Looking back over the years of abuse you put your skin through and its no wonder one day you wake up and realize you don’t recognize the face staring back at you in the mirror. There may be fine lines around your eyes, a slight sagging in your cheeks or perhaps your skin tone is no longer even in color. Youth may be wasted on the young but knowledge and experience has given you the key to living a healthy and happy life so why let your face look old when you are in the prime of your existence?

Anyone who watches Sex and the City knows that being forty or fifty doesn’t mean slowly down and accepting a slow and inevitable decline. Take back your life and know that once the kids have grown and retirement is on the way, this is the time to seize life and live it to the fullest! You’re not ready to slow down so why shouldn’t you look your best at any age?
There are two types of aging that both men and women should be aware of: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is the natural and genetic process of aging that begins in the early to mid 20s. Most of this aging is determined by our genetic roots. Ever hear the expression “if you want to know what a woman will look like in twenty years, look at her mother”?
Extrinsic aging are factors that have been influenced by the environment such as smoking, pollution, sun damage, etc. This area includes anything that we have exposed our skin and bodies to throughout our entire lives! Yes, this includes all those fabulous tans from your twenties.

Fine lines and wrinkles are perhaps the most obvious sign that our skin has lost some of its former elasticity and collagen. The hallmarked “crow’s feet” around the eyes, wrinkle between the brows and laugh lines all reflect hours of joy, sorrow and stress in our lives, but who wants those reminders all over their face? Fight this foe with products specially designed for mature skin and target these problems. There are several high quality moisturizers available that will boost collagen production and restore some of the lost elasticity which will help diminish the appearance of lines on the face.
Uneven skin tone is characterized by the formation of darker areas of skin, brown spots or variations in color predominantly on the face and hands. This can be the result of a variety of factors but the result is the same – discoloration of the skin that can be embarrassing and unsightly. There are many simple home remedies including serums, masques and creams that will help even out the skin when used correctly.
Dry or rough skin is a common problem for many people (young and old) but fortunately has a simple remedy. As we age our ability to shed dead skins cells decreases dramatically. Over time the dead cells on the surface of our skin build up and make the skin appear dry, rough and flaky in appearance. Removal of those skin cells will help to alleviate this problem and reveal younger and smoother skin in a short amount of time. A good exfoliant will clear up this problem but remember the skin only needs to be exfoliated occasionally (once or twice a week) – overexfoliation can lead to irritation and cause more problems in the future.

Take care of your skin by either taking preventative action in your twenties or restorative action when you realize you no longer look like you did when you were twenty. Try to add one or two new items into your daily skin routine, mix and match products until you find a combination that leaves your face feeling smoother, younger and a better reflection of the person inside. Now is the time to put your best face forward!

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