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Look Young Across The Ages

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Many of us have a certain level of fixation on skincare as it offers the promise of being able to care for our skin in such a way that can end up seeming comparatively ageless. We might not be able to entirely escape the effects of time, but we can ensure that our skin looks as young as possible. That’s why there are so many anti-aging products. There are a lot of things we can actually do to help keep our skin looking its best even if we can’t avoid aging fully. We have control over a lot of the factors governing that. Many of us simply aren’t aware of that fact. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at the various ways people can look younger throughout their lives. Not all of these are something we can control, but many of them are and with enough dedication can be moved towards supporting us rather than being a problem.

Genetics
This is one of those factors that we simply can’t control. It is out of our hands by the time we’re born and there’s no real way to correct things we don’t like it our genetics yet. Some people simply end up aging more gracefully than others. You’ll generally have an idea of whether you’ll be fortunate based on your immediate genetic relatives. They tend to offer a decent glimpse into how time will treat you long before you ever get there. Additionally, those of us who look younger on average tend to end up benefiting from a similar kind of timelessness throughout life as long as we don’t do anything to damage our skin extensively. Genetics may be largely out of our control, but they can provide us with clear signs of where we’ll need to focus our care over time. Knowing what needs particular attention can better prepare us for giving the right care to maintain a comparatively ageless look at the years pass.

Sun Protection
Whether or not we protect our skin from the sun tends to be a tremendous factor when it comes to determining how gracefully we’ll age. That’s because of the insidious nature of sun damage. Most of the time you won’t even see it unless it has become severe enough to become sunburn. The damage happens at an invisible level within your cells where damage is done to the DNA as well as to helpful structural proteins that keep your skin firm and prevent it from sagging. That’s why ensuring you protect your skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin’s overall health and appearance. Make sure that you use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that offers broad spectrum protection each day. This will ensure your skin gets the basic level of protection necessary for keeping your skin healthy while giving you room to go up in protection as you age. Additionally, consider looking for a mineral sunscreen to give your skin an extra boost.

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Nourish Your Skin
Human skin gradually loses its ability to care for itself as we age. This is due to an increased difficulty in maintaining enough of a supply of two key structural proteins for the skin: collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps your skin firm while elastin, true to its name, is what keeps your skin elastic enough to snap back into place after being pushed or pulled. The one way to offset this is to ensure that our skin is getting enough of the proper nutrients to create more of these proteins so that the natural healing process isn’t too hampered by lower levels of these materials. That means using anti-aging products rich in vitamin A, C, and E while eating an overall healthier diet and exercising. The former option has a very obvious and direct effect while the latter needs a short explanation. Eating right gives your body the right nutrients while the exercise ensures better blood flow throughout the body that in turn ensures equitable distribution of the nutrients as well as a slight boost to collagen production simply from the increased blood flow. Nourishing your skin will keep it healthy for years.

There’s no surefire way to look as if time cannot touch you, but taking the right steps to reduce its effect will keep all of us look that much better as we age. The necessary steps aren’t that hard either. Protecting your skin from the sun while nourishing it with the right products will do wonders. We can’t all have good genetics, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on looking our best as we age. A little effort goes a long way towards defying the passage of time for at least a little while.

A Key Player In The Fight Against Aging

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Controlling the signs of aging is something that a lot of us attempt. After all, it feels like time robs us of who we used to see in the mirror if we’re not careful. Taking good care of one’s skin won’t stop the process, but aging gracefully can mean we end up seeing echoes of ourselves for years to come. The trick is learning how to properly care for one’s skin. There are plenty of great products out there with helpful ingredients that provide our skin with tools to do just that. Some of these ingredients stand apart from the others though thanks to their overall utility and the versatile nature of their help. Vitamin C is one of these ingredients. As one of the big three skin supporting vitamins, it is capable of helping your skin in a large number of ways so that it stays healthy and happy for years to come. We’re going to take a close look at vitamin C so that we can all appreciate what all it does for our skin instead of just knowing it helps.

