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By Barbara Hey
After a few decades of living, your skin begins to tell its own story. The area around the eyes, between the brows, and at the corners of the mouth provide hints about how many candles light up your birthday cake—and how you’ve spent your time between celebrations. You can see the after-effects of where you’ve been (beach vacations, outdoor adventures, arid climates), what you’ve done to yourself (dietary transgressions, sleep-deprived nights, chronic stress), and to your skin (less-than-gentle products, harsh treatments).
What seems unimportant in the golden age of post-adolescent flawless skin—preserve, protect, defend—takes on greater urgency as we get older, when skin loses its youthful luster, and other dispiriting changes appear: sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and uneven texture. As George Orwell wrote, “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”
But, Orwell himself could never have anticipated the myriad medical procedures developed to erase the visible signs of wear and tear on the body, from injections to plump or soften wrinkles, to surgery to lift and tuck and smooth. But each remedy comes with a hefty price tag, and some risk. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent approximately $12.4 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2005. Ninety-one percent of the patients were women, and more than 2.9 million of them chose Botox injections, the most popular nonsurgical procedure, in which clinicians inject botulism toxin to temporarily paralyze facial muscles and eliminate wrinkles. Organic it’s not.
Keep in mind that with life comes oxidative damage to cells, and as years pass the body is less adept at countering the assaults of free radicals, according to Cathleen London, MD, a family practice physician in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. The body increasingly needs a helping hand, so she advises paying attention to the basics: Eat a nutrient-rich diet (fruits and vegetables are ever-more important with age), take a quality multivitamin/mineral supplement, don’t smoke, and drink enough water. “Your skin won’t appear plump without water,” she says.
Prevent further sun damage, and then support the skin’s health with antioxidants. Her list to incorporate into the supplement plan: lycopene, grape seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, and hyaluronic acid. Others to consider: MSM and Celadrin, both of which are prescribed to ease joint pain, but also improve skin.
First Do No Harm
For the key to preserving and nurturing aging skin, look no further than the skin care products you use. If you’re already an obsessive label reader, you’ve no doubt noticed that many products list ingredients only a chemist could love.
The refrain of skin-care experts bears repeating: What you apply to your skin penetrates into the body. So, look for natural ingredients and ones that nourish, protect, and heal the terrain of maturing skin. “Cells need nutrients to be their best,” say...
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