The aging process is one of the few things that we can do nothing to stop it. It is a natural and inevitable process that happens as a result of the body’s production of collagen and elastin reduces. Also, there are other external and internal factors that contribute to skin damage and aging including genetics, poor blood circulation, smoking, pollution, and exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Although we can’t stop the aging process, there are steps you can do to slow the aging process to a great extent. In this article, we share 4 common skin aging problems and how to fix them.
1. Crow’s Feet: Crow’s-feet, the fine lines that form at the outside corners of your eyes, is one of the first signs of aging. They usually start appearing in a person’s mid-20s and become more prominent with age. As the production of collagen and elastin reduces with age, the soft skin around your eyes tends to develop small lines more rapidly. Another major factor that can cause this problem is spending extended periods of time in the sun.
• Gently massage vitamin E oil around your eyes for a couple of minutes, twice daily. If you don’t have vitamin E oil, you can break open a few vitamin E capsules and use the contents for this purpose.
2. Dry Skin: As you age, your skin doesn’t produce enough natural oils to keep it soft and supple. This causes the top layers to become dry. Also with age, your skin’s cell renewal rate decreases.
• About 30 minutes before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your skin and massage lightly. Take a shower, then apply a light moisturizer.
• Alternatively, rub honey or milk cream all over your body and leave it on for 5 minutes before taking a bath or shower.
3. Spotted Hands: A loss of collagen leads to less volume, making veins stand out more. Brown spots and other signs of sun damage begin to make their debut, too.
• Apply a sunscreen daily on the backs of your hands to prevent further sun damage and keep hands well-hydrated.
4. Turkey Neck: Aging can leave its mark on your neck, too. The skin on the neck is thinner than most other parts of the body and this causes faster loss of elasticity with age. This, in turn, leads to ”turkey neck”– the flabby, loose skin that sort of hangs a bit.
• To prevent turkey neck, pamper the delicate neck skin by applying a good quality moisturizer on a daily basis.
• Also, consider applying a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This will help combat dryness and sun damage.