Antioxidant Support
One major way in which vitamin C offers support is that it is a potent antioxidant. This means that it helps your skin in a very specific way. Sun exposure and other factors, such as smoking, can introduce molecules or particles into your body known as free radicals. These free radicals are highly reactive and prone to combining with anything they come into contact with unless the compound is particularly chemically stable. This leads to a situation where free radicals keep interacting with elements in your body, reacting, forming new free radicals, and continuing the process throughout your body. The damage this causes is small enough for your body to repair, but it has to do these repairs constantly. In the end, this actually makes it harder for your body to heal itself and stay in a good shape. Applying antioxidant-rich products containing vitamin C to your skin helps neutralize free radicals in your skin so that it can heal more effectively.

Healing Materials
An important point to note is that vitamin C is actually crucial to your skin’s healing process. Your body needs vitamin C to break down into components to fuel the entire process. Without vitamin C, your body ends up not having the materials it needs to make things like collagen to repair damage. This is relevant when it comes to anti-aging skincare as a gradual loss of collagen is what makes wrinkles form. You actually damage the collagen in your skin when the skin gets folded. Our skin folds are various places around our bodies constantly with our eyes, face, hands, and feet being particularly prone to issues. The damage caused by this has to be repaired routinely and without the right materials, the fine lines and later wrinkles will begin to settle in. That’s why vitamin C is so good for helping fight the signs of aging. It gives a boost to collagen production that allows your skin to do the repairs that it needs to while adding back to the supply of available materials.

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Complexion Smoothing
This last benefit is one that many people never hear about but can be a wonderful thing for many people. Vitamin C has a degree of anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to help reduce how much your skin reactions to various things. It has been shown to be particularly useful for helping minimize flare ups of conditions like rosacea, but can help with other issues as well. Anti-inflammatory properties are particularly useful as we age and our skin becomes less resilient. This lack of resilience can lead to fairly consistent inflammation that in turn makes our skin age faster. Managing the problem with vitamin C will help reduce how often your skin reacts to products as well as giving your skin that edge it needs to help recover from any irritation that it does experience. This ability to help smooth out the complexion and manage irritation helps minimize the redness associated with sensitive, aging skin and helps keep your complexion even.

There’s a lot of good to be found in vitamin C. The potential benefits help achieve many anti-aging goals while being highly skin friendly. It doesn’t even matter what form of product you’re using on your skin as long as your skin gets time to absorb the product. This is worth keeping in mind the next time you’re looking for a good anti-aging product. If the product doesn’t have vitamin C, it isn’t doing all it can for you.

Does Topical Botox Exist?

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Botox is a treatment that is now synonymous with a cosmetic procedure. The quick and effective treatment is capable of providing you relief from forehead wrinkles for up to six months. It achieves this by acting on the muscles and preventing their movement so that you can’t keep forming those wrinkles that often prove to be so bothersome. There is a small problem though: the needles. Many people out there don’t enjoy the prospect of an injection even if it is relatively quick. This leads to the pursuit of a topical botox option that can provide all the benefits without a needle ever entering the picture. Some people have taken to waiting on this product and wondering why it isn’t here yet. This is worth taking a closer look as it is one of those instances where our hopes may have gotten ahead of our science. It turns out that topical botox does exist in some fashion, but it isn’t necessarily safe just yet.

Skipping the Needles
There have been a number of companies working towards achieving a cosmetic botox product for some time. After all, it would be a boon to any company thanks to its ability to bypass some of the common problems associated with botox. A topical option couldn’t penetrate far into the muscles and as a result, it could be used in more places than standard botox. The shortened length of effect would be more than made up for with this added flexibility. One company even got relatively close to having a market-ready product within recent years. The variant on botox actually entered into human clinical trials. It passed through multiple phases of testing before stalling out in the final one. The end result is that the FDA has not yet approved of any true topical botox products. They have not yet met the safety and quality standards necessary to be available outside of a laboratory environment. This is unfortunate but it brings us to another topic worth covering.

