It happens to the best of us: we stare at ourselves in the mirror every day and adjust to the changes we see as they happen. It isn’t until we look at older pictures of ourselves or catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror under different lighting that we realise just how much our skin has changed. Suddenly we see the wrinkles. We notice the errant skin tag. Our stretch marks look like they’ve grown and multiplied overnight.
What gives? We do our best to take care of our skin! We cleanse and clean and pamper our skin and this is how we look? Even with all that work? The truth is that there are all sorts of variables that can contribute to the changes that happen to our skin. In this post we’re going to talk about what causes some common issues and what you can do to prevent and treat them.
Wrinkles – As we age, our skin loses its elasticity. This is because our bodies are producing less collagen and elastin and the collagen and elastin we already have is breaking down. Our skin begins to sag slightly over on itself and that’s what the wrinkles are: crevices between bits of sagging skin.
There are a number of ways to combat this loss and this breakdown. Look for skin care products that contain collagen and elastin and that will help you boost your own supply. It is also a good idea, say the experts at Dermacare, to switch up your skincare routine seasonally. Or, if you’re looking for something longer lasting and faster acting, try procedures like an advanced silicone infusion treatment.
Dark Patches – Those annoying darker patches of skin on your face (and elsewhere)? They are a condition called Melasma and most adults have it. Some dermatologists call it hyper-pigmentation. For many women, they are the result of hormone fluctuations–especially progesterone. These are difficult to prevent but they are treatable and can be reversed, though often the reversal will take some time.
Proper and regular exfoliation are a must if you see dark patches on your skin. Another good technique is to apply citrus juice (lemon is best) directly to your skin. Use a cotton ball or square to apply a small amount of lemon juice to your face and then rinse it off after about twenty minutes or so. And, of course, you’ll want to eat foods that are rich in Vitamins E and folic acid. If you’re looking for something faster acting or really want to attack these patches, you can opt for microdermabrasion, chemical peels, etc.
Skin Tags – Skin tags, just behind warts and hairy moles, are among our most embarrassing skin problems. Skin tags can happen to anybody at any time and on any part of their bodies. Whether they are bumps or flaps, nobody likes them and, unfortunately, nobody really knows what causes them. Some scientists think that repeated or prolonged rubbing of the skin might be a factor since many of them turn up in folds of the skin under the arms along the groin region, etc.
The good news is that skin tags are not a precursor of cancer and they can be removed. There are over the counter remedies available if you want to freeze or burn off your skin tags yourself. The better option, though, is to have them removed by a doctor. The procedure is quick and the doctor can help numb the area so it won’t be as painful as it could be if you tried to get rid of them yourself. And seriously: never ever simply try to cut them off. All that does is put you at risk of infection!
Taking care of your skin is often simply a matter of eating right and leading a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, that you’re getting regular doses of fresh air, and that you’re taking care of your whole body. Your skin will respond to these methods as well as they will respond to more targeted approaches.