Skin Care by Decade
Never have we had more decisions to make about how to take care of our skin nor number of products and approaches which to choose from. Cosmetics, lotions, serums,
treatments and procedures… natural, organic, plant-based, hypoallergenic, botanical…Dry brushing, sonic cleaners, morning applications vs. bedtime. As we see the “mature”
population exploding and life expectancy now well into our 80’s, Like other medical concerns, we do have a genetic predisposition related to how we age. Good practices however, can contribute
substantially to maintaining younger, fresher skin and these should be established early and practiced for a lifetime.
Here’s what’s happening by decade as your skin evolves and matures.
The 30’s – Add A Topical Antioxidant
Collagen and elastin production begin slowing, and hormones may be fluctuating with
pregnancy. Even some symptoms of peri-menopause can occur in the late 30’s. Skin
may begin to feel a bit drier and become splotchy. Hormone changes can also trigger
acne. Anti-oxidant products containing Vitamin C can improve skin quality and even
The 40’s – Boost Your Moisturizer
Many women say “my skin changed overnite” in their 40’s… Significant drying, dulling,
hollowing, and more visible wrinkles, capillaries, broken blood vessels, and age
spots—there are typically dramatic changes in the 40’s, especially when it comes to
loss of elasticity. Be generous with your moisturizer and consider a richer formulation
for your skin type.
The 50’s – Increase Cell Turnover By Exfoliating
Collagen levels really wane and skin begins to show laxity. Skin may become even
dryer, and brown spots may begin forming from sun exposure. Use a sonic cleaning
device several times per week or cleansing product that exfoliates and removes dull,
The 60’s – Boost Circulation By Staying Active
Skin loses tone, circulation decreases, lips thin and more wrinkles form around the lips.
Daily exercise increases blood flow to the skin and has multiple heath benefits including
the color and appearance of the skin.
Regardless of your age, the best habits can start now and include things that sound
simple but actually have a very large impact:
1) We have heard it over and over but number one, hands down, is sun protection –
using a sunscreen of at least every day, wearing a hat, choosing to stay in the
shade. We all love the so-called “healthy” glow of a tan, but today there are
terrific self-tanner products easily selected by reading product reviews and
2) Stop smoking. It is estimated that a 40-year- old lifetime smoker’s skin may look
similar to a 70-year- old non-smoker. Smokers will prematurely develop more
significant facial wrinkles and furrows, crows’ feet, vertical ear creases, smoker’s
lines around the lips, baggy eyelids and slack jawline as well as dry, coarse skin.
3) Drink water, drink more water, then drink some more. Establish the habit of
always sipping, including during the night.
4) Exfoliate your skin using a product suited for your skin type to remove dead cells,
refresh your skin surface and maintain a smoother appearance.
5) Don’t wear your makeup to bed, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and
remove eye makeup with a product that isn’t harsh on the delicate eye area.
6) Use cosmetics that are as free of additives as possible. There are a number of
product lines that are considered “green” that avoid any number of added
chemicals and fillers.
7) Use a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning and moisturize again at night.
Even oilier skins need moisturizer and doing so can balance the skin and actually
reduce oil production.
8) Be disciplined to get consistent, adequate sleep. The older we get the more we
“wear” our sleep loss.
In addition to this important self-care for the skin, the good news is that science and
well- trained medical specialists offer a number of topical and procedural choices that
can improve tone, texture and overall appearance.
Over-the- counter choices for topical products continue to improve with serums,
moisturizers, peels and more that when carefully selected, offer good results and a
budget friendly option.
Professional medical grade skin care products have also come a very long way. While
these products are typically more expensive, they have higher concentrations than
many over the counter products, reach deeper levels of the skin and are backed by
clinical studies and testing. Regular facials can also improve skin appearance and
eliminate dullness and dryness.
The new generation of non-surgical youth-boosters—injectables, lasers, and
radiofrequency—address small age-related changes over time. They’re also safer,
easier, cheaper, and require much less downtime than solutions in the past. The
challenge is, that there are so many options out there—seemingly more every week—it
can be tough to know which will give you the best return for your investment. Do your
research and consult with a strongly recommended dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Following the recommended self-care for skin in combination with quality choices for
skincare products will bring out the best in your skin. Stay informed about new
innovations in skin care treatments and procedures that offer great results, less
recovery, and affordable options to keep you looking fresh and youthful.