Knock Offs
The promise of a topical botox has led many people to get ahead of themselves. Various companies have made a move towards trying to provide such an effect. Furthermore, some less than scrupulous people have tried to make their own and market it quietly. None of this is necessarily good news for our skin. Companies offering products with similar effects are worth looking into as they will likely help your skin, but you can typically expect relatively short-lasting effects. Nothing can yet replace the actual effect of botox effectively. This is worth remembering if you want a truly effective treatment. Anyone trying to market these products on the sly away from a major company could be running a risk with your health. Untested treatments can end up hurting your skin and given that botox is a controlled use of a toxin, it makes far more sense to wait until there is an approved form available in the market.

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The Options Available
What we really want out of topical botox is simply a way to get the facelift look quickly, effectively, and painlessly. That’s a rather long list of demands for just one product. A lot of products try to meet that marker though. Unfortunately, as highlighted above, few things can actually provide the same results as botox. That would require them emulating the effect of the toxin on the muscles and that is harder to do than you might think. There are plenty of options available for temporarily tightening and firming the skin though. All of the products that offer this give you a short-term way to address an issue and counteract it slightly so that you feel better about your appearance. Actual long-lasting effects require dedication to skincare and even admitting that you do have to use some form of botox treatment. As frustrating as it might be that you still have to have injections for the treatment, there is no denying that it is highly effective and may be what many of us end up looking for at some point in our lives.

Topical botox may be everyone’s favorite “what if” talking point when treatment options come up, but it isn’t yet a reality for most of us. All treatments and products need to be officially approved for both their safety and effectiveness. The lack of a topical botox product is specifically due to the options thus far not making it past that barrier. People will keep innovating though. Eventually, we may very well see a topical botox option, but it certainly isn’t there yet.

Total Body Anti-Aging Solutions

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The signs of aging are varied and difficult to keep under control unless you know what you’re looking for and what to do. Most of the time we tend to be fairly focused on the face when it comes to preventing the signs of aging. It makes perfect sense given how prominent of a place our faces have, but there are other areas of the body that can be equally revealing if we’re not careful. Proper anti-aging skincare involves being aware of your entire body. It isn’t that hard to pick out what area is going to need the most attention on your body if you know what increases their chances of being a problem later. We’re going to review the most common problem areas and quick way to help counteract the effects of time. There is no fully stopping the signs of aging, but appropriate attention and awareness can ensure you age gracefully.

The Face
While this is the most obvious area for attention, we can’t skip it without ignoring part of the body. Most of us are well-acquainted with many issues that beset the face as we age. Wrinkles, dull skin, oiliness, and sagginess are all major issues that we hope to avoid for as long as possible. Some of the core problems come from damage done to the skin over time through sun exposure. As a result, you want to counteract it by nourishing your skin with products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These will support your skin’s overall healing processes as well as providing the materials necessary to fuel it. Anti-aging products rich in antioxidants are particularly encouraged as they help to minimize the long term damage of sun exposure. Remember to pay special attention to protecting the area around your eyes due to the over thinness of the skin meaning that area will begin to wrinkle first.

Neck
The problem with the attention we place on the face is the fact that it tends to need to the neglect of the neck and the decolletage. This area tends to suffer just as much, if not more, from overall exposure to the sun and elements as the face. Care for the area isn’t even that hard. All you really need to do is continue your facial skincare routine down along your neck. This is needed because the skin of the neck is as thin or thinner than the skin of the face in some areas. Without the attention and care, your neck will begin to sag and show lines faster than your face. This betrayal of your apparent age will undermine the rest of your efforts. Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliate the decolletage regularly. This area can benefit from nourishing skincare too, but basic skincare can be enough if you make sure to tend to it regularly.

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Hands
We almost never actually think about the health of our hands unless they are feeling uncomfortable. It is another unfortunate truth about skincare because the hands truly need care and attention to stay healthy. They are almost never covered, we don’t think to apply sunscreen to them, and constant motion means the skin is continually stretched and folded as we go about our daily routines. All of this is a recipe for a long term lack of health for the skin. The best way to counteract this is to remember to regularly moisturize your hands. Keep a hand cream available to use when the skin of your hands feels taut instead of ignoring the feeling. Try to find moisturizers that nourish your hands as well. This will help give them an extra boost. Lastly, don’t forget to treat them like the rest of your skin. Apply sunscreen to them front and back.

