What can I do to look great?
Have you kept photos of your younger self in a drawer? Approaching 60 or even older, when you flip through an album, you must be shocked to realize how young you once were and how different you look now!
That won’t upset you much if you understand that the change of our shape, skin and hair is an integral part of life as much as youth. Besides, it gives you even greater relief to learn that charm and elegance can still find a way back to you as long as you keep trying to find the most appropriate way to take care of your skin
so that you look great.
Take care of your skin
Our skin becomes thinner and more vulnerable to damage with age as a result of cell dehydration. Those aged 60 and older are particularly in need of skin care; and for those with frequent exposure to sunlight during their younger years, a remedy is a must.
Healthy skin is an appealing characteristic for both men and women. Below are some useful tips we would like to share with you on this topic and the referenced expert articles may lead you to further information.
Keep clean and use protection
No matter whether you habitually use cosmetics or not, careful cleansing of your face and body is always necessary. A universally acceptable way of face cleansing
is presented. The gist is: always remove the dirt and makeup from your face and use moisturizing cream to feed the facial skin before going to bed every night no matter how tired you are following a whole day’s work and how much you want to hit the sack without the labor; besides, also lubricate the other parts of your body with protective oil, including your feet and shanks , which is particularly helpful for those who wear toe-revealing sandals or flip-flops in the day.
Avoid strong sunlight
Sunlight helps with the synthesis of vitamin D and protects one against osteoporosis. Nevertheless, too much exposure to strong sunlight may cause disorder or even cancerization of skin cells. It’s shared knowledge that the older one is, the more vulnerable his or her skin is to strong sunlight. It’s therefore advisable to use sunscreen on your face, neck, arms, hands, feet and bald head, say, 30 minutes before going outdoors
. If you sweat, you should apply it to your skin every two or three hours. Furthermore, a hat and a pair of sunglasses have also been proved quite useful.
Don’t expose your skin to cold air for too long
Cold air, no matter whether indoors or in the open, can dry your skin, leading to irritation, chapping and even chilblains. So, in cold winter, it’s necessary for you to use protection. Apart from a variety of moisturizers such as Vaseline, we also advise you to wear plenty of clothes to keep warm and put on gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet. Moreover, as domestic heating usually adds to the process of atmospheric dehydration, for those exposed to such an environment, moisturizing effort is imperative. Researchers believe that taking a few walks in places where there is fresh air helps a lot both physically and mentally. Finally, when you suffer any skin disease, don’t hesitate to see a doctor.
Drink plenty of water
A consensus among health experts is that one should drink at least 8 cups of water a day to keep fit. That’s perhaps too much for elderly people. The bottom line, however, is “drink as much as you can”. A tip for you to know whether you are having enough daily water intake is to observe the color of your urine. Usually, human urine is light yellow. When it turns deep yellow, it means your body has a shortage of water.
No too hot and prolonged showers
A lengthy shower with very hot water may lead to loss of fat cells and leave one’s skin dry and prone to irritation.
Avoid pressure sores
Pressure sores are a major concern for bed-ridden people. Pressure sores, or bed sores, are skin injuries and ulceration of subcutaneous tissue caused by external pressure which blocks the passage of blood in the capillaries in certain areas of the body. To prevent pressure sores, one must regularly change his or her posture in bed to promote blood circulation in capillary vessels. Besides, it’s also strongly recommended that bed-ridden people use moisturizing and nourishing skin care products and take Vitamin C.
Buddhist doctrine compares hair to “three thousand trouble silks”, as it just keeps growing no matter how many times you cut it and never ceases tangling together no matter how many times you comb it. Secular souls like us may not be that sentimental, but the importance of taking good care of our hair can never be overstated.
Hairs grow from follicles. Each well-functioning follicle can accommodate two or three hairs. An unclean scalp always leads to hair loss as the dirt in the tiny pores blocks the way out for new hairs. What’s more, human hair looks shiny and glossy because it has a neatly arranged surface layer called “cuticle” (the other two layers are inner medulla and cortex). Once the cuticle layer is damaged, our hair will look dull and dry. Therefore, we not only need to be aware of the importance of hair shampooing, but also need to learn how to properly shampoo our hair
so as not to damage the cuticle.
Quite a few men and women begin to suffer baldness
and white hair
at an early age. In spite of the tips we share with you in a later chapter, we believe that such problem must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. It is wise to always seek help from health experts. They may tell you how to take care of your hair in a manner that suits you most.
Keep in good shape with an agile figure
Putting on weight is also worth special attention for the 60-year-old group. It’s not hard to imagine that one returns from a two-week-long gourmet food-riddled sightseeing cruise tour much heavier than before the vacation. Consequently, when one finds one’s clothes too small to give any comfort, one simply opts for bigger ones, for they not only ease the wearing process, but also have the merit of covering up one’s pot belly. The dark side, however, is that loose-fitting clothes give such great comfort that one may never be able to muster up the courage again to wear close-fitting attire.
Tips: always keep alert and pay attention to your weight and shape; do not be a glutton and avoid all between-meal nibbles, high-calorie foods and midnight snacks; whenever possible, take part in Body-strengthening Activities
, which helps remove waste substances from inside the body and boosts blood circulation.
People with a slim and agile figure are more confident, positive and sociable than those without. Most importantly, physical agility may translate into a young heart and joy.