At 35, you might be experiencing some of the inevitable skin conditions that come with age. These include wrinkles, sagging skin, paleness, thin appearance, age spots and dryness. While these effects on the skin are irreversible, arming yourself with skin-beautifying and skin-healing habits now can stave off these tell-tale signs of aging.
Sun and Skin Beauty
Exposure to sun can cause lack of elasticity of the skin, as well as pigment changes, like age spots and noncancerous skin growths. Exposure can also cause skin cancer, a condition which women over 35 run in an increased risk of developing. Other effects of sun exposure include wrinkles, freckles, and rough or dry skin. For these reasons, you should wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher in all weather conditions. In addition, try to limit sub exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as this time is when the sun’s rays are strongest. Also, wear clothing that shields your skin from the sun.
Foods for Skin Health and Beauty
Certain foods may help fight off the symptoms of skin aging, says the Reader’s Digest site. Avocados and eggs, for example, help fight against dry skin with biotin, an essential B vitamin. Reader's Digest also recommends tomatoes to help slow down the aging process because they're a rich source of lycopene and carotenoids . These are antioxidants that fight off the free radicals that damage cells, including your skin cells. Try pomegranates for increased collagen production, and look to salmon for an elasticity-improving carotenoid, astaxanthin, that reduces lines, says the site.
You can also look to simple procedures and commercial topical treatments to provide anti-aging effects. For example, chemical peels can help remove excess layers of dead skin on your skin’s surface, allowing fresh skin to show through for youthful look. Also try moisturizing products, available everywhere, for combating dryness. You can also try an anti-aging cream, but their effectiveness will depend on the active ingredients. With any treatment, watch out for allergic reactions or skin irritations. If you experience redness, itchiness or discomfort at the application site, discontinue use and consult your physician.
Lifestyle habits encourage an aged look on skin. For example, hot water and harsh soaps can strip the skin of natural oils, encouraging your dryness. To remedy, use gentle or mild soaps and bathe in warm water. After washing your skin, pat it dry instead of rubbing it dry. This helps maintain moisture. Smoking can also age skin, as it narrows blood vessels needed to send vitamins and nutrients that encourage healthy, youthful skin. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin and causes wrinkles due to repeated facial movements.
Common Skin Disorders
Skin disorders in older adults, include stress, obesity, diabetes, blood vessel disease and nutritional deficiencies, according to MedlinePlus. Your wrinkles and sagging skin result from the lack of collagen and elastin production, proteins which give your skin elasticity, firmness and strength. Paleness occurs as the amount of your pigment-containing cells, called melanocytes, decrease. Meanwhile, a thinning outer skin layer, called the epidermis, gives skin a thin appearance while and sun-exposed areas experience an increase in pigment, causing age spots. Decreased oil production is also an issue, causing skin dryness. Consult your physician if you’re concerned your skin changes could be the result of an underlying health condition.
Sarah Thompson has been a writer since 2006. She has contributed to Ohio-based publications such as "CityScene" and "Dublin Life" magazines, as well as Columbus' top alternative weekly, "The Other Paper." Thompson has also written for several online outlets, including Smashing Magazine and Web Designer Depot. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, sexuality studies and visual communication design from Ohio State University.