These three areas represent the parts of our skin that tend to suffer the most as we age. Exposure, movement, and a lack of attention to detail can lead us into a situation where our skin ends up prematurely aging. Remembering that and taking steps to counteract it with a good card will go a long way towards ensuring you’re able to look your best for years to come.

The Lowdown on Collagen

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.

What Is It?
Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.

Habits To Avoid
Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.

Supporting Your Skin
The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.

Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.

Methylene Blue Q & A

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The constant search for the next major ingredient in skincare leads people to search through countless plants and chemical compounds in the hopes of finding something that can help a particular goal. Most of the time this tends to lead to a lot of “miracle” compounds turning up each year. Different people champion these ingredients depending on their exact origin. The most common compounds to surface tend to be plant-based products that are given often excessive claims from people dedicated to “natural” skincare that forget that the chemicals used in skincare were often already derived from plants. Sometimes things are different though and a chemical compound becomes the new ingredient to beat in skincare. Currently, that is methylene blue. This chemical compound is well known to doctors and may have a future in skincare if one study is to be believed. With that in mind, it seems fitting to take a detailed look at methylene blue and see what we actually know about the compound when we separate it from the current hype.

What Is It?
Methylene blue is a comparatively inoffensive chemical that has been used by doctors for various conditions over the years. Currently, it is primarily used in the treatment of the condition methemoglobinemia. This condition is caused by issues with red blood cells being able to provide enough oxygen to tissues throughout the body. It can have a pronounced effect on the body up to an including changes in skin coloration. Methylene blue helps counteract this problem via injection. The compound has also seen use in helping to treat conditions such as urinary tract infections and cyanide poisoning over the course of its use. Despite being formulated in 1876, the compound has shown no signs of ceasing to be of use to humanity and with the potential applications in skincare it may gain an all new purpose as well.

How Is It Used In Skincare?
It isn’t at the moment. The current popularity of the compound is based on a single study that investigated the potential applications of methylene blue in skincare. They tested the compound of the 3D constructed model of human skin created from cultured cells sample from various people. This model is generally considered highly accurate and a good first step towards actual human trials. The researchers noted that methylene blue is a potent antioxidant and tested simulated topical application of the compound on the skin. The treated models immediately began to show distinct improvements. Many of the cells began to look and act as if they were younger than they actually were. This provides a promising lead on potential applications for methylene blue in the future, but the information is also so new that few, if any, companies are likely to have included in products yet. However, in the future, the compound may be an important component in anti-aging products.

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How Promising Is It?
We did observe that this offers a promising lead on potential future treatments, but it serves us all to have a realistic view of what this means. A single study is not enough to reasonably shift the approach of an industry. The study was peer reviewed and, as a result, the results have been replicated some already. Further replication will likely be required before the compound’s potential is fully accepted. Additionally, it needs to go to genuine human trials before we know the overall effects remain accurate. That and that alone will begin to make products using the compound begin to show up reliably. That too will only happen once the industry has had time to test the effectiveness of various mixtures of the compound in different products to figure out how best to make use of methylene blue’s potential. We are quite some time away from seeing the compound in regular use and its promise could be derailed at any point along the way.

Like all compounds with promise, we must look at methylene blue with a careful eye. It is always easy to see promise in something, but it is far harder for that promise to survive the necessary testing and rigorous examinations to prove it is a worthwhile investment. It may take time, but we could genuinely see methylene blue products in the future. The compound is perfectly safe when used properly and its addition to skincare would surely improve the industry if its promise survives. All we can do now is wait.

Your Moisturizer Is Not A Night Cream

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Knowing how to properly utilize your products is one of the keys to good skincare. This is one parts of skincare that ends up being a learning process that lasts our whole lives. After all, people are coming out with new versions of old products and all new products so often that we need to teach ourselves to use them properly. This learning process isn’t exclusive to newer things though. Not everyone starts out with an expansive routine or an idea of how to use every product. None of us do. This leads to situations where we can mistake one product for another or have particular misconceptions about a product. Moisturizers and night creams in particular tend to suffer from this problem. The name night cream tends to lead people not in the know to assume it is a form of specialized moisturizer used before bed. Night creams are a good deal more complicated than that and a simple moisturizer can’t replace a good night cream.

