How to prevent skin aging

By Malu Fernandez

As we get older our skin like our bodies begin to change, though some signs of aging may be more apparent than others. Some are due to genetics and some are on how we treat our skin on a daily basis.

In your 30s: The sun spots start to appear and fine lines near your eyes become more prominent. If your one of those who never wore sunblock this is payback time for sun damage.

In your 40s: Crow’s feet start to set in, wrinkles on the forehead become more prominent and broken capillaries or brown spots may show up on the cheeks. If your a smoker this type of skin damage is inevitable and will look worse as you age.

In your 50s: Frown lines on the forehead become more prominent, and marionette lines around the mouth become evident . Most women in their 50’s are in or will be in menopause which dries out the skin making the wrinkles look more evident.

In your 60s: the fat in your face diminishes and your skin begins to sag, fine lines are pronounced and those tiny sunspots may end up like patches or blotches.

Skin aging, like most physiological phenomena, is the result of many things. But their are other factors on skin aging that factor in, in our daily life.

Sweet tooth

If you have a sweet tooth beware the sugar in your body affects the natural collagen and elastin in your skin which leads to sagging and wrinkles.

Not only should you avoid sweets but complex carbs as well. Complex carbs break down to sugar and have the same effect.

Frequent flying

It’s simple logic when you fly you are closer to the sun , and those rays penetrate the windows. Plus the air inside the airplane is intensely dry. Think of your skin like leather being dried out when your on a plane.

Preventive measures: Hydrate with as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating; and apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective. And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.

Stress

Stress increases production of the hormone cortisol, which can damage the natural collagen and elastin that your skin needs to stay firm. Also when stressed we have a tendency to frown and the lines in our forehead become more pronounced.

Preventive measures: Get stress and anxiety under control by exercising regularly. Meditative exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi, and brisk walking can help balance stress.

Yoyo dieting

Gaining weight can make your skin look plumper on the surface, but carrying excess weight can cause your body’s levels of insulin and cortisol to rise, which can break down collagen. When your body weight continues to fluctuate up and down it can take its toll on the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and sagging around the neck and jowls.

Preventive measures: Maintain a healthy body weight.

 Lack of sleep

The term beauty sleep is a fact. Your skin needs a chance to repair itself overnight. Without enough deep sleep, the skin can’t properly undo daily damage. In addition , lack of sleep causes your body to release stress hormones that affect the skin.

Preventive measures: Sleep seven to eight hour

Alcohol and illegal drugs

Alcohol and illegal dugs will ruin your face. The toxins in the drugs will kill the circulation and dry up your skin just like alcohol.

Preventive measures: Drink moderately or not at all, and stay away from illegal drugs.

In today’s culture we are extremely body conscious and aware of how to take care of our bodies. We are well informed on what Is considered nutritious and healthy and what is deemed bad nutrition or junk food. We shop at organic markets and buy profit at pricey health food shops. Everything we do affects our face and our skin, from sun exposure to the ad around us and what we eat. A healthy lifestyle is the key to a great physique and good skin but sometimes it isn’t enough. We need to prevent sun damage and exposure to harsh elements as well. Just keep things simple, you can use the adage of garbage in garbage out. If you put bad things in your body its bound to show up somewhere other than your hips. Take care of your skin with as much enthusiasm as your body otherwise what good is a sexy body on a wrinkled face?

One Response to How to prevent skin aging

  1. Kevlyn says:

    Unbeilvaeble how well-written and informative this was.

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