There are very few people, indeed, who don