Aging happens. There’s no way around it. Here we are, looking good until we hit our mid-30s and – boom! – we start seeing little signs that let us know we’re getting older and that our body is not invincible.
It’s disheartening but inevitable. Our bones start hurting, we get tired faster, and our skin starts to show a bit of wear and tear.
But while aging is something we can’t escape, we can help our skin stay younger looking for a longer period of time by doing certain things…and not doing others.
There are a number of lifestyle factors that affect our skin, and adjusting our habits means we can delay those Botox® injections, thread lifts, and other procedures perhaps just a bit longer.
- Sun – That big yellow ball in the sky is the thing that is most often responsible for the premature aging of our skin. UV radiation from the sun causes all sorts of problems including depigmentation, wrinkles, texture changes (skin appears leathery), and loss of elasticity. Of course, constant and prolonged exposure to the sun causes pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions as well. While both UVA and UVB rays are dangerous, it’s the UVB rays that you primarily want to block. Happily, that’s pretty easy to do though few of us do it to the best of our ability. Sunscreen is a MUST as is protective clothing for those who are especially prone to sunburn. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 30, even if you’re already tan. Don’t forget to reapply after swimming or other rigorous activity. And stay out of the sun between noon and 4 pm.
- Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Tobacco smoke makes collagen production slow down to a near crawl. It also increases the production of a substance known as MMP, which breaks down any collagen that is present and also decreases skin’s elasticity. If you know anyone who’s smoked for some time, chances are you’ve viewed quite a lot of premature aging in their face. So, though you can’t always make up for what you’ve lost while smoking, ceasing the habit can help stop the aging effects brought on by tobacco in particular.
- Sleeping positions – Are you a stomach sleeper? A side sleeper? Well, experts say that the best way to keep from getting wrinkles on your face is to sleep on your back. You know those sleep lines/creases you sometimes see on your face when you wake up and look in the mirror? Studies show that they accelerate wrinkle formation.
- Hydration – Water, water, water. Drink plenty of it! It’s good for a lot of things including your skin and your digestion. Most experts agree that about 1.5 liters per day is a good amount. Beware, however, of the dangers of drinking too much water, like a severe drop of sodium in your body, which can lead to numerous problems.
If you’re doing your best to keep your younger skin but you feel as if age is still winning the battle, talk to your aesthetician about simple, non-invasive procedures that can give your skin…and your self-esteem…that extra boost.