Your face is the first thing people see when you approach them. Unfortunately, as you start to grow older, your facial skin begins to show outward signs of aging, taking away that youthful glow and firmness. The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent or delay the natural aging process.
Surgical and Non-Surgical Measures
If you already have prominent wrinkles appearing on the skin, a healthy diet, drinking more water and refraining from partaking in bad habits can help slow the aging process, but they won’t reverse the already visible signs. Luckily, there are other ways to smooth away wrinkles. Board-certified doctors specialize in facial plastic surgery, like Dr. Binder. If going under the knife frightens you, you can use over-the-counter wrinkle creams that contain ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, hydroxyl acids and coenzyme. While they won’t instantly reduce the wrinkles, they can over time help to diminish their appearance and soft and firm the skin.
Eating foods such as lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains gives your skin the nutrients it needs to sustain health. Vitamin C found in a variety of fruits and vegetables is high in antioxidants. By taking in vitamin C daily, you will improve the production of collagen and prevent damage caused by free radicals and UV radiation. This will allow you to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and maintain firmer, plumper skin.
Benefits of Exercise and Your Skin
Exercise is something that everybody needs. It offers so many benefits including a toned, firm body, healthier immune system, slowing of the natural aging process and is a great way to relieve stress. Regular exercise performed at the gym or at home can also help you achieve a healthy glow and maintain higher levels of the hormone cortisol for clearer, more youthful skin.
Eliminate Bad Habits
Bad habits such as drinking in excess and doing drugs can all enhance the aging process and make you appear older than you are. This is because the nutrients, carried through the blood; specifically, vitamin A, become less effective. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant that benefits the skin and helps your body with the production of new cells. The creation of collagen, necessary for your skin’s elasticity, is also lowered, leaving your skin saggy, and with noticeable wrinkles and fine lines.
Drink More Water
Water is a natural cleanser for the body and it can help reduce the signs of aging. When you don’t properly hydrate the skin, due to a lack of water, it turns from soft and supple to dry, flaky and irritated. Once the dryness presents itself the skin then prunes and produces wrinkles.
Protect Your Skin Outdoors
Most women wear makeup when they go to work. However, many people forget about the importance of sunscreen. It doesn’t have to be summertime for the sun’s UV rays to cause damage to your skin. Wearing SPF 30 or higher daily, every day of the year, protects the skin preventing further damage and as such, allows the skin to heal itself and sustain a healthier, youthful look.
Your face is exposed every day and the first thing anyone sees. Thankfully, there are many ways to sustain a healthy appearance, reduce or eliminate wrinkles, fine lines and age spots and keep it firms and fuller.