Facial changes take place as the years add up. Our foreheads expand as hairlines retreat, the nose and ears continue to grow or droop as the elasticity in the skin wanes, and the sun exposure takes a toll on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, color, and spots. The wrinkles we usually see first are the result of expressions used repetitively over the years. Under the skin on the face, the fat redistributes or lessens with time. When we're young, fat in the face is evenly distributed, with some pockets here and there that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. With age, that fat loses volume, it may clump up, shift downwards or both. Mother Nature uses gravity as an ager as well. Some parts of the face gain fat as we age, particularly the lower half, so we tend to get baggy around the chin and jowly in the neck.
So, how can we keep our face looking more supple, youthful, and vibrant? Protecting your face from the sun is the single best way of keeping it youthful. Much of the damage comes from the UVA part of the light spectrum, so we need to put on sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB light. A suntan and a sunburn are both types of sun damage. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea. I enjoy a children's tear-free, sting -free sunscreen with at least a 50 SPF (sun protection factor). I reapply often, especially when exercising and sweating. Even driving in the car, ona cloudy day, we get sun exposure, and we can get sun damage. Slather up, family!
I also use creams, lotions, and coconut oil as my go-tos in skin care. Vitamin C cream, Vitamin E capsules, punctured, and at night, a Retinol cream before bed. Ask your skin health provider for their recommendations. All day long, in between sunscreen, I apply coconut oil. It really seals in the moisture I already have, and adds a sealant to the other moisturizing creams used.
Water, water, water. Do not underestimate the power of hydration. Water moisturizes the skin from the inside out. I get a gallon of water in to my body a day, and I add electrolyte powders. Try this for a month and see what happens in your life! Let me know how your journey goes.
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