As you go through life, your body, your skin, your hair, and your face all change. While it’s good to embrace all of these changes and to love the skin, you’re in, that is easier said than done. If there are parts of your body that you aren’t comfortable with or used to as you get older, then there are plenty of things you can do to help you to feel better or even slightly fight the aging process and help to restore your youthful glow.
Life events such as giving birth, taking certain medications, and stress all can cause temporary hair loss, but hormonal shifts that happen around menopause may lead to permanent thinning. As you age, the levels of estrogen you produce begin to decline, and while Estrogen does several things to promote thick hair, the loss contributes to thinner hair in several ways. Estrogen plays an essential role in the overall appearance of hair so it is easy to see why an imbalance could cause hair to begin to look thinner over time. There is very little that can be done to increase the natural production of estrogen once menopause has started. However, there are products such as Esuchen Hair Care products which add body and shine or Rogaine, which is available over the counter. You could also ask the doctor for blood tests to rule out lupus, thyroid disease, or anemia. Hair loss is often a sign that something else is wrong, so take it seriously
Many women feel paranoid about their necks and what is often called the dreaded "turkey neck." It’s one of the hardest to fix, as it's an area we exercise the least. Caused by weak muscles, loose skin and fat, turkey neck is not the easiest of areas to treat, however, it is possible. Try stretching your neck on a day-to-day basis can train the skin to be taut rather than loose. Try to sit up straight when on a computer or laptop, holding your head up high. Sleeping can help tighten it too if you try to sleep with your neck long – ditch two pillows and stick with one to reduce the angle between the face and the neck.
Pamper delicate neck skin with a moisturizer that contains peptides for collagen production. To draw attention away from your neck, look for tops with ruffles or prints or wear a long necklace.
As you age the loss of tissue and fat makes breasts lose their fullness. Gravity, breastfeeding, lack of proper support, and lower levels of estrogen also contribute to your breasts losing the “lift” they used to have. Make sure you’re wearing the right size bra and ask in the shops for a professional fitting.
You can also try exercising to make your breasts appear perkier. Focus on chest exercises to tone your pectoral muscles and lift your breasts; perform push-ups every day to work your chest area, and lie on your back on a workout bench and use weights to perform chest flies and further work your pectoral muscles.
A loss of collagen can lead to less volume which makes veins stand out more. Brown spots and other signs of sun damage can also be signs of aging. Make sure you apply sunscreen daily on the backs of your hands to prevent any further sun damage and keep hands well-hydrated. Pale nail polish also looks more modern and takes the focus off your hands.
All those beautiful shoes, high heels, and often cheap shoes that didn’t fit could likely have lead to painful bunions, cracked heels, and calluses. Make sure you look after your feet by moisturizing cracked heels at bedtime. Put on some moisturizer and moisturizing socks overnight and wake up to soft, smooth feet in the morning. Even better, try using Vicks vapor rub on your feet, sounds odd but honestly not only not only will it help you sleep better but it will also make your feet incredibly smooth. Also, shop for comfortable shoes!
Eyebrows and Eyelashes
Eyebrows and lashes have never been so in demand, but as you age, a change in hormones can make eyebrows and lashes sparse. Years of over-tweezing damage the eyebrow follicles, making it harder for hairs to grow back. However, if you use a small angled brush to fill in with soft strokes of pressed eyeshadow in a shade that matches your hair color, it can make all the difference. False lashes are another option and so readily available now. There are also more permanent solutions such as semi-permanent lashes which last a whole month or micro blading your eyebrows which can last up to a year.
Wrinkly Elbows and Knees
Lax skin creates wrinkles, and dry, flaky patches tend to appear. You should soothe dry skin with moisturizer which contains ammonium lactate or urea—both of these help moisture get through the skin barrier. Take the focus off wrinkly knees by giving your legs an allover glow with tinted body moisturizer and exfoliate your elbows with your favorite cream or brush. You could also sign up for a yoga class as poses that strengthen the quadriceps support and strengthen the knee joints, and also tighten the surrounding skin and muscle.
Lines and Wrinkles
A loss of collagen and elasticity reduces skin volume, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Repeated muscle motions—laughing, squinting at the computer screen, sipping lattes through a straw—etch crow's-feet around the eyes and marionette lines near the mouth.
Quite annoyingly, prevention is one of the best treatments. Adding basics such as antioxidants, sunscreen and retinoids will help. There are also lip lines to contend with, not to be confused with laugh lines or smile lines. You can read more ways to combat them here: https://www.siobeauty.com/blogs/news/lip-lines.
There are of course treatments such as botox, fillers, and lasers which could help too. In general, Botox is best for the upper part of your face - great for forehead lines, that crinkle between your eyes; and fillers are good for the lower half.
Tooth enamel wears away over time, exposing yellow beneath and making your smile gummy and more prone to stains. You can use whitening gels in trays or teeth whitening strips to get your teeth as much as five times whiter.
You can also fight aging from the inside, and it will show on the outside. Eating more vitamin C foods can mean fewer wrinkles and less dry skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can quench free radicals — unstable atoms and molecules in your body that harm cells. Aim for enough C-rich foods to get 75 mg a day. One orange for breakfast and five strips of yellow pepper in a lunchtime salad will get you there. So will a cup of broccoli with dinner and a bowl of strawberries for dessert. Citrus fruits, red pepper, tomatoes, kale, and melon are good sources of vitamin C. For an extra skin boost, try blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and pomegranate — beyond vitamin C, they contain ellagic acid, which may counter the harmful effects of UV rays.
Also, include lean protein as this provides the building blocks of collagen. As collagen and other proteins break down, the skin essentially folds into itself, creating wrinkles and lines. Your skin will make collagen whether you dine on marbled steaks or skinless chicken breasts, but the leaner choice can help keep weight down. Make sure you eat skinless poultry, egg whites, and fish and when choosing beef or pork, go for lower-fat cuts such as loin and round. Consider tofu, too.
Also, opt for fatty fish as this includes a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help guard against sun damage. In studies of mice, the fats significantly reduced inflammation and other immunological responses to sunlight that degrade collagen and, more worrisomely, can trigger skin cancer. And three British studies showed that omega-3s could protect against sunburn in humans, too. Try to get at least two four-ounce servings of omega-3 — rich seafood a week. Besides salmon and tuna, you can also go for mackerel, herring, sardines, and lake trout. Walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, and tofu also contain a compound (ALA) that the body converts into a similar type of beneficial omega fatty acid if you don’t like fish.
Finally, whole grains which are a good source of selenium — a mineral that helps protect against injury from UV rays. Avoiding refined grains is a good idea generally as they can raise insulin levels, which in turn causes inflammation that damages the skin. Grains rich in selenium include brown rice, oatmeal, barley, and whole wheat. Limiting yourself to the recommended three to five servings a day will net you a helpful serving of the mineral without packing on the calories that can add up quickly with high-carb foods. Brazil nuts, beef, eggs, and turkey, as well as tuna, sardines, and salmon, also deliver selenium.