Skin After 40

Woman applying eye cream

Once you reach the age of 40, your body will be undergoing some rapid changes, and these all have an effect on your skin. From cutting back on the amount that you cleanse to increasing the amount of antioxidants that you use, these tips will help you to take the best possible care of your skin once you have passed the age of 40.

Skip the Morning Cleanser
Cleansing twice a day is not something that is recommended for certain skin types out there, and the same applies to those with more mature skin. Assuming that you have cleansed your face at night before going to bed, skip the cleanser in the morning, and simply rinse your face instead. Cleansers, even if they are gentle, strip your skin of sebum, and since sebum production will start to decline at this age, using a cleanser too often is something that you now need to avoid.

Woman applying moisturizer

Antioxidants
Investing in quality skin care products at this stage is absolutely vital if you want to preserve your youthful complexion for as long as possible, and this means using products that are rich in antioxidants and will truly nourish your skin. Vitamin E is one of the most popular antioxidants out there, as it protects cell membranes from damage and works beautifully with vitamin C, which is important for treating wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. Retinol is another antioxidant that is extremely effective, as it has been proven to increase the skin’s production of collagen, even after it has begun to decline with age. Retinol also enhances your skin’s natural barrier, which therefore leads to firmer and plumper skin. To protect your collagen even more, look for products containing green tea, and always keep in mind that these antioxidants work even better when they are combined with each other, rather than being used individually.

Stimulate Cell Turnover
Cell turnover is the process at which dead skin cells are shed from the body and new, healthy skin cells are created. However, this process naturally slows down with age, leading to a rough and dull complexion, but, fortunately, there are ways in which you can stimulate cell turnover to avoid these issues. Removing makeup and cleansing before bed is essential, as this allows the pores and skin cells to breathe, while a toner that contains glycolic acid will help to remove any dead skin cells, speeding up the rate at which new ones are created. Exfoliation should also be a key component to your skin care routine, and you should be doing this two or three times a week without fail, but only using exfoliants that are gentle enough so as not to cause any damage.

When it comes to taking care of your skin after the age of 40, there are many different methods and techniques that you can try, but the most important aspect to remember is to continue protecting your skin from the sun. Since the skin thins with age, it is much more susceptible to damage, and unless you are providing it with constant sun protection, you will not be able to stave off the effects of aging for much longer.

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Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

Woman getting an exfoliation treatment

Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

Woman adding bath salts in the water

Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

Woman sleeping

Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

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Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

Photo Aging – Wrinkles, Age Spots, Uneven Pigmentation

Photo-aging refers to the damage caused to skin cells by solar radiation. While the sun’s UVB rays damage the DNA and other parts of the epidermis, the UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing damage to collagen, elastic tissues, immune cells and blood vessels. This damage usually becomes more obvious with age, as the amount of sun damage that the skin has experienced begins to accumulate, resulting in wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

Woman applying sunscreen

Preventing Photo-Aging
The most effective way to prevent photo-aging is by regularly applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from both the UVA as well as the UVB rays. Even on a cloudy and overcast day, 80% of the sun’s rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, making sunscreen a necessity on a daily basis, even if you may think that you don’t need it on certain days. You should also try to stay out of the sun at its strongest hours, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM, although this does vary depending on your location. Finally, there are certain fabrics that you can wear that will offer your skin optimum sun protection, such as tightly woven cotton blends.

Repairing Photo-Aging
No matter what the visible effects of photo-aging on your skin may be, from wrinkles to age spots to uneven pigmentation, the damage can still be repaired to some extent, so it is important to make this a priority in your skin care routine. Antioxidants are vital when it comes to this, as they are able to enhance the way in which skin cells are able to repair the damage. Vitamin A has also been proven to be highly effective at treating photo-aging, because it is able to reduce large wrinkles and age spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. There are also many retinoid products targeted towards tackling uneven pigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used to minimize the signs of photo aging. They work as an exfoliant, increasing cell turnover which allows your body to shed the damaged cells.

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Light-Based Technology
If your symptoms of photo-aging are more severe, then you may want to consider some of the newer treatment methods that have become available. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a specific formula to the skin and giving it time to penetrate before using a light-sensitizing machine to activate the ingredients in the formula, resulting in an increase in collagen production. Intense pulsed light is another light therapy technique that is especially effective when it comes to smoothing out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy can also be used to treat a number of the issues that result from photo-aging, such as reducing age spots and wrinkles, as well as minimizing blood vessels.

