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Facing up to the facts about aging



Crow's feet and laugh lines starting to appear? As we add years to our life, the building blocks of strong skin and bones start to weaken, betraying our age. We talked with esthetician Carolyn Racke at Pharmaca - San Francisco about keeping your skin looking younger with proper nutrition and prevention.

Issue: Weakening cartilage and bones
Just like the rest of the skeleton, the bones and cartilage in the face can lose mass and density, changing bone structure and your appearance. As you might expect, Carolyn recommends a strong dose of calcium. "For women, it's especially important to be taking a multivitamin that includes a good amount of calcium," she says, recommending New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily.

"I actually recommend having your doctor do a bone density scan," says Carolyn. "A lot of women who think they're healthy actually have weak bones." If that's the case, make sure you're supplementing with additional calcium. (Check your store events page to find out if bone density scans are available at your Pharmaca.)

Issue: Collagen and elastin breaking down
Collagen begins to diminish rapidly after the age of 30 (1 percent per year, says Carolyn), which creates a loss of firmness and elasticity. "Our cells don't turn over as quickly, which leads to wrinkles," says Carolyn. She recommends Natural Factors BioSil, a great internal addition that can help generate collagen, elastin and keratin, and helps strengthen bones and joints.

Sun exposure also can speed up the break down of collagen. "One of the most important things is to protect your skin from the sun," says Carolyn. Even in the winter months, make sure you're adding a sunblock into your daily routine. A Pharmaca favorite-Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30.

Issue: Fat loses volume and structure
Our faces may be the one place where we'd rather not lose fat. As fat cells lose plumpness and structure, they can shift and sag. While it may not be possible to stop this process, you may be able to slow it with essential fatty acids from fish oil or evening primrose oil. "Evening primrose is also good for balancing your hormones, which can aid in other skin issues," says Carolyn.

For more advice about keeping your skin looking younger, longer, speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today.
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