Nourishing Support
As a product class, night creams tend to be focused intensely on support for the skin. There are three major ways that they do this, but one of the most prominent is that they tend to include various nutrients that help to support skin health. This tends to mean they’re full of things like vitamins C and E. They settle into your face over time and take full advantage of the fact that night creams take a long time to fully evaporate to ensure your skin makes the most of these ingredients. The focus is on giving your skin that extra boost that can help it produce more collagen and elastin. These two proteins are integral to the structure of your skin and its ability to snap back into place when moved in any way. Without them, your skin becomes looser and contributes to the overall appearance of age. Nourishing your skin isn’t the only way that night creams fight the signs of aging though.

Anti-Aging Specialty
Vitamin A tends to figure heavily into night creams as well, but you wouldn’t know it without knowing a particular skincare secret. The most frequent form vitamin A takes in skincare is retinol. This variation on the vitamin is familiar to anyone interested in anti-aging products. You’ve likely seen it or another retinoid, a further variation on retinol, in many of the products you’re used to using. They work incredibly well in night creams though. An overnight product like a night cream gives the compound a long time to work properly. It helps to speed up the natural cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby helps to smooth things out and help to further stimulate skin repairs alongside other vitamins. The cost of this is that it makes the skin sensitive for a little while after using it. As a result, it is an ideal ingredient in a night cream as your skin will get all the benefits and recover by morning.

Beneficial Hydration
Night creams are actually moisturizing as well. This serves a dual purpose. The moisturizing aspect helps to make up for the potential dryness that retinol can end up causing. Additionally, it provides the general benefits of a moisturizer. Your skin will be more hydrated and as a result look fuller and healthier than it would otherwise. This will also contribute to it being better defended from damage than it otherwise would be under any other circumstance. It is important to note here that all the other benefits are what separate a night cream from a simple moisturizer. Night creams are still facial creams though and that necessarily includes the expected moisturizing effect. In the end, you will likely get a stronger moisturizing effect from a pure moisturizer, but the lack of other benefits will mean you’ll be doing far less for your face than if you actually used a night cream.

There a pronounced differences between moisturizers and night creams despite the latter having a moisturizing effect. Night creams help to support the skin in several ways that all contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin rather than a single way. As a result, you shouldn’t mistake one for the other. Many of us can get away with a simple moisturizer at night when we’re younger, but as we hit out 30s and beyond we’ll want to consider a night cream for that extra boost towards beautiful skin.

Anti-Aging Tips Inspired by Martha Stewart

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Domestic goddess Martha Stewart is 75 years old, but looks decades younger than her age. From green juices to a diet high in fish, here are some anti-aging tips inspired by Martha Stewart herself.

A Diet High in Fish
The Mediterranean diet, which is high in fish, has long since been thought to be the healthiest diet, and this is one that Stewart follows to quite an extent. Instead of eating large amounts of meat, Stewart obtains the majority of her protein from seafood, which is a practice that is said to be able to help with everything from weight loss to heart disease to brain health. Oily fish in particular are also high in omega fatty acids, which are especially beneficial for the skin.

A Green Juice Every Morning
While Martha Stewart’s schedule may usually be busy and hectic, she always makes time for a green juice every single morning. A green juice is one that contains green vegetables, usually of the leafy variety, and is filled with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins, often containing all of your daily requirements in a single serving. While you can make a green juice from just about any vegetable, one of Martha Stewart’s favorite recipes consists of a green pear, two celery stalks, two cucumbers, a bunch of parsley, a piece of ginger, and two orange sections with the rind left on. This is then all put through a juice extractor before being drunk immediately, as the sooner you drink it after juicing, the more nutrients your body will be able to obtain from it.

