Health & Fitness

Beauty tips that transcend the ages

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by Lindsay Ruck

How many readers moisturize daily, use sunscreen no matter the season and nourish hair with a deep conditioning treatment regularly? Were you able to answer ‘yes’ to any of these queries? This issue, we’re talking hair and skincare — important topics at any age and ones that tend to dip down on the priority list as life gets in the way.

If not tended to, skin can age an individual dramatically. On the flip side, well-maintained skin contributes to a youthful glow that stands the test of time.

Skincare

As we age, our skincare needs may change.Those products you used in your 20s, 30s and 40s won’t cater to a more mature skin.As your skin evolves, so too should your daily grooming regime.There are several skin type-specific products which focus on variances, such as sensitive skin, oily skin and dry skin.Find products that are right for you to maintain a healthy glow.

Hydrate

This is not new advice. Water has long-been praised for its many health benefits. One of those benefits is the direct link between drinking water and healthy skin.Water aids in flushing out toxins that can harm the skin.While the debate is ongoing about just how much water an individual should consume each day, the bottom line is it should be a part of your daily diet.

Skin tends to become dry as a person ages. Dips in temperature during the winter months can also contribute to dryness.A moisturizing skin cream with natural ingredients, such as aloe, vitamin A and vita- min E will nourish skin and keep dryness at bay.

A non-direct solution is a humidifier. Eliminate cold, dry air throughout your home by filling the space with moisture.

Eliminate bad habits

Things like smoking and poor diet choices have a direct impact on one’s skin. Smoking can be attributed to that leathery, dry texture, and greasy foods filled with fat and salt can contribute to oil and redness. Keep in mind that what goes in your body will eventually affect your outward appearance.

Sun safety

Sun is one of the leading causes of dryness,redness and flaking. Protect yourself daily by applying sun- screen.Whether you’re gardening in your backyard,taking the grandkids to the beach, or just going for a walk in the park, sunscreen should be a part of your year- round regimen. Many moisturizers and creams now contain sunscreen, but check the UV rating before banking on this two-in-one product. Ensure you’re getting the protection you need by investing in a quality sunscreen.

Keep unwanted fine lines at bay by wearing a hat and sunglasses when outside for long periods of time.

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Hair care

Hair needs to be nourished on a regular basis. There are several steps you can take to ward off dry- ness, split ends and thinning hair.

Healthy eating

A clean diet is actually one of the attributes of good hair. Fruits and vegetables and other whole foods high in vitamins A and C contribute to stronger, shinier hair. High in protein yet low in fat selections will also fight against dry, brittle hair.

Sun protection

Just like you need to protect your skin from the sun, so too does your hair feel the effects of UV damage. If you’re spending great lengths of time outdoors, consider wearing a hat or choosing a hair product that includes sun and heat protection. If you colour your hair, the hat will also prevent bleaching and fading.

Regular washes and trims

If your hair has grown brittle, regular trims will prevent further breakage. Use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip hair of natural oils and, if possible, allow hair to dry naturally after washing.While the blow dryer is quick and easy, it holds an intense amount of heat. If you do blow dry, include a heat-protective product into your routine.

A little off the top?

And what about those men who have bid adieu to their luscious locks?Your scalp is still in need of a little TLC and should not be ignored.Whether fully bald or balding,the skin atop one’s head is directly exposed to the elements. Sun spots and dry, flaky skin will occur if the scalp is not well-maintained. Regular washes and moisturizers will protect the scalp from daily outdoor elements.

A radiant, healthy glow doesn’t have to include costly procedures. Be proactive and protect your hair and skin with regular care. n

Lindsay Ruck is an author and editor. Her first book, Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck chronicles her grandfather’s life from beginning to end.