The Personal Fable of Youth

Youthful Sun bathing Mistakes

Youthful Sun bathing MistakesThe self-absorption of adolescents leads them to develop what Elkind described as a “personal fable.” As Craig explains it, the personal fable is “the feeling that they are so special that they should be exempt from the ordinary laws of nature, that nothing bad can happen to them, and they will live forever.” As the Department of Health and Human Services points out, this way of thinking may lead teenagers to engage in risky behaviors.

No Skin Off Your Nose?

When I was young…I too thought I would live forever, so I often ignored some very good advice. Advice such as, “Stay out of the sun or you will get skin cancer!” Believe it or not, we all benefit from protecting our delicate outer layer from the ravages of sun, environs, systemic responses to unhealthy lifestyles and natural aging.
And youths have the most to gain since the skin’s DNA will remember for as along as that person lives, the exposure it experienced and will return the favor someday in the form of hyperpigmentation, age spots or worse, cancer. Any skin care regimen we implement will have to fight the good fight of the uphill battle against aging skin.

Is It Too Late?

So if you weren’t one of the wise ones, and you now regret those fun days in the sun, wouldn’t it be great if you could conquer some of the skin’s worst conditions without having to visit a dermatologist? In each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, there is a measure of self confidence and worth that greatly improves on the inside when we know we look good on the outside.

And my personal recommendation would be a Skin Care Regimen for the following conditions.

• Wrinkles
To effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the new Rodan and Fields ANTI-AGE Regimen for example refines skin texture, energizes skin cells, reduces the size of pores and boosts collagen thereby giving the skin a smoother, firmer, less-lined appearance. The addition of their Patent Pending AMP-MD Dermaroller micro-channeling tool with the Night Renewing Serum, which is loaded with peptides and retinol, work together as an intense anti-wrinkle treatment signaling collagen production, improving skin texture and minimizing pores. The last step in this regimen, the peptide rich Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30 has the highest concentration of collagen generating peptides in the industry!

• Age Spots
To reduce and even completely remove the skin “spotting” effects of hyper-pigmentation, age spots and sunspots is the Reverse Regimen. Dull skin, lack of radiance and dark marks can be effectively treated and reversed. What the Doctors did for acne with Proactive®, they are now doing for sun damage. Daily unprotected, incidental sun damage has cumulative effects that result in damage to the skin. FDA permitted OTC 2% hydroquinone and natural ingredients such as kojic extract, bear berry and vitamin C work to effectively and quickly brighten the skin and even skin tone. Nest, retinol and lactic acid renew the skin and enhance the brightening effects. The last step, OTC zinc oxide and UVA/UVB sun protection, add a layer that works to maintain the new and brighter look of your skin and prevent the sun’s rays from further damaging, aging or burning your skin.

• Acne
Bumps under the skin, red blemishes, oily skin, post acne marks, all such skin imperfections are painful, not to mention that they wreak havoc on one’s self esteem. Caused by clogged pores, overgrowth of bacteria and inflammation, it takes real medications in scientifically artful and skillful combination to effectively arrest and reverse the embarrassing symptoms associated with acne.
Doctors Rodan and Fields’ new Unblemish Regimen successfully brings real results in the fight against acne. FDC allowed OTC (over the counter) medicated cleanser with 3% sulfur (not to be confused with sulfa) unclogs pores and is the only medicine that can effectively reduce the redness associated with acne inflammation. Then aloe vera and chamomile are added to help calm and soothe the skin. In the toner, hydroquinone 2% helps to reduce visibility of post acne marks and salicylate acid helps remove clogged pores.

Arnica and sea whip soothe and hydrate the skin. The dual action Intensive Unblemish Treatment contains 5% benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and heal break outs in a penetrating enhancing gel. The final step in this regimen, the oil control gel, is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and uses time released oil control ingredients to reduce incidence of clogged pores. With consistent use beautiful skin is the result within your reach!

• Sensitive Skin
Rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and other skin sensitivities. Environmental aggressors can attack the skin’s outermost layer and lay an assault creating small fizzures in the skin that permit irritants in and let needed moisture out. The result is dryness, irritation, redness, patchy skin and inflammation. The Soothe Regimen successfully addresses and treats sensitive, irritated skin with Multi-Med Therapy®. The first step in the Soothe Regimen is a soap-free Cream Wash that gently cleanses the skin without drying while strengthening the natural moisture barrier leaving the skin immediately feeling smooth and soft.

