How Do I Age Gracefully?

By Richard Fanelli T

hough aging is inevitable, some peo- ple find it difficult to deal with the changes that come with getting older. While dreading some wrinkles and sagging isn’t uncommon, there’s so much more to aging…but gracefully? You can either do nothing or you can meet aging head on and keep the signs of aging at bay for quite some time. You can easily deal with your skin, knowing you’ve done something different than most, to protect it and feed it everything it needs to optimize its health and thereby restore your body and skin to its optimal youth.

Now that is something you can do

“gracefully”. Aging before your time, is a choice in today’s toxic world and staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age.

Dr. Stacy Chimento, a leading anti- aging expert offers 5 healthy aging tips. These 5 tips will not only make you look and feel youthful, it will keep your skin healthy and it will age well, giving you that elusive, irresistible glow.

1. Apply and Re-Apply “Sunscreen is the cardinal rule for

healthy skin. This is a healthy habit that should start very early in childhood to prevent elastosis and aging of the skin. Excessive sun damages the skin and cre- ates free radicals that promote aging and skin cancer,” says Chimento. However, it is critical you do not choose the dime-a- dozen sunscreens flooding the market as most are toxic.

2. Eat Those Fruits and Veggies “Increasing one’s consumption of

healthy fruits and vegetables along with a balanced diet will provide the nutrition for skin health. Having a diet rich in an- tioxidants helps to promote healthy col- lagen, fight free radicals, sun damage and improves inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and rosacea,” says Chimento. In my own intensive research I have found on the top of the list are asparagus, avocado, salmon, sardines, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

3. Slather It Up

“Retinoids are topical vitamins that are often used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by boosting the production of collagen. They can promote cellular turnover to refresh the skin from old dam- aged skin, improve acne, oil production, fade dark spots and acne marks. Using retinoids is one of the activities that promotes healthy aging,” says Chimento. But retinoids can be very harsh and cause skin problems. There is a natural solution to this issue.

4. Cold Turkey

“Avoid smoking including vaping. Cigarette smoke and vaping contain harmful chemicals, including carbon monoxide which displaces oxygen in the skin. The nicotine component reduces healthy blood flow creating a dry and dull appearance of the skin. It can inter- fere with vitamin C which is an impor-

tant antioxidant in reducing free radical formation,” says Chimento.

5. Hydrate! “Is your skin looking a bit thirsty?

The skin should always be in a good pH balance. Dehydrated skin is more prone to inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, rashes. Many of my acne patients are scared to use moisturizers as they are afraid they will ‘break out’ or make them oilier. If the skin is too dry, then it will make more oil as a response. I love products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides as they improve texture and restore the lipid barrier of the skin,” says Chimento. A totally chemical free serum and face cream is critical to supply this crucial moisture and introduce optimal skin rejuvenation, without the worry of producing adverse effects from the thou- sands of industrialized skin creams.

Many of us believe Asian people

naturally have more youthful skin and generally look younger than other women of the same age. While this is true gener- ally speaking, there are two major reasons. First, Asian skin is oilier due to inner fac- tors. Asians have more oil glands (seba- ceous glands) that produce oil (sebum). Oil production is a natural process, making your skin supple and smooth.

Second, what makes Asian skin resist

aging longer? The secret is that the dermis of Asian skin is thick. The dermis is an important deep skin layer that contains collagen and elastin. 21

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