Today we’re going to talk about putting together an anti-aging skin care regimen for women who have oily and / or sensitive skin.
As many women know, developing a proper skin care regimen that you do each and every day is very important.
That said, once you hit the quarter century age of 25, your skin may require you to spend a little more time caring for it. Why?
Three little words – the aging process.
Of course, we are not trying to suggest that aging is bad, or unnatural.
Far from it – aging is unavoidable, for one thing, and it’s a natural part of life for everyone. You can even argue that things get better as you age, which is basically true in many ways.
However, as soon as you say to someone that they’re “getting old”, it just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Aging and growing old seem to be two different things, but we’re getting off topic a little bit.
Too much waxing philosophical. We were discussing skin care, and in this article, we want to talk specifically about anti-aging for oily skin and the women who have it.
Skin Care Regimen for Women with Oily Skin
Each type of skin has its own needs, and if you are one of the “lucky” women with oily skin, there are certain issues you will face that not every woman must face, just due to body chemistry.
If your face secretes a little bit of extra sebum, then you are going to end up having a more greasy type of skin where things like acne can occur. If this is you, you’re probably not thrilled about this as it stands.
But hold the phone, people! If you have this type of skin, there are reasons to rejoice! Why? Because you have a skin type that seems to age slower than other types of skin, and you will have less lines as you get older.
The thing is, if you aren’t taking care of your skin, you might end up being a senior citizen who has a bad case of acne, and that’s not ideal.
So, how do you avoid this and take advantage of your body’s natural tendencies – to secrete sebum, for instance.
You need to develop a carefully considered skin care routine ASAP, and it must include all of the factors that will affect the skin, such as food and drink, to anti-aging skin products that we purchase, to the beauty regime that we adhere to.
This is how we can make progress, and play to our strengths.
How The Food We Eat Affects Your Skin
The quality of our skin, to a large extent, is determined by our diet – like it or not.
Besides genetic factors, oily skin is a prime target for a bad diet including lots of processed food, and junk food in general.
Oily food – surprise, surprise – can make your skin even oilier than it would be otherwise, increasing the amount of sebum which is secreted, leaving your face looking dull and lifeless.
Free Radicals Are Bad
What you need is a diet that contains as many vitamins and nutrients as possible, particularly antioxidants such as carotene, lutein, and Vitamins C and E) which will combat any free radicals you have in your system.
If there are too many free radicals swimming in your system, this will throw you completely out of whack.
They are the result of an imbalanced cell metabolism, which can be caused by things like too much sun, pollution, and smoking.
These pesky free radicals can slow down cell regeneration, and too many free radicals can cause you to age much faster than you might otherwise.
This is why you should pay particular attention to foods that contain antioxidants, as they can go a long way in preventing premature aging. You’ll want to find the prime sources of antioxidants if you can.
What are the best sources for antioxidants? Various types of berries such as raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries are perfect.
Not to mention other fruits such as pears, pineapples, and avocados. Then you have your ideal veggies, such as spinach, red cabbage, white potatoes, artichokes, and broccoli.
If you can help it, try to consume veggies and / or fruits with their peels intact, but make sure you also clean them off in case they’ve been sprayed.
Next, you want to consume an adequate amount of hers such as cinnamon and also turmeric, which have lots of antioxidants.
Fruit juices and green tea can also provide a rich source of antioxidants, and will help with the anti-aging process too. Just watch for too much sugar – that will not help. Oats are also great.
You can also please your sweet tooth with some dark chocolate once in a while.
If you can include the right amount of the above foods, then you will be on the right track in no time.
There are some other things you may wish to add to your diet, such as beets, sprouts, tomatoes, salmon, and carrots.
Eating these regularly will stave off wrinkles and make your skin tight and firm. If you have an addiction to French fries, it may be time to curb that, as that will do your oily skin no favours.
Every Day Skin Care Regimen
Chances are you’ve looked into this yourself already, if you’re concerned about your skin, but now that we know what to avoid and what causes our oily skin, we need a plan.
There are plenty of anti aging products out there right now, including an assortment of creams and other things, but that’s not all.
Visit your local drug store or specialist and they’ll offer you something that is designed to fight oily skin – for instance, brands like Garner, L’oreal, Olay, etc.
The list of brands and products goes on and on. Do your research wisely before using any of these products. Let’s take a look at a day in the life of your skin and how you take care of it.
Cleansers, Toners, Astringents
You’ll need the best skin cleanser to start with, as cleansing is a huge part of maintaining youthful looking skin. You don’t want it over-drying your skin – it must keep things completely balanced.
You’re going to want to make use of toners and astringents before you put on any make up. When you’re ready, lightly pat your skin with a soft cotton ball which has been dipped into an astringent or toner.
These will help to hide the visibility of pores, and limit the secretion of oil which comes out of your glands.
If you’re going to be using make up, you’ll want to make use of products that are made especially for skin which is oily or aging.
The signs of aging can be reduced somewhat by applying makeup primers – we consider these a must.
If you really want to go that extra mile, use some sunscreen daily to fight the sigs of aging. Even if you are inside, away from the sun completely, this can be beneficial for oily skin types.
Face Masks and Mud / Clay / Fruit Face Packs
As mentioned, oily skin is a magnet for things like pimples and acne. Therefore, you don’t want to scrub your face too much, but you do want to do it – about once per week, to remove the dead cells.
You might also want to consider doing a weekly face mask, but we think that mud packs (or clay) are really the best for an oily skin type.
You can even try fruit face packs, since, as we mentioned, fruits can be packed with antioxidants, and provide your skin with a youthful glow.
Applying anti-aging creams to your face before bed is a good idea, so long as your face is nice and clean, and then what you want to do is get yourself a good rest.
Having a great skin routine but a poor rest is counter-productive.
If you have skin that naturally becomes oily on its own, try splashing a little bit of water on your face every once in a while (every couple of hours).
This should keep you feeling refreshed, wake you up a bit, and also stimulate the oil secreting pores so that they don’t get too out of control.
Drinking plenty of water can help with this too. Did we mention stress? Avoid it at all costs!
Easier said than done, of course, but you know that stress can cause things like pimples and also make you look tired and help to define your age lines.
So, whatever you do, don’t stress! 🙂 We hope this quick guide helped and you can adapt it to your own anti aging routine.
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