Next, RFp3 peptide technology interrupts the inflammatory cascade while detoxifying peptides kill bacteria and purify the skin. RFp3 also serves as a barrier, shielding the skin against environmental irritants that trigger inflammation.  FDA allowed OTC 3.8% Dimethicone and 0.5% Allantoin are an added step to protect the skin while optical diffusers reflect light and reduce the appearance of redness. Aloe Vera, chamomile and other hydrating agents serve to nourish, calm and soothe the skin, further reducing redness.

Things you can do Yourself to Anti-Age Your Appearance

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healthy sleep positions lashem and leavemAs a 5’ 8” teenager I was constantly being told by my parents and grandparents to “stand up straight”, “don’t slump” and “stop hunching your shoulders”. At the time I found it annoying and deemed it as “nagging”.
Now, as a more mature adult I sometimes observe teens, especially girls, at a theatre or walking down the street and I have to resist saying to them, “Stand up straight” and “Don’t slump!”  “You’d be so pretty if you didn’t carry yourself that way.”

And the echo of a parent’s voice critiquing your posture?
If I see my reflection and notice my slumped posture, I immediately stand up tall and pull in that tummy! Oh, how that looks so much better. And then I wonder, “do I go around looking like that all the time?”

Yes, now sometimes when passing by that mirror I could almost swear that I see the time lapsed print of that osteo-arthritic woman on the poster in the doctor’s office. You know the one. Her hunched posture gradually worsens over time until she can only see her own feet when she walks.
Does bad posture contribute to an aged appearance? Does that lady on the poster look young to you?

Somehow a person does lose an edge off their otherwise attractive appearance when they hunch as they walk, or saunter with a heavy, clumping stride that leaves observers with the impression their shoes weigh 100 pounds a piece.
Wise younger ones will take heed. (Those of you who think I am nagging probably think you will be young and attractive forever anyway, right? I did.)


Oh, and did your relatives also constantly tell you how you were going to regret that you spent so much time tanning and burning your “hide” on the beach in summer?
“You just wait; you are going to look like leather when you get older…you are going to regret it”.  There we go again, nag, nag, nag.

Since I was fair skinned, I actually did not spend a lot of my years trying to make white turn brown and now I am so glad that I didn’t. While my girlfriends baked, I had to find shade or else suffer in immense sunburn pain by sunset if I did not seek shelter for my fair integument.
And now? In our fifties my girlfriends and I sometimes compare notes and are struck at how those of us who spent those hours baking in the sun to be fashionably brown appear to be 10-20 years older than those of us who did not.

Sleep Wrinkles

Did you know that for women, sleeping on your side creates the long lines of chest wrinkles that older women have just under that diamond necklace? The more endowed you are in the chest area the longer and deeper the “old lady” chest lines will become.
Now can you figure out what you can do at home that does not cost a dime to reduce the appearance of those lines?

You guessed it, sleeping on your back. Not only will it help reduce (and if you haven’t been doing it too long, completely eliminate) the wrinkles of side hanging “boobalege” it will also reduce facial wrinkles. (Bonus!)

Don’t believe me? Ok, ask and answer this question for yourself: which side of your body are you in the habit of sleeping on the most? Is it your left side? Look in the mirror and compare the wrinkles, lines and crows feet on the left side as compared to the right side of your face. Now look at your eyebrows. Are they asymmetrical with the left one lower or higher than the brow on the other side? Is your left cheek bone slightly lower than your right, with a barely perceptible downward asymmetry? (Or if you sleep on right side then flip the scenario to your sleeping habits.)

Retraining oneself to learn to sleep on your back all night may be a challenge but the difference you will see in your skin is well worth the effort. To assist with back sleeping, place a pillow under your knees and pillows by your sides to remind you until back sleeping becomes habit for you.
It is never too late to learn to develop good, anti-aging habits. The things we discuss in this article are free and will produce a real, anti-aging improvement in your appearance.

Try it. You will thank me later!

Jeannie Higginbotham, RN, BSN, CNOR