No More White Flour
Martha Stewart is an expert when it comes to baking, so this is a tip that is well worth listening to. Lately, Stewart has been experimenting with swapping out the white flour in recipes for healthier, more nutritious alternatives, as refined carbohydrates is extremely aging. Whether you opt for almond flour, for its protein and healthy fats, chickpea flour for its selenium and B vitamins, or brown rice flour for its iron and manganese, give these other flours a try the next time you are baking.

Organic Vegetables
Many believe that organic vegetables are just a fad, but there is no denying the amount of chemicals that the non-organic varieties can contain. In order to keep her ingredients as fresh and local as possible, Stewart grows the majority of the vegetables that she eats, including the ones she uses in her daily green juice, making use of her garden in the summer and a greenhouse in the winter. While this may not be practical for you, it is most definitely possible to make the most of fresh, organic ingredients as much as you can. If the organic section of your local supermarket is grossly overpriced, head to your local farmer’s market instead, as you will find plenty of healthy, seasonal produce sold here.

As you can see from these Martha Stewart-inspired tips, some of the best ways to fight against aging are from within. From feeding yourself with fresh, organic produce to cutting out refined carbohydrates, just a few simple changes to your diet may be all you need to keep yourself looking young and healthy.

Not Ready For Botox? No Problem!

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Botox is, for many, one of those beauty inventions that is almost beyond reproach. It lets us tame stubborn wrinkles that seem unable to be stopped all while ensuring lasting progress is made. Admittedly, the treatment has garnered a particular reputation for needing to be done correctly to ensure a natural look. There’s also the small matter that improperly administering it can also lead to paralysis issues in the face and jaw. This sort of baggage is why not everyone is always keen on reaching straight towards Botox treatments when they have stubborn wrinkles. The good news is that you have plenty of options even if you’re not ready to try Botox injections or similar treatments. We’ve put a few together in a short list as well as explanations of how they can provide you with similar results. This should help you make an informed decision about your cosmetic goals.

Retinol, Retinoids, And Your Face
There are few words are common in skincare these days as retinol. The compound is a particular form of vitamin A with its relatives, the retinoids, in turn being derivatives of it. All of them are useful when it comes to skincare for a number of reasons. One of the most important things they can do is actually encourage the overall cell turnover rate where they’re applied. This is important as maintaining a good cell turnover rate actually helps to overall minimize how readily wrinkles appear by denying them extra aid in formation. Some studies also imply that retinol can actually support the production of collagen in the skin as well. This structural protein is the entire reason why your skin is comparatively firm in youth. Gradual collagen depletion across life tends to be what causes wrinkles to form over time as habitual damage becomes permanent where skins folds regularly. This makes regularly using retinol and similar compounds incredibly useful when it comes to smoothing and minimizing all forms of wrinkles.

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Exfoliation Expertise
Many of the best options you have as an option other than Botox involve making a commitment to using specific products. Retinol, as we discussed before, is one of these, but another is ensuring that you’re remembering to exfoliate with a good chemical exfoliation compound. The biggest names in this category are the hydroxy acids. You’re more commonly going to run into the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and citric acid than you are their older relative salicylic acid, one of the only beta hydroxy acids the skincare industry uses. These acids are all approved for use on the skin in specific concentrations. They help by dissolving dirt, grime, and layers of built up dead skin cells that can deepen wrinkles. Regularly exfoliating with these products goes a long way towards helping keep wrinkles to a minimum while applying them by lightly massaging the skin can cause blood flow that in turn supports collagen production. Notably, over-the-counter products take time to have a clear effect, but a supervised chemical peel can get you faster results in exchange for needing more aftercare.

A More Permanent Fix
Interestingly enough, there are a number of comparatively minor surgical alternatives to Botox that can permanently achieve many of the same results. Some of them focus on breaking up underlying issues by breaking accidental attachments between the surface skin and other structures deeper in the skin while others literally cut away the problem. The latter is perhaps the closest to the actual effects of Botox. These procedures work by removing the connection between muscles in the forehead of some of the muscles themselves to prevent the wrinkling from constant movement and bunching of the skin. The result is the same in that it allows the skin to repair the area over time and smooth out the lines to the point that they can potentially vanish. It is worth noting that as these are surgical alternatives that there is a risk of there being a minor scar involved, but much of the time the incisions involved are so small that proper care will make them practically invisible with time.

