Leading beauty icons, Jane Fonda, 79, Carolina Herrera, 78, Helen Mirren, 72, continue to prove that beauty is ageless.
With the help of advances in modern medicine, nutrition and skincare, we are living longer healthier and more productive lives. Today, both men and women immensely care about their personal appearances and desire a well groomed and confident look.
Using new trends in skin care, encourage your aging parent (even Dad!) to maintain their physical appearance, rewards that will be observed in both their physical health and aid in their overall well being.
"I don't want my wrinkles taken away - I don't want to look like everyone else." -Jane Fonda
Body Image Concerns - Not Just Adolescents
Body image is not only an adolescent concern, recent studies have proved that the elderly, especially women, suffer from poor body image concerns.
One important implication of body image concerns among seniors is how their efforts to change their bodies impact their health.
Research indicates that women under the age of 30 are at the greatest risk of being dissatisfied with their bodies, and then their satisfaction level improves between 30 and 65, only to dip again later in life. This means that women over the age of 65 have body dissatisfaction levels similar to those of women under 30. While they are less likely to diet or take other measures to lose weight than young women, those who do are at a greater risk of negative health impacts, like bone and muscle loss, kidney failure, and even death.
Helen Mirren, 72, a spokesperson for L’oreal cosmetics, insisted that her pictures not be retouched,
"I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks.”
Aging Skin - What Actually Happens?
As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and collagen along with fat atrophy. Other factors like sun damage, an unhealthy diet, poor health, alcohol, and smoking can affect collagen and elastic fibers and contribute to an overall aged appearance.
Physical illnesses can also bring about physical changes. Weight loss or gain, muscle loss, thinning hair and issues with bone density can be brought about by hormonal changes.
These changes can be distressing for those who desire a more youthful appearance.
Signs of an Aging Face
Loss of chin definition
Loss of cheek roundness
Sagging neck lines
Wrinkling of the skin around the mouth
Dropping of the nasal tissues
Interviews with older women found that while younger women focused on the appearance of their bodies, older women were more concerned about their faces. Dissatisfaction with their faces can lead many aging women to seek out cosmetic surgical enhancements like face lifts, chemical peels, chin tucks and eye lifts.
Recently, more men have started complaining about their aging faces. Desiring a less tired appearance, a more defined jawline and fewer forehead creases more men are signing up for cosmetic procedures like injectables, fillers and botulinum toxin.
Our society places a high value on looking young and fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Men's goals may include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face and a trimmer waistline. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as skin thickness, beard growth or body type. - American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Daily Beauty Rituals
Researchers Brown Wilson and Davies (2009) observed the following scenario:
“I observed that one woman, who was normally chatty and engages, was clearly withdrawn as she came into a communal area. I assumed she was having a bad day until two caregivers walked past, sat beside her and asked if they could help put her lipstick on- she visibly brightened and accepted their help. This took only a minute or so, but as the staff walked away, she was animated and engaged with those around her. Observing the dramatic change in this woman’s demeanor clearly showed how much this detail mattered to her."
Elle Bienenfeld, an administrator at Family First Home Health Care commented,
“Whenever we would visit my Bubby, I always noticed the special attention her caretaker took into preparing her hair and makeup. It made such a difference to the self-confidence of my grandmother. We ask all of the Family First Home Health Care nurses and caregivers to assist our clients with a daily routine of skin care and makeup.”
Hot Trends in Senior Skin Care:
Hyaluronic Acid had proven to be a staple in skin care effective in moisturizing and hydrating the skin. It is being added to injectable fillers and topical products that lift, tightens and adds volume to aging skin.
New, improved and less expensive handheld devices
Organic beauty: more natural beauty options
Face masks: whether as panda-faced sheets or colorful L’Oréal Paris clays.
Probiotic based Skincare: New research in bacteria suggests that beneficial bacteria like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium – can trigger the production of natural moisturizers in the skin.
Skincare ingredients including algae, kale, and mooring
Hydration products that utilize water based ingredients and tend to provide ultra light breathable finishes resulting in firmer, plumper and glowing skin.
Dry body brushing to help gently exfoliate skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve circulation.
Stronger emphasis on proper nutrition, process sugar glycates collagen which leads to aging and stiffening the skin. Whereas, fruits and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants.
Ingestible Beauty: Antioxidant-rich beverages like Core Organic, which hydrate the skin
Use Jane Fonda as an inspiration, and together let’s empower our aging parents to feel good about their appearances. Help them stay abreast of the latest trends in skin care. Invest in new makeup and products. Finally, take the time to help Mom make up her face or encourage her caregiver to make skin care and make up a special part of your aging parents daily routine. They will be rewarded with positive body image.
You will be rewarded with the glowing smile of your aging parents.
What are your tips for glowing skin?
Y. Feinerman is the digital marketing manager for Family First Home Health Care. Yocheved is passionate about family and is known to be the "go to person" for family life cycle events and FUN!
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