is a detergent that dehydrates the skin. If you are using soap, use ones that are gentle on your skin. To complete your routine use lukewarm water after you finish washing and pat dry (no rubbing).


Try A Good Moisturizer, Possibly One That’s New

Are you using the same moisturizer for years? With scientists discovering new ingredients to fight the war on dry skin, perhaps it’s time to start anew. Look for creams that are suitable for your skin. Creams containing coffee berry extract, matrixly or ceramide are great to soften skin. Ceramide, the latest innovation, is chemically created, but it’s bio-compatible-meaning it’s found naturally in our skin, too. Barankin also applauds the use of vitamin-infused emollients. At night, using a vitamin-C-based cream can be helpful. It’s not only anti-aging, but it also peels off some of the upper dead layers of skin that cause dullness and roughness. An over-the-counter retinol or prescription Tretinoin (vitamin A) would also help soften the skin and peel off dead layers.”


Add More Fish To Your Diet

We’re all familiar with the old adage. You are what you eat but when it comes to your skin, this saying couldn’t be more applicable. An unhealthy diet chock-full of fast or processed foods and high in sugar will result in a dull, dry, and sometimes acne-riddled complexion. To keep your skin supple and soft, a healthy eating plan is a must. It is recommended to have a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and especially fish. Salmon, tilapia, and herring are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help your skin stay smooth and pliable. And don’t forget water!


Avoid The Enemies Of Soft Skin

Alcohol, smoking, caffeine and excessive sun exposure are all factors that threaten healthy skin. Being healthy overall helps your body in so many ways, including your skin. Alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes act as diuretics, dehydrating the skin and causing a sallow colour, while too much sun also encourages skin damage. Sun avoidance or minimization via clothing, hats or sunscreen is a necessity in the quest to maintain soft skin.


Separate Fact From Fiction

Sleep, exercise, DIY facial masks-are these things a soft-skin help, or hindrance? Sleep and exercise are both great for the skin. When you sleep better, you have less dark circles, [for example]. As for exercise, being physically engaged aids the skin, too. It increases circulation and gives a nice firmness to the skin. Exercise reduces cortisol levels (your stress hormones) and we know they age you as well. However homemade masks, as well as facial massages, only offer a temporary effect. They feel nice, very natural and everyone loves ‘natural’ things, but there’s no real data to say they’re beneficial.


Consider A Professional Cosmetic Treatment

Advances in cosmetic procedures have opened the door to many new soft-skin success stories. There are now more chemical [facial] peels than ever: glycolic, salicylic acid, retinoic acid. Each is unique and gives more options, depending on skin type and how much downtime someone can tolerate. Micro-dermabrasion, and some laser-type devices can soften skin as well. 

While these cosmetic quick fixes are tempting, they can also be pricey and are not appropriate for everyone. Before proceeding with these treatments, a consultation with a dermatologist is recommended.