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Slow Your Skin From Aging

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.

Young Skin

Young Skin

Slow Aging Signs

As we age we will notice a fine line or wrinkle. People are usually very aware of the signs of aging, and they use various products to keep their as radiant and supple as possible.

A few wrinkles can give us the look of wisdom, but most people would rather retain their youthful skin as long as possible. There are certainly several things we can do to slow up these aging signs.

Sun Protection

Sun protection is important year-round. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can affect your skin on cloudy days just like sunny days. UV rays can reflect off surfaces like water, cement, sand and snow.

Despite what you may have heard, people with dark skin do not sunburn as easily as light skin people, but they still do need skin protection from the sun.

The CDC recommends a few options for some protection:

  • Use protective clothing on all exposed skin
  • Wear a hat with a brim to protect your face, ears, head and neck
  • Wear wrap around sunglasses and that block as close to 100% as possible of the UVA and UVB rays
  • Always use sunscreen that has a sun protective factor of 15 or higher for both UVA and UVB protection
  • Stay in the shade during the midday hours
  • Do not use a tanning bed

Skin Aging Facts

Skin is your body's the biggest organ. It is composed of several layers; it contains oil glands, blood vessels, immune cells, and components that give it structure and elasticity.

While we know skin will respond to external factors such as the sun, it also responds to internal factors like our diet. I'm sure you've probably heard the saying "you are what you eat" and this holds true where your skin is concerned. Most of us look for anti aging methods.

Facts about aging skin that you might not know:

  • As we age we have a slower turnover of cells in the outer layer of our skin (the epidermis). In young people the turnaround process takes about 28 days, while in the elderly it takes 40 to 60 days.
  • As we age it is harder for nutrients to pass from the deeper layer of skin (dermis) to the outer layer of skin.
  • There is less activity in the pigment producing cells of the epidermis and fewer cells, which leads to mottled skin coloring, and you also may get sunburned more easily as you age.
  • There is a decrease in the immune system cells of the skin.
  • There is less collagen in the skin as you age, which normally provides support for your skin, and it provides elasticity.
  • Skin becomes thinner and dryer due to a reduced blood supply, and there are fewer oil glands as well.

While this list sounds awful, there are things we can do to slow up this aging process besides just staying out of the sun. If you are a smoker you're going to have more wrinkles, so this is a good time to give it up.


Tips About Diet

There are certainly some foods when eaten regularly that will help slow up the aging process.

  • Wild salmon, mackerel, albacore and bluefin tuna, herring, anchovies, sardines and other cold water fish are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and an antioxidant called DMAE, which protects you from free radicals, snd it preserves your skin tone. You can take omega-3 supplements.
  • Eat good sources of antioxidants; they are also found in green leafy vegetables.
  • Yogurt and kefir are dairy foods, which are a good source of protein, calcium and probiotics.
  • Another great source of antioxidants and fiber is simple fresh fruits, particularly berries.
  • Good fats in your diet will help make your skin supple and healthy and they include olive oil, avocados, flaxseed, nuts and of course the omega-3 fish.
  • Drink an adequate amount of water, as staying well hydrated keeps your skin cells plump and firm.

Find the 1st Step for Your Skincare Routine

Exfoliating Skin

There is a large selection of skin care products on the market and several recipes you can use to make your own products for exfoliation. They include products for cleansing, exfoliating, facial mud or clay masks, toning and moisturizing. Almost any article you read about skin care starts out with exfoliation, then toning, moisturizing and protection.

It is important to determine your skin type. Exfoliate mud base is for dry skin and for oily skin you need a clay base. Choose the appropriate products for your skin type and establish a weekly skin care routine.

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Exfoliation is important to remove dry, dead skin cells, which will diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and stimulate collagen for a more youthful look.

You can also mix ingredients, which you probably already have in your home, to make an exfoliating mixture, such as combining store-ground cornmeal equally with plain yogurt and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix these ingredients in a small bowl.

Moisten your skin with warm water and massage the mixture onto your skin using an upward, outward motion, then leave it on for at least 5-10 minutes before rinsing again with warm water.

You can make a similar mixture using rolled oats instead of cornmeal, plain yogurt, a small amount of unprocessed honey with a teaspoon of sesame seed oil, which works just as well. You want your mixture to be abrasive enough to exfoliate your skin.

Another great cleansing routine is to steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes. as part of your weekly routine. Using a handful of chamomile in a pot of boiling water. Let it cool slightly so your skin will not burn, then place a towel over your head, and place your face over the pot to expose it to the steam.

Moisturizer Information

To moisturize your skin there are many recipes you can follow to make a mask that you leave on for maybe 10 or 20 minutes, then rinse. One method is to mix wheat germ and applesauce and let it sit until the wheat germ absorbs the applesauce.

Apply the mixture to moisten the skin, leave on for twenty minutes. Remove the mask over the sink as it will fall off in chunks, and you can use your fingers to lightly brush off the rest. Splash cool water on your face to remove any leftover residue.

If you have very oily skin it is better to use a clay based mask. They are more beneficial for oily skin that is prone to get acne and blemishes.

If you have very sensitive skin, a hydrating mask and gel mask should be used.

If you're going to buy creams to put on your face, be sure you read the ingredients. Avoid a lot of preservatives but vitamin C, for instance, is excellent for your skin and plays an important role in the production of collagen.

