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Skincare class sheds light on daily health

If you’re close to 60 or older, you understand the disconnect between your own perception of your age and your actual age. It’s easy being a beauty at 16, but at 60, it takes some care and work.

Sheila Osborne gave away some of the secrets for ageless skin recently in a class here in Sun City.

“We can’t buy new skin,” Osborne advised. “It’s hard to sort through all those skin products.”

Osborne has had over 30 years’ experience working with skin products and teaching classes on make up and skin care.

“I want to give you products that you can use at home, avoid the cost and get the convenience,” she said.

Left: Before. Right: After. (Photos provided)

Left: Before. Right: After. (Photos provided)

“You start to age when you stop growing. As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin,” said Osborne. “There are four S’s you need to avoid: sun, smoke, stress, and soap.”

She advised the women that “Washing with soap everyday can make your skin dry, irritated, and weak and destroys the natural barrier that your skin has to ward off germs.”

Osborne demonstrated the impact of the 4 S’s on our skin, using a black light, which shows our skin’s imperfections. When skin is exposed to damage from the sun, cells deform and die, and dangerous clusters can form. But while sun damage, like freckles, are easy to spot, most of the damage is not seen.

Using the black light, Osborne could see and show us that the spots where the skin did not reflect UV light looked dark.

Osborne advised that “your skin is cleaned twice a day: morning and night” with a gentle cleanser.

When washing one’s face, Osborne advised, “Do not ignore the rinse cycle – use a toner after cleansing. Exfoliate every one to two days.” She further suggested using moisturizer in the morning to protect and at night to prevent.

The results from the event were quite visible, according to Pat Lau.

“It looks like I took an iron to the face and took out the wrinkles,” she said.

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