The sun’s UV rays account for 90% of premature skin aging, so it is necessary to tackle photo aging as soon as possible. Since photo aging is unavoidable to a large extent, it is important to recognize the damage that the sun does to your skin, even if it may not yet be visible to the eye.

What to Add to Your Winter Diet

Research has shown that the food that you eat in these colder months has a significant impact on the way in which your body, as well as your mind, deals with this harsher weather. To keep you in the healthiest shape possible, OROGOLD has put together a quick guide on what you should be adding to your winter diet.

Clementine

Winter Fruits
There are certain winter fruits, especially of the citrus variety, that bring the body some amazing health benefits. Clementines are packed with vitamins, nutrients and plenty of fiber, all of which help to boost the immune system – something that is needed in the winter. Grapefruit is full of antioxidants, and will also lower cholesterol and curb hunger, while stimulating collagen production for fresh, glowing skin. Pomegranates are another fruit that help to stimulate collagen production, while lemons contain some powerful electrolytes.

Walnuts.

Nuts
Nuts are low in saturated fats and high in vitamins and minerals, as well as the mono-saturated fats that are required for a healthy heart. OROGOLD recommends stocking your pantry with a variety of nuts, from walnuts to pecans to almonds, and incorporating them into as many meals as possible.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal
A warm bowl of oatmeal is a fantastic snack during the winter, as oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that is high in fiber, meaning that it will give you more energy for longer. Winter is also the time of the year when the serotonin levels in our body are quite low, as this feel-good chemical needs sunshine for maximum production. Luckily, certain foods, oatmeal included, are able to boost serotonin production within the body, helping to restore the levels in your brain to what they were at the height of the summer.

Beet salad

Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are able to warm the body, and most of them contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is essential for your immune system during the winter. Beets are packed with nutrients, and also contain tryptophan and betaine, two chemicals that are able to create a sense of happiness within the brain. Sweet potatoes are another root vegetable that have so many different benefits, and since they have a relatively long shelf life, you don’t need to eat them all straight away. Many root vegetables are also able to withstand the cold, meaning that you are likely to be able to find fresh produce throughout the winter.

Broccoli.

Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both packed with vitamin C, which your body needs in large doses throughout the winter t keep your immune system in top shape. These two vegetables are a great defense against those pesky winter sniffles, and even if you can’t find them fresh, OROGOLD advises that you still look for frozen varieties, as these are still extremely nutritious.

With a slight adjustment to your diet, it does not need to be hard to stay healthy this winter. From incorporating a range of winter fruits into your daily diet, to sticking to healthy snacks, such as oatmeal or nuts, these winter foods are guaranteed to get you through even the coldest of months.

Beauty Trend Alert: Face Shaving

Hair removal methods come in many different shapes and forms, from waxing to hair removal creams to tweezing. When it comes to your face, you may believe that shaving is primarily reserved for men, but, as the latest beauty trend goes to show, it can have huge benefits for women as well. OROGOLD takes a look at the latest hair removal beauty trend for women – face shaving.

Woman shaving her face with a razor.

Where Has the Trend Come From?
Face shaving for women has long since been popular in Japan. Known as kao sori, face shaving is a popular treatment that results in a smooth and soft complexion, and it also allows other skin care products to better penetrate the skin. In the West, face shaving is often known as dermaplaning, and is commonly used to treat certain skin conditions, such as mild scarring, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

How Does it Work?
Unlike with most men, who use a shaving foam and shave almost every day, face shaving for women is usually carried out on dry skin. A straight razor is passed over the face in short, sweeping motions, and although a tingling sensation is often felt, the process is painless. After the razor has taken off the short hairs on the face, it then works as an exfoliant, taking off the dead skin cells that build up on the face. The shaving is usually followed up moisturizers and serums, and often a facial massage, and, when done by a professional, the process takes about an hour.

Woman shaving her face

Myths About Face Shaving
Many women believe that if they were to shave their face, they would soon end up with a 5 o’clock shadow, but this is a huge myth. The results usually last two or three weeks, depending on the individual’s skin condition and hair growth. In Japan, it is common for women to undergo face shaving once a month, as part of their regular facial. However, for those of you who already have quite dark facial hair, OROGOLD would not recommend face shaving, as this could cause the hair to grow back darker and thicker.

