Anti-Aging Tips – The Key to Young Skin
The aging process is a combination of two processes: biological, which includes our diet, genetics and nutrition, and environmental, which includes sun exposure and skin care. Collagen and elastin production slows 65% between ages 20 to 80, while skin thickness decreases 6% every 10 years. The environment is tough on our skin. We lose moisture, so we need to replenish and heal our skin, and help our bodies produce more collagen.
It is important to take care of your skin, since your face is the first thing that people see. This includes washing your face twice a day. Imagine what your skin comes in contact with during the day! It needs to be protected. So why is it important to wash your face at night? Your pores open up at night and your skin is correcting and healing itself while you sleep. Did you know that a baby renews their skin cells every 20 days!. As we age, this changes and becomes 25 days, then 30 days, then 35 days, and then 40 days etc. So if you go to bed with dirt, grease and grime along with makeup on your face, you are causing your skin to age and giving it a dull complexion with blackheads. When dirt is trapped in your pores, it causes them to enlarge. You age 7 days for every day you do not wash your face at night!!! However, it is important not to ignore your neck. Our neck ages 7 – 10 years faster than our face, so make sure you do not neglect this area.
There are three important steps to help stop the aging process:
1) Wash your face twice a day and keep it moisturized
2) Wear sun screen (the sun causes your skin to age the fastest, followed by mineral oil)
3) Make sure you use high quality skin care products that are pH corrected for your skin. Our skin is slightly acidic (~5.5), and imbalances can cause your skin to be oily or dry, and cause breakouts.
It is also important to stop using ingredients that contain fake hormones and toxins. Products containing petroleum-based ingredients should be avoided since mineral oil, paraffin, and petrolatum coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. They are implicated as a suspected cause of cancer, plus they can disrupt hormonal activity. When you think about black oil pumped from deep underground, ask yourself why you’d want to put that kind of stuff on you skin…
Other ingredients to avoid:
1. Toluene – made from petroleum and coal tar and is found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage.
2. Animal By-Products – Slaughtered animals, euthanized pets and roadkill are dumped into giant grinders at rendering plants. This gruesome mix is ground and steam-cooked, the lighter, fatty material floating to the top gets refined for use in such products as cosmetics, lubricants, soaps, candles and waxes. Who knows where these animals have been and if they were carrying a disease?
3. Benzene – targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain, and causes cancer in both animals and humans.
4. Phthalate – endocrine disrupter
5. Paraben – allergic reactions, breast cancer, estrogen mimicker, sun aging, and DNA damage.
6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate – found in 90% of personal care products! They break down your skin’s moisture barrier, potentially leading to dry skin with premature aging. SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.
7. Propylene glycol – common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils. May cause dermatitis and skin irritation and is linked to kidney and liver problems.
8. Dioxane – Hidden in ingredients such as laureth, polysorbates and very common in personal care products. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978.
9. Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum – Synthetic fragrances are a petroleum based substance. The word fragrance in the list of ingredients can include hundreds of ingredients. Companies are not required by the FDA to list each ingredient that make up the fragrance they have for a given product. Synthetic fragrances can cause allergic reactions, skin and eye irritations, and are a known human immune system toxins.
10. Formaldehyde Releasing Agents – These ingredients are a concern because they slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a known human carcinogen.