UPDATED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 2:55pm
(StatePoint) One of the customary perks of getting older is growing a little wiser along the way. You’ve most likely come to appreciate your “thicker skin” when dealing with life’s sticky situations. However, when you look in the mirror, all you seem to see is thinning skin -- your epidermis that is, not your ego.
The good news is there are steps you can take to help maintain your skin’s firmness and elasticity and improve its appearance.
Avoid eating too many highly processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, as research suggests that these foods can promote skin aging, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your skin, which is a reflection of your wellness, benefits from a healthful diet. Opt for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein from lean meat. These choices will provide you with a variety of nutrients for your skin and overall health.
Does your skin bruise easily? Unfortunately, this is a common problem that can cause you to feel insecure about exposing your skin. With the use of certain topical treatments, you can help repair and maintain elasticity that may have been lost due to medication, UV damage, genetics or simply getting older.
For example, DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula can help improve skin texture, as well as maintain collagen and elastin production. DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula can help to boost moisture and suppleness, and help lessen the appearance of skin discoloration. The formula is non-irritating, fragrance-free and rich in skin penetrating ingredients, such as ceramides, retinol, arnica oil and glycolic acid. Best of all, this formula absorbs easily into skin and won’t stain clothing. DerMend, which is available online and at select CVS stores, is a great step to work into your daily morning and evening skin care routine.
Too much exposure to the sun and the ultraviolet radiation that comes with it, are contributing factors to sunburn, premature aging and even skin cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Their SunWise health education program advises everyone to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days, and to protect skin with hats, long sleeves and sunglasses.
Don’t let time reflect itself poorly in your skin. With vigilance, you can protect your skin and improve its appearance.