Most of us are so used to Botox being a standard beauty procedure that we don’t pause to consider alternatives. Good care goes a long way towards helping minimize wrinkles all over the face, but sometimes you need to go that extra step and have a procedure done. Your best course of action is almost always to talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic professional about your desires. They will be able to point you towards potential treatments that meet your criteria even if one of them is “Not Botox”.

How to Treat Blemishes After Age 50

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Skin conditions are something that follow us our entirely lives. Yes, our teenage years are frequently when they are at their worst thanks to acne, but there’s no escaping other issues over the course of our lives. Acne remains a regular problem for some of us while other factors can lead to yet other forms of blemishes forming on our skin over time. Trying to manage all these condition is ultimately what takes so much of our skincare time. It doesn’t really slow down as we age either. In many ways, menopause and other events in our later lives cause even more chances of blemishes turning up one way or another. How do we try to prevent and treat these problems? It seems almost futile when we’ll spend so much of our lives trying to keep our skin healthy with it never seeming to pay off while only getting a little harder each year to keep our skin healthy. While it may take a little more effort to keep your skin happy and healthy at 50 and above, you can do it and we’ve got tips on how.

Check Your Products
We need to keep in mind that our skin becomes increasingly sensitive as we age. That makes using a large amount of products ill-advised. Each one becomes a potential problem as our skin decides it will react differently with the passage of time. There are very few universal rules to help guide us in a way that avoids problems. Fortunately, one of them is useful at every age and bears emphasis: look for non-comedogenic products. These products are specially formulated to help ensure that they don’t get caught in your pores or otherwise contribute to further build-up. Check to make sure that all of your products have this label. If they don’t, then try to find products that do. This will help minimize the potential for issues and allow any existing issues to be more easily treated by ceasing to support a skin environment that nurtures blemishes. More direct treatment is sometimes necessary to keep things under control though.

Oil Control Is Your Friend
Skincare is confusing sometimes. Depending on who you are, your skin can end up fluctuating a lot over the course of your life. This becomes a particular problem when we start to approach menopause. Estrogen has a profound impact on skin health and losing a large supply of it contributes a great deal to a sometime sudden shift that can make blemishes particularly pronounced. Many people begin to experience a sudden increase in blemishes as their skin becomes that much more oily. Estrogen actually constricts pores to minimize the amount of your natural oils that can creep through to the surface. Once that begins to taper off, you can expect an accompanying increase in oil and the potential for problems. We recommend looking into gentle astringent products to help minimize the problems associated with this. They will provide light oil control that reduces the ability for blemishes to form while also letting your body and other products directly treat blemishes themselves.

Consider Retinol
We typically associate retinoids with anti-aging products. This makes perfect sense given the primary uses fall neatly into the territory of supporting the skin in such a way that helps to minimize the signs of aging. Many of these same qualities are useful for helping to prevent and minimize blemish formation. Retinol and its relatives are all derivatives of vitamin A that help to turn up the overall cell turnover rate of your skin. This is important as it helps to minimize the impact of anything that gets caught up in the skin as well as clearly away issues quicker. The other beneficial aspect is that they can potentially support the formation of collagen in the skin. Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your skin and necessary to repair damage. This makes it crucial to minimizing the effects of blemishes on the skin. We advise being mindful about using retinol directly on any blemish though as the compound can be a little harsh on the skin when you first start using it.

The big takeaway from all of this is that blemish fighting in your 50s and beyond is mostly about prevention like it is at every age before. You can do a lot to simply minimize your chances with good skincare. Blemishes that turn up should heal themselves fairly quickly providing you’re able to make the effort. Just be mindful of how your skin reacts to care to ensure that you’re minimizing problems. Talk to your doctor if any blemishes are particularly stubborn as they may require specialized treatment.