We’ve all seen the ads for nighttime moisturizers, retinol creams, and restorative lotions. As seniors age, wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines emerge, prompting many of us to consider chemical peel or laser treatments. These treatments, however, are surgical procedures which may result in scarring and infection. So, what’s a senior to do in the Northeast, a region famous for its frigid, long winters and short summers? Below, we discuss our favorite skin care tips for Manhattan seniors.
Skin Care Tips For Manhattan Seniors: Dietary Foundations
Adopt a clean, green diet. Eat plenty of fresh organic vegetables, whole grains, and seasonal fresh fruits. Decrease or eliminate refined sugars. Instead, use small amounts of organic raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or stevia to sweeten beverages. Be moderate in your alcohol intake. A “clean and green” diet supports vibrant skin.
Include plenty of healthy oils in your diet. Coconut, olive, sesame, avocado, and almond oils are all great choices. In particular, do your best to avoid trans fatty acids such as hydrogenated margarine, shortening, or canola oils, common ingredients in store-bought cookies, doughnuts, potato chips, and French fries.
Supplement your collagen intake. Collagen is a structural protein. It’s the most abundant protein in the human body and the central “building block” of all your body’s connective tissues. It’s also vitally important for the health of your bones, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, hair, and skin. As we age, our body’s internal production of collagen decreases, which leads to weakening bones, sagging skin, and wrinkles. So, supplementing becomes important. Two great choices for upping your intake of collagen are bone broth and multi-collagen protein powder.
Keep yourself well hydrated. Drinking plenty of pure water is a simple way to support skin health.
Daily Habits For Protecting Your Skin
Use a high-quality lotion. Aloe vera gel and natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, almond oil or jojoba oil are ingredients to look for in a hand or body lotion. Some excellent choices include Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer; Eco Bella Body Lotion; John Masters Organics Body Lotion; and Desert Essence Hand & Body Lotion.
Protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Spending long hours in the hot midday sun can result in sunburn and increase your risk of cancerous skin growths. So don’t overdo midday sun-bathing! Instead, go out in the morning or late afternoon. If you need to be out and about, wear protective clothing and 30+ SPF.
Nourish your skin via far infrared technologies. You can enjoy many of the benefits of sunshine without the risks via far infrared technologies such as far infrared saunas, far infrared blankets, Biomats, or Migun massage tables.
Treat minor burns naturally. Use aloe vera to treat minor burns or Ching Wan Hung—a Chinese herbal burn cream—to soothe and heal burns. Calendula ointment is a wonder on burns. Apply immediately and keep applying until there is no more pain. You will be amazed.
Healthy Senior Skin Care: The Spa Treatment
Soak in a hot bath. Use your favorite bath salts or hot mustard bath or sit in a sauna, two or three times a week, to deeply cleanse skin pores. Relaxed sweating is deeply therapeutic for the skin. However, remember to drink plenty of water afterward to replenish lost moisture.
Use micellar water on your face. Micellar water is a gentle cleansing option that removes skin impurities. Afterward, moisturize with a high-quality facial serum that features hyaluronic acid and Coenzyme Q10 for radiant skin.
Exfoliate dead skin cells. Use a loofa sponge to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, once or twice a week. As the dead skin cells slough off, they’re naturally replaced with healthy ones.
Enjoy a full-body massage. Treat yourself to a full-body therapeutic massage, every now and again. The healthy oils used for the massage provide deep nourishment for the skin.
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