Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:16

Bye Bye Crepe Paper Skin!

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Dear Maddisen,
I’m in my early 50’s and suddenly noticing that I have crepe paper skin! On my arms, on my legs, and probably everywhere. Is this an inevitable part of aging, or is there anything I can do to bring back my toned and firm skin? MM

Dear MM,
Thanks for your question. I know exactly what you’re talking about when you refer to ‘crepe paper skin’, as I’ve experienced the same changes. I’m in the process of following a skin health regime to restore my skin to a more toned and firm state, and am happy to share what I’ve discovered in support of your mission to do the same.

The Miracle of Skin & How Aging Effects It

First, let’s talk about the miracle of skin itself. Skin is the largest organ of our body and part of the integumentary system, which includes skin, hair, and nails. Skin protects our internal organs, helps us resist bacteria and infection, prevents excessive water loss, gives shape to the body, and lets our body breathe.

The skin structure is made up of three major skin layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous.

The epidermis is the thin outer layer of the skin and is composed of many nerve endings. New cells are in a constant cycle of forming in the lower epidermis, and travel to the surface where they are worn off. As we age, the upper epidermis becomes thinner, and the cells start to divide more slowly. Dead skin cells don't shed as quickly, causing the skin to look aged. There is a loss of melanin producing cells which protect us from UV radiation, and age spots may begin to appear. On average we generate a new layer of skin every two to four weeks.

The dermis is the middle skin layer. The dermis contains the proteins collagen and elastine which give the skin support and elasticity. It contains blood vessels, sweat glands, nerves, and hair follicles. As we age, the dermis becomes thinner and collagen and elastin start to lose their elasticity. The skin's ability to retain moisture diminishes, becoming dryer.

The subcutaneous is the deepest skin layer and is composed of fatty tissue. It provides nourishment to the upper layers of the skin, protects the body from heat and cold, and acts like a cushion to internal organs. It contains nerve endings, hair follicles, sweat glands, and blood vessels. The fat in the subcutaneous layer decreases as we get older, and the epidermis starts to sag.

Exfoliating for Fresh Skin Health

Our body has the natural ability to shed dead skin, but this process slows down with age. To offset this, we can exfoliate to re-invigorate the shedding process. I’m a fan of Carole Maggio’s “Facercise” program (see my blog, “Bye Bye Droopy Face & Neck”), and am now also following her program for body exfoliation, using her Sisal Louffa Mitt and Strap. You might be able to find these sisal products elsewhere, but I’m comfortable ordering Carole’s products from her website, especially because she includes instructions for the brushing, and lots of other useful information.

I follow Carole’s “Dry Brush Technique”, which assists in removing dead skin cells, initiates strong blood supply to the skin, improves lymphatic circulation, supports detoxification, breaks down cellulite deposits, improves muscle tone, and tones, tightens, and lifts the skin. I do this before I shower, by standing in the bathtub, and using the Sisal Louffa Mitt and Strap; I dry brush each section of my body 30 times, including my feet and hands. Carole suggests this as a daily routine.

For the neck and face, Carole has a Beauty Face Mitt and Bamboo Glove routine, which I will incorporate soon! I’ll be trying her “No Lipo Lipo” treatments shortly as well, and will blog about that once I’m done with the first round of treatments.

As we age, using moisturizers alone is not going to drastically change and improve the health of our skin. We must also assist the body in removing the dead skin cells and maintaining healthy blood circulation. In doing so, we have a good chance of slowing down and reducing the appearance of crepe paper skin, and maintaining our skin in a more toned and firm state; not to mention all the other possible health benefits listed above! A sure way to achieve this is by exfoliating your skin, which then provides better penetration for moisturizers, and improves the skin's moisture content. Have fun pampering yourself, and let me know how it goes!

Your Life Coach,
Maddisen
Copyright 2011 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.

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Maddisen Krown

Maddisen K. Krown, M.A. is a MidLife Empowerment Coach, Columnist, and Speaker who works with individuals and groups throughout the U.S. and the world. She supports the wholeness and well being of her clients, guiding them into the fuller purpose and quality of life that calls them.

Maddisen holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and is a graduate of the ICF accredited Coach for Life program. She also holds a B.S. in English/Technical Writing & Computer Science. In addition to the NoHo Arts District News, Maddisen writes for The Huffington Post. Based in Los Angeles, she donates a substantial amount of her time in service as a counseling facilitator in her community. Contact her at lifecoach@krown.us and visit her website at www.maddisenkrown.com

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