Great Foods for Healthy Skin
As it turns out, a healthy diet has even more benefits than we may have considered, including those affecting the appearance and quality of the skin. Our skin needs care from the inside and from the outside, and selecting foods that contribute to healthy glowing skin involves learning about super foods and those high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. These substances may prevent or delay the cell damage leading to a number of diseases, including cancer. Antioxidants appear in many fruits and vegetables and other foods listed below.
Most health experts will agree that it is optimal to obtain nutrition mainly from food however, the following factors may indicate smart use of supplements:
- The foods we purchase may vary in terms of nutrient levels
- Extended periods of stress can deplete the body’s reserves
- Certain medical conditions may benefit from targeted supplements
Super Foods High in Antioxidants
Blue, Red, Purple Grapes
Dark Green Vegetables
Sweet Potato/Orange Vegetables
High Impact Foods for Enhancing Skin Health
Carotenoids include: Beta-carotene (β-carotene) and A-carotene (α-Carotene), lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Along with active vitamin A, carotenoids help prevent premature skin damage and skin cancer. Diets high in carotenoids are beneficial for preventing UV light damage, which can lead to melanoma, aged-looking skin, wrinkles, drying, scaling and thickening of the skin. Great choices for foods high in carotenoids include:
- Acorn Squash
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
Selenium is an essential mineral found in small amounts in the body. It works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Antioxidants like selenium help fight the damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Foods containing selenium include:
- Brazil Nuts (2-3 per day will fulfill this requirement)
- Sunflower Seeds
- Wheat Germ
Alpha Linolenic Acid
Alpha linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that must be obtained from the diet or supplementation. Omega-3s have been shown to reinforce the skin by protecting it from dryness and reducing skin sensitivity. Other benefits may include protection from autoimmune skin disorders like psoriasis or inflammatory conditions like acne and eczema. Great sources of alpha linolenic acid include:
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Hemp Seeds/hemp oil
Vitamin C is an antioxidant powerhouse with multiple benefits. For the skin, Vitamin C fights free radicals and protects from sun damage, contributes to collagen production, better wound healing, prevents skin discoloration and improves skin texture. The overall health benefits of Vitamin C intake are considerable, and many dermatologists and aestheticians also recommend topical application of Vitamin C which is present in a wide variety of products from lotions to serums. Great dietary sources of Vitamin C include:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Bell Peppers
Long Chain Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and, in general, increasing intake will improve skin moisture and appearance and may improve eczema. Even psoriasis may benefit from increased omega-3 intake. While cold water fish has always been high in omega-3, grass-fed beef has a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids and is generally leaner in total fat. Good sources of these omega-3s include:
- Grass-Fed Beef
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for the breakdown of fatty acids. Often referred to as the beauty vitamin with benefits for hair, skin and nails, it is easy to obtain the recommended amount in the diet. Including regular consumption of these foods with high nutritional value that ensure adequate intake of this vitamin:
Water, Water and More Water
Food choices can have wonderful skin benefits along with a recommendation we just can’t hear enough: maximize water intake, and minimize alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and those who overindulge may see it on their faces the next day. Chronic overuse negatively affects skin tone, dryness and reflects an aged appearance. Re-think those couple glasses of wine or cocktails you may be having each day…Water is your skin’s best friend, and the formula for staying hydrated is the amount of water it takes to consistently produce urine that is colorless.
What NOT to Eat for Beautiful Skin
Nutritionists and aestheticians recommend avoiding foods that cause inflammation especially for those who may be suffering with skin disorders. Inflammatory foods include sugars, refined starches, vegetable oils, dairy products, wheat, processed corn, and many food additives. Foods with a high glycemic index that produce a quick rise in blood sugar are not recommended for several reasons including the negative effects on your skin.
Following these nutrition and diet recommendations will result in multiple benefits, including better health and higher energy as well as keeping your skin feeling and looking its best.
* This information is not intended to substitute for the advice or direction normally provided by a licensed medical professional. See your physician or a registered dietician for optimal dietary recommendations that are consistent with your comprehensive wellness plan, treatment you may be currently receiving, and to avoid interactions with prescription or over the counter medications you may be currently taking.
