Let’s Face It, You’re Aging
Visible signs of aging on the face are inevitable if we are fortunate to live into our old age. No matter how undesirable they are, wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines and age spots are an inevitable part of growing older. However, some people seem to age much faster than others who retain a youthful glow and healthy looking skin into their old age. There are a variety of reasons for this, including genetics, lifestyle factors and the way that an individual treats their skin. If you are experiencing premature signs of aging and want to know why, here are five potential causes of your wrinkles that you can do something about.
Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, but they tend to underestimate the damage that smoking can do to the skin. Not only does it cause yellowing and a sallow skin tone, but smoking also causes the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. How is this possible, you might wonder? Nicotine, one of the main components of a cigarette and that which makes it most addictive, is a substance that constricts the blood vessels. This includes those which are on the outside layer of your skin. When your blood vessels are constricted, they do not receive the proper amount of circulation which aids in natural skin regeneration, causing signs of aging to appear much faster, particularly in heavy smokers.
Many of us did not have the benefit of knowing as children and young adults that long term sun exposure can cause serious skin damage, including a form of skin cancer called melanoma. As research has proven over the past few years, being exposed to the sun for long periods of time without using a device to shade yourself or sunscreen can not only cause cancer, but it can also increase the appearance of wrinkles and differences in skin pigmentation. The effect of sunlight on unprotected skin is the damage of the natural collagen in the skin which keeps it firm and smooth. Without that collagen, wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear.
It may seem to be a mere coincidence that our faces start to show our age right around the time that we hit menopause, but that is not so. Along with the heat flashes, night sweats and mood swings, menopause often brings on the appearance of new wrinkles, fine lines on the face and other signs of aging. This can be because of a significant hormonal imbalance. During menopause, our estrogen levels dip significantly. When the body is not producing the amount of estrogen it needs, it also decreases the production of collagen and elastin. Without those two key components, signs of aging become extremely visible. Hormonal changes like these can be balanced with supplements and potentially prescriptions from your doctor which may return the youthful glow to your face.
Lack of Effective Moisturization and Hydration
Most people know that staying hydrated is a key component of maintaining a healthy body. Did you know, however, that dehydration can increase premature signs of aging? When the internal body is not hydrated, this causes moisture issues with the skin. When the skin lacks the appropriate amount of moisture, it begins to dry out and sag, making fine lines and wrinkles very obvious. A topical hydration cream which restores collagen and elastin as well as regular hydration are the best remedies for this issue.
Maintaining a healthy diet is extremely important to the overall health of a person at any age, but what you put in your body has a dramatic effect on your skin. You can prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet and other age related skin issues by consuming foods and beverages that contain healthy amounts of antioxidants and isoflavones, which encourage the body and skin to maintain their restorative qualities. Blueberries, dark greens and red wine are three delicious components of a diet loaded with antioxidants which promotes good health.
It’s A Part Of Life
It is important to remember that signs of aging are a part of life. It is likely that you have earned each wrinkle and line on your face through years of hard work and dedication. You are still beautiful inside and out, no matter what signs of age are being displayed on your face. However, these tips can help you to feel better about maintaining the integrity of your skin and protecting yourself from future signs of aging.
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