Friday, July 24, 2009

Skin Concerns ^_____^ Part 1

Probably the Enemies of Any beauty Expert or any women is Wrinkles. Remember the advices of some that it's better to laugh than to frown. So you could just only use a few of your facial muscles and won't create those unsightly lines. Well being a teenager at an early age we should take care of our skin already but I don't suggest putting many chemicals on your skin at a very very young age, but sunblock may do or any preventive measures that can retain your skin's hydration balance. So that in the mere older years you won't suffer or regret on how your skin looks like.

there are many causes of wrinkles so what are wrinkles by the way here is a brief description of what wrinkles are:

What're wrinkles?

Skin wrinkles are grooves in the skin. Wrinkles can be on the surface of the skin or can be quite deep. Wrinkles are the thin, creased, and sagging skin that is especially noticeable on the face, neck, and hands. Wind, heat and chemicals and the natural effects of aging cause a certain amount of wrinkling in everyone, but it is much worse in people who spend a lot of time in the sun. Years of exposure to the sun cause "photoaging," which includes freckles, yellowing, roughness, visible
blood vessels, and dark spots, as well as wrinkling. Typically, as a person ages, the sweat and oil glands of the skin become less numerous and smaller in size. This causes the skin to lose moisture and to dry out, and it soon begins to sag in places where the collagen, the elastic fibers that support the skin, has weakened the most. The skin around the eyelids, jaw, and neck is especially thin, and therefore more naturally prone to aging. Much of wrinkling is predetermined genetically from one's parents.

People's desire to retain and regain youth is strong and universal. The eternal wish for a "fountain of youth" can be seen in the innumerable products and procedures advertised in books, magazines, and other media that promise "younger-looking skin." Many claims for such youth-enhancing methods are unfortunately overblown or entirely nonexistent. Let the buyer beware! Still, effective techniques for softening and even removing wrinkles do exist. Skin ages all over the body, but much more so where there has been sun exposure. Changes brought on by sun damage (photoaging) include "dryness" (really roughness), sagginess, skin growths like keratoses ("liver spots"), and wrinkles.

Wrinkles in turn can be divided into two categories; fine, surface lines and deep furrows. Wrinkle treatments are in general much more effective for fine lines. Deeper creases may require more aggressive techniques, such as plastic surgery. Wrinkles are found primarily on the parts of the body where sun exposure is greatest. These areas especially include the face, neck, the backs of the hands, and the tops of the forearms.

How to prevent the development of wrinkles?

Wrinkles are part of natural ageing; they have to be accepted as such. None of the treatments above can turn the clock back far, and none are without risk. Onset of wrinkles and further progression of those already present can be prevented by following these tips:

The best way to prevent skin damage in any case is to avoid episodes of excessive sun exposure, particularly during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM when sunlight pours down 80% of its daily UV dose. Reflective surfaces, such as sand, concrete, and white-painted areas should be avoided.

Clouds and haze are not protective, and in some cases may intensify UVB rays. Ultraviolet intensity depends on the angle of the sun, not heat or brightness. Sun lamps and tanning beds provide mostly UVA rays, and some experts believe that 15 to 30 minutes at a tanning salon are as dangerous as a day spent in the sun.

Sunscreens and sunblocks, used generously, may help prevent skin ageing and many skin cancers. It is important not to use sunscreen in order to stay out in the sun longer as it could paradoxically allow deeper sun damage including aging the skin without the warning of sunburn. It should be noted, however, that people may not apply enough sunscreen and many of the studies showing little protection were conducted before the development of newer products with high sun protection factors (SPF30+). The bottom line is not that people should avoid sunscreens but that they should always use them in combination with other sun-protective measures. Any sunscreens should contain a wide spectrum of UVA-blocking ingredients, which include butyl methoxydibenzoyl-methane (also called avobenzone or Parsol 1789), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, methyl anthranilate, octocrylene, and octyl methoxycinnamate or ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate. Assuming the same ingredients are used, inexpensive products work as well as expensive ones. Waterproof formulas last for about 40 minutes in the water, whereas water-resistant formulas last half as long. Sunblocks prevent nearly all UVA and UVB rays from reaching the skin, but to be fully protective they must contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

The SPF is an indexed number based on the amount of UV radiation required to turn sunscreen- or sunblock-treated skin red compared to non-treated skin. Sunscreens should not be used on babies younger than six months. Older children should apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15. For adults, any sunscreen or sunblock used should have an SPF factor of 15 or higher; adults who rarely tan and burn easily should use SPF 50. Sunscreen or sunblock should be applied liberally 15 to 30 minutes before venturing outdoors and reapplied every two hours or so even on overcast days and especially after exercise or swimming.

Wearing sun-protective clothing is extremely important and protects even better than sunscreens. Everyone, including children, should wear hats with wide brims. Clothing is being designed for blocking UV rays and is being rated using SPR ratings or the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) index, with 50 UPF being the highest. People should look for loosely-fitted, unbleached, tightly woven fabrics. Washing clothes over and over improves UPF by drawing fabrics together during shrinkage. Clothing treated with a new compound called Rayosan increases the UPF rating of normal summer-weight cotton by 300%. Everyone over age one should wear sunglasses that block all UVA and UVB rays when in the sun.

People are encouraged to wash their face with a mild non-soap cleanser. Alkaline soaps, especially with deodorant, should be avoided. The skin should be patted dry and immediately lubricated with a water-based moisturiser (ideally with SPF 30 filter) to prevent further dehydration. Hundreds of creams and lotions are available for wrinkle-protection, although very few have been proven to be very effective.

The best long-term prevention for wrinkled skin is a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise to keep circulation moving, a diet with plenty of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, staying out of the sun or wearing sun-block and on-going methods for reducing stress and tension.

If you are worried about the wrinkles you have, some immediate strategies you can initiate are to check your skin care products to make sure you are using only neutral ph balanced soaps, body washes, moisturizers etc. Also make sure you avoid harsh irritants such as perfumed soaps, chlorinated swimming pools and hot showers, and moisturize regularly. A beautician or beauty therapist may recommend topical lotions or creams which have been shown to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines when used regularly.

More skin Topics to come -END- the oba_san's Picture that I've posted is Chizo Saeki (A japanese Beauty Expert ) more about her in the next upcoming topics ^______^ so Guys Check it out ! XDD -Jaane!

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