Can I Try Face Shaving at Home?
The beauty about face shaving is that it is so easy to do it yourself at home. The only tool that you will need is a single blade, straight-edged razor, with a slope towards the razor head for easier maneuvering. Facial and eyebrow razors are widely available, either at your local beauty store or online. To begin with, pull your skin taut and start shaving downwards in short strokes, holding the razor at a 45-degree angle against your skin. Once finished, OROGOLD reminds you to make sure that you apply a layer of moisturizer.

Although face shaving for women may seem like a strange concept, it has so many skin benefits, from exfoliating the skin to boosting collagen production to giving your face a healthy glow. Plus, if you have ever wondered why aging men don’t seem to suffer from the same onslaught of wrinkles as women do, you now know that it could be down to the fact that they have been unknowingly exfoliating their faces on a regular basis for the majority of their lives!

What Happens to Skin As You Age? OROGOLD Reviews

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and as the main shield between you and the environment, it encounters huge amounts of abuse. To help you better understand the phases that your skin goes through, OROGOLD looks at what happens to your skin as you age.

Woman in her thirties at home.

Your Thirties
Aging concerns usually begin at around 30 years of age, as during teenage years, as well as in your twenties, lines would have not yet started to form. By the time you reach your thirties, collagen, which gives skin its strength, and elastin, which gives skin its flexibility, begin to get weaker, leading to the start of wrinkles and ‘expression lines’. You may also begin to lose some skin tone in your thirties, as the elastic that supports your lymph nodes starts to weaken, causing puffiness around the eyes and a duller complexion. OROGOLD recommends upgrading to a more hydrating moisturizer once you reach this stage in life, as the products you used in your twenties are likely to not be rich enough to meet your skin’s new needs.

Woman in her forties sitting on a sofa.

Your Forties
Lymphatic drainage is the way in which the body gets rid of toxins, and once you reach your forties, this begins to drastically slow down. The body also starts to produce less sebum, which is the skin’s protective outer coating that protects it from the environment, meaning that you will now be more vulnerable to external factors such as pollution or a smoky environment. By the time you reach your mid-forties, certain hormones, such as estrogen, stop being produced, meaning that the skin around your neck and chest may start to sag and wrinkle more. In addition to this, more fat deposits, also known as cellulite, are deposited around your hips and thighs, bringing about the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. OROGOLD recommends massaging your face each day when applying moisturizer, to increase circulation. You can also have a look at some of the firming facial treatments available, which help to replace the lost sebum.

Woman in her fifties sitting in a beach.

Your Fifties
Your fifties are when age spots, patches of pigmentation, begin to appear on your skin, as your cells produce this pigment in the absence of sun. It is also possible that your pores increase in size, as your skin becomes much looser and each pore opening seems more pronounced. Wrinkles are usually apparent by this stage, as your collagen and elastin are too weak to support the skin cells. OROGOLD suggests using a Vitamin A product that is retinol based, as this will help to firm the skin, and, when used regularly, will help to speed up the production of collagen, as well as the production of new skin cells.

As you age, your skin becomes drier, and moisture becomes more important than ever. Although the rate at which you age is partially dependent on genetics, your lifestyle choices also play a huge role, and there are plenty of great serums, moisturizers and nourishing masks that you can purchase to help keep your skin as youthful, healthy and hydrated as possible.

The Truth About Pores – OROGOLD Reviews

When most of us think about pores, we think of those little holes in our face that can often become quite a nuisance. However, pores have an important purpose, and understanding more about this will enable you to improve your skincare routine, as well as see right through the many common pore myths that are out there.

Skin care concept to show common skin issues a woman suffers from.

What are pores?
Sebum is what our skin’s natural oil is called, and each pore, in addition to housing a hair follicle, acts as a gateway for sebum, as well as dead skin cells, to reach the surface of our skin. When it comes to the size of our pores, this is mostly determined by genetics, as well as by the size of the hair follicle and oil gland that each pore contains. People with fair skin usually have less visible pores, whilst those with darker, or oily, skin, have pores that are more prominent.

Can I shrink my pores?
Since pore size is determined by genetics, it is not possible to shrink your pores, although it is possible to minimize their appearance. Dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and a build up of sebum, can all contribute to the darkening of your pores, which, in turn, makes them much more visible. A regular cleansing ritual, including using a good exfoliator, will help to keep the appearance of your pores under control.