For those looking to brighten up those winter days with a new skincare regimen, look no further! We’ve done a round-up of our favorite all-natural and organic skincare brands to switch up your look and leave you glowing, even at the end of a long day. Eating and living organically is a hot trend right now, so why let your skin be the exception? Kick the chemicals and be on your way to a fresh face. Here are our top 5 picks:
Farmacy Honey Potion Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56 (sephora.com)
This soothing mask will give your skin the moisture it needs with the soothing scent of honey and properties that will reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Created with natural ingredients and with a mission free of animal-testing, Farmacy is all this and more.
Dr. Roebuck’s Anti-aging Moisturizer, $45 (sephora.com)
Suitable for all skin-types, Dr R’s facial moisturizer can be used twice daily to soothe even the most sensitive skin. Though their formula is created with simple ingredients, it contains powerful aging remedies. Made in Australia and packaged in 100% recyclable materials, this moisturizer is an organic minimalist’s dream.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, $58 (herbivorebotanicals.com)
Rest easy knowing this overnight cream is hard at work reducing fine lines and locking in several nutrients and antioxidants for a fresh, morning glow. All-natural and vegan, this Herbivore product utilizes goji berry, red raspberry seed, and prickly pear for a heavenly scent. With essential oils as an added benefit, your skin will be receiving a full makeover while you catch some zzz’s.
Youth to the People Age Prevention Cream, $48 (youthtothepeople.com)
The name says it all when it comes to this moisturizer. Loaded with all the good things you eat, this product turns the tables and functions as one superfood for your skin by fighting environmental factors and reducing redness. Made in the U.S.A. (California, specifically) and free of animal-testing, this is a product you can get behind.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro (TM) Whipped Cream, $60 (drunkelephant.com)
This moisturizer is a dessert for your skin. An Allure “Best in Beauty” Award winner, this formula easily absorbs leaving your skin bright and balanced. Better yet, it’s gluten/cruelty-free and the product’s creators support the International Elephant Foundation, which exists to create “a sustainable future where elephants thrive by linking people and elephants for their mutual long-term benefit”. Win-win.
We hope this round-up of today’s trending all-natural skincare products puts you well on your way to finding a new favorite for 2017! Get glowing, ladies!
Hey SW Readers!
Well, here we are finding ourselves in another new year. At Suburban Woman, we’re excited about all that 2017 has in store and can’t wait to partner with you in achieving your New Year goals and resolutions! That being said, we would love to hear more about what you’d like to see on our blog this year. Whether it’s the latest beauty trends, lifestyle tips, community happenings, profiles of inspiring women, or something else entirely, we want to hear from you! Feel free to comment on Facebook or the blog on our website to give us your feedback. We have no doubt this year will be the best yet and look forward to all the great things 2017 will bring!
The SW Team
Hey there SW friends,
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Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Well, Thanksgiving is over already and I think we can all agree that the holidays have a way of creeping up on us pretty much every year! That being the case, the last thing we need is more “stress” added to our already miles long to-do and shopping lists. So today we’re here to offer some tips to make your home a holiday haven, not just for your guests, but for YOU to enjoy throughout the season. Let’s get started!
The tendency can be to sort through items by room, but it may be easier and less overwhelming to tidy things up by category first. For example, try tackling clothes, then accessories, then books, etc. If you’re looking to get rid of some items, let other family members in the house know that you’ll be making a clothes (or whatever the item may be) drop off to the local thrift store on a certain day of the week so that they know to have that category sorted through by then. Sometimes it’s easier to check categories off the list and let that serve as the motivator to start in on the next round!
2. Be selective
As you’re sorting through items, ask yourself, “How long has it been since I’ve used or worn this? If at all?” If it’s just been sitting in a corner or on a shelf, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t even looked at it in over a year, you probably won’t miss it when it’s gone. This can be a hard rule to follow, but the reality is that with the New Year will likely come new gadgets, clothes, and household items that will replace what you’re giving away.
If you have materials lying around waiting to be repurposed…repurpose them! These things also have a tendency to be left undone and if you simply don’t have the time, consider donating (I’m seeing a pattern here!) them to a charity or organization that could utilize the materials for community programs and/or projects. The holidays are always a great time to give back!
4. Balance Organization with Simplicity
These are two different things–you can have a lot of stuff and have it be organized well. Or you can have less stuff and still have it organized well. What you do depends on your goal. If you’d like to simplify your life and keep out the clutter, the solution may not be to go out and buy a ton of great home organization units, boxes, crates, etc. As great as these might look, they could also encourage you to go out and buy more things because now you have a place to put them! Instead work with what you already have in the way of organization tools. Something as simple as a magazine holder can serve multiple purposes–from its intended purpose to holding under-the-sink kitchen supplies. Get creative!
