Skin After 40

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.