Can pores open and close?
Since pores do not have muscles around their openings, it is not possible for them to open and close. Despite what many people believe, cold rinsing and steam facials do not open and close your pores, but can help them to look smaller. By steaming your skin, you are loosening up any underlying debris that gets caused when sebum builds up. Once the sebum is cleared out, your pores will appear to be smaller, even though their size hasn’t actually changed.

Closeup of the face of a woman who has large pores and oily skin.

Do pores look bigger with age?
Unfortunately, pores do end up looking bigger with age, and the reason for this is because as you get older, your skin loses collagen and is not able to stay as tight as it used to. When this happens, your pores begin to slacken and stretch, making them seem bigger. The best way to ensure that your skin retains as much collagen as possible is to always make sure that you are using a quality sunscreen, as exposure to UV rays quickens the rate at which your skin loses collagen.

Is it possible to over-cleanse?
Over-cleaning is a problem that many people have when trying to reduce the appearance of their pores. Washing your face too frequently will inflame your skin and make your pores more prominent, and you will also be washing away all of the natural oils that your skin needs to properly function. Ideally, you should be cleaning your face twice a day, as well as after any intense workouts or when your face is especially sweaty or dirty.

Although the idea of never being able to shrink pores, especially as they stretch with age, may be upsetting to some, there are plenty of products available to help you keep your pores as hidden as possible. ORO GOLD believes that exfoliators and deep peels will help to clean out any built up sebum, and a mattifying balm, applied throughout the day, can also work wonders, as oily pores usually seem larger. Don’t forget that picking or squeezing at pimples can also cause your pores to lose their shape, so it is best to use an oil-reducing cleanser instead.

How to Prevent Sleep Wrinkles – OROGOLD Reviews

Although wrinkles are one of those natural side-effects that come with age, we are all determined to put them off for as long as possible, investing in an array of anti-wrinkle creams and other cosmetic products. Although you may think that a good night of sleep will help to erase away any lines that developed during the day, this is not exactly true. After the sun has penetrated into your skin, lying with your face on a pillow in the same position night after night only results in those same lines being ironed into your face, giving you deep wrinkles at a much earlier age. OROGOLD Cosmetics shows you how to prevent sleep wrinkles.

Woman sleeping on a pillow.

Sleeping Position
The best way to avoid sleep wrinkles is by adjusting your sleeping position, sleeping on your back instead of your side. If you have already tried this, and find yourself back on your side in the mornings, try placing a pillow under your knees, and a U-shaped pillow around your head, to stop you from rolling over. If you are still finding it unavoidable to sleep on your side, position yourself so that the lower half of your face is not touching the pillow. This will help to stop the marionette lines, the ones that run from your nostrils to the corners of your mouth, from forming.

Woman holding a pillow in her hand.

Change Your Pillow or Pillowcase
There are certain types of pillows available for those who prefer to sleep on their side, decreasing any physical stress that is placed onto your face. It may be worth investing in a specialty pillow that will support your neck and keep your face off the pillow at the same time. You could also try using a pillowcase that is made from satin or silk, as the slippery surface helps to reduce the friction between your face and the pillow, minimizing any bunching of fabric that would have caused deep creases on your face. Pillowcases that have copper-infused fibers are also available, and these claim to help stimulate collagen, resulting in younger looking skin.

Woman applying moisturizer on her face.

Sleep with Clean Skin
It is important to make sure that every night before bed, you thoroughly wash your face, cleaning away perspiration, makeup and oil that has built up throughout the day. If you don’t, your pores will start to get clogged up, not only resulting in breakouts but also preventing any fresh new cells from coming to the surface. A night cream that moisturizes your face can also help to enhance your skin and repair any damage. As we age, the production of collagen in our skin slows down, reducing the elasticity, which is why, as we get older, any sleep wrinkles do not fully fade away the next day. Mature skin is also drier as it contains less oil, making any wrinkles more visible, but a good night cream can help to combat this to some extent.

For women who sleep on their side, the most noticeable lines will appear around their mouth, cheeks and chin, whilst for men, these usually appear on the forehead. OROGOLD believes that preventing sleep wrinkles is a simple step that all can take to ensure that the skin keeps its clear, youthful glow for as long as possible.