5. Guilt Gifts
Last but not least and one that’s perfect for this time of year–guilt gifts. There’s no reason to keep gifts that you don’t use, but guilt can easily get in the way. What if the person who gave you the item never once sees you wear it? Or notices it around the house? The truth is that if the watch that your distant cousin gave you wasn’t your style, then it’s most likely been tucked in the back of that top dresser drawer for far longer than need be. Not crazy about that sweater from Great-Aunt Marge that still has the tags on it? It’s probably time to give it away. We can often wrestle with giving away items that were given to us by loving, well-meaning family members or friends, but at the end of the day, if we never use or wear them, what purpose do they serve? Sentimentality has its place, but more often than not they won’t notice, you won’t regret giving the item away, and you’ll be one step closer to an organized home.
As we step further into the season, we hope that these simple tips will help make the holidays clutter-free while creating more room for festivities and gathering with friends and family. Happy Holidays from all of us at Suburban Woman!
Hi SW Readers!
Today we’re highlighting professor, researcher, and storyteller, Brene Brown. A professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brene burst on the scene with her TED talk about the importance of vulnerability in the workplace (see it here!) and is a New York Times Bestseller! Her research and books pertaining to the topics of vulnerability, shame, and courage have gained critical acclaim and she travels the world speaking on the very same topics.
If you’re looking for a great new read for your nightstand, here are a few excerpts from her latest bestseller, Rising Strong:
““I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
“Just because we didn’t measure up to some standard of achievement doesn’t mean that we don’t possess gifts and talents that only we can bring to the world. Just because someone failed to see the value in what we can create or achieve doesn’t change its worth or ours.”
“The most transformative and resilient leaders that I’ve worked with over the course of my career have three things in common: First, they recognize the central role that relationships and story play in culture and strategy, and they stay curious about their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Second, they understand and stay curious about how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected in the people they lead, and how those factors affect relationships and perception. And, third, they have the ability and willingness to lean in to discomfort and vulnerability.”
Brene is intent on changing the world through helping others reach their full potential on whichever path in life they may find themselves on. Through teaching, writing, and her various speaking engagements, she is doing just that. For more on her life and work, visit her website.
You are sure to be inspired!
Wanting to Squeeze In Some Autumn Fun before the Chicago Cold Set’s In? Here’s Our List of Local Festivities!
We’re working our way through October, friends! For those looking to fit in some fall fun before the season turns again, we’re here to highlight some of the autumn happenings in Chicago and the wider suburban area. Whether you’re one for carving pumpkins, haunted corn mazes, or trying to find a delicious caramel apple, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here!
The cold is inching closer as we approach the middle of October and we know that this is the time of year that soup becomes a staple. If you’re looking for some weather recipes to liven up your dinner table, here’s some unique recipes to keep the chill out!
Chicken Fajita & Rice Soup
A little spice goes a long way and turns up the heat to warm your bones! This recipe can be adjusted to suit your taste as there’s plenty of ingredients and seasonings that can be added for flavor, such as peppers and different selections of chili powder. So even if other recipes have gone awry, this won’t be one of them!
Italian Sausage Tomato Orzo Soup
For a taste of Italy, this recipe is packed with hearty meat and vegetables. With a unique blend of ingredients, this comfort food selection won’t disappoint…and it’s dairy-free!
Bone Broth Soup http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2015/03/how-to-make-bone-broth-in-your-slow-cooker.html#comment-330659
For the minimalist, bone broth is the perfect choice to warm up…not to mention its many health benefits and healing properties! It’s high mineral content and natural collagen promote healthy bones and cartilage, skin, arteries, corneas, and more. With all of these benefits, one might think it may come at the cost of flavor. Not at all! Although simple, this soup is a delight to the tastebuds. Win-win.
Smoked Sausage Kale & Potato Soup
Kale never tasted so good! Combined with potatoes and smoked sausage, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite. You can select from an array of sausages to include and it’s a great way to switch things up…because it’s destined to be a repeat for all those cold nights to come!
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
A new twist on an old classic–this chicken noodle soup recipe is tailored for crockpot cooking. Ideal for those on the go, just place all ingredients in the crockpot and it will be ready and waiting for you when you get home!
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