Selenium is also a component of your body's antioxidant enzymes, which has been shown to protect skin from UV damage.

The Ordinary Skincare Routine l Morning + Night

In Conclusion

It is important to wash your face and remove your makeup every night with a gentle cleanser before bed and use a quality night cream on your face and throat.

You can also use a toner before putting on your night cream but if your skin is dry you may want to skip this step or certainly pick one that won't be too harsh on your skin. When you wake up in the morning you also want to wash her face again. Consistency is the key to a good skin care program. Choose skin care products carefully, as the ones with antioxidant vitamins will give you the best results.

Skin Care Questions


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 08, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I am glad you liked the article and the videos. It does sound like you are taking the right vitamins, etc.

It is important to take care of your feet. Many people have a problem with their feet as they age.

I appreciate your comments. Take care!


manatita44 from london on September 08, 2021:

Well detailed and with some great videos! I do very, very little and have been that way for much of my life. My feet are cracking though, so I have been recently using some dermatology cream, which helps.

I use nothing on my face but water, recently I have used a cream for beneath my arms and back of neck. I think I bought it for the hair, but again I rarely use it.

The diet and nutrition things I tend to take: zinc, essential fatty acids, water, Vit C and so forth. That's me done. Not a great model for youth and great skin. A very valuable article, though and your videos are great.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 08, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

It sounds like you are doing everything right. Our skin type sure helps us know which routine is the best.

I am glad you found the article interesting and helpful. I appreciate your comments. Stay happy and healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 08, 2021:

Hi Maria,

I am glad the article was an inspiration for you. Quite honestly I have inspired myself to be more consistent too. LOL!

Thank you so much for your comments.

Rosina S Khan on September 07, 2021:

Pamela, I am glad to know the tips about skin protection, diet, and skincare products which I found useful and informative. As my skin is very oily, I use sunscreen before going out and use a clay mask at home, and sometimes use an apricot scrub- all these I have found to be good to control the acne on my skin.

Thank you, Pamela, for this interesting and helpful article. I benefitted a lot from it.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 07, 2021:

Great article -- great advice. I do use a toner, and cleanse twice daily, but I have not been exfoliating for quite a while now. You have inspired me to get back to doing that. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 07, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Never apologize for the length of your comment, as it is no problem.

I think your more oily skin will probably make your wrinkles start later in life, but rest assured you will have wrinkles at some point. I remember being 29, but it was a long time ago. LOL.

I use to try different skin products also. I have dry skin, so many of my choices were hydrating type creams. I use a lot of CeraVe products now, like skin cleaner and lotion. We all have to choose what is fitting for out particular skin.

There are many home products that may work as well as the expensive ones.

I am glad you found this article to be informative. I am glad you learned a few new things, and even understanding how our skin ages is good information.

I drink a lot of water too as staying well hydrated is healthy in so many ways.

I hope you stay happy and healthy also.

Much love and blessing to you too!

Misbah Sheikh on September 07, 2021:

I am glad I found your article in my feed now. Pamela, this is an excellent article as always. I really appreciate your efforts. You have explained everything in great detail.

When it comes to moisturising and exfoliating the skin I am too lazy. I have oily skin my mother always recommend me to rub lemon on my face and apply egg white once in a week as a natural mask. I always find this very funny to use egg and lemon juice on my skin. Though, I know many people who do these remedies and are happy with the results as well.

I am 29, recently a friend asked me to take care of my skin. She said to me that the signs of ageing starts to appear in mid 30's so I should be careful. After listening this I ordered a collagen supplement from Holland and Barrett. This one:

and then I went to Sephora and purchased night and day creams of Estee Lauder. I treated myself as a queen for about 7 days and now all of these products are resting on my dressing table. Lol!

Yes, I started one good thing. I am drinking a lot of water from past few months. May be as a result of summer. But now it's becoming a good habit and I am happy with that.

Thank you for sharing this informative article. I have learned a few new things from your beautiful article today. Sorry for very long comment.

Take care and stay happy and healthy!!

Many blessings and love to you as always!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 07, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I didn't use skin protection when I was young either, but maybe living in northern Ohio saved me.

You will probably have less wrinkles due to your skin being oily. I have known people who use witch hazel but I have no experience with it as I have dry skin (unfortunately).

I am glad you found this to be good information. I appreciate your comments.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 07, 2021:

Good information, Pamela. I do wash my face twice a day, but don't do the toner thing or nighttime moisturizer. I have oily skin, even at the age of 64. My mom has always told me to use witch hazel as a toner. I have a bottle in my cabinet, but keep forgetting to use it.

When I was young I used no skin protection. My goal was to get as tan as possible. Wish I knew then what I know now!

I'll have to try to be more mindful of my facial skin and its care.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 06, 2021:

Hi Olusegun,

I have heard that when you are black you may not know you have a sunburn, so it is even more important to take care of your skin.

I am glad you enjoyed this article, and I hope everyone learns something new. Thank you so much for your comments.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on September 06, 2021:

This again is a wonderful piece Pamela. Some of us who are black don't know we can have skin burn... How the ageing affects nutrients getting to the skin is well laid out. I enjoyed every bit of this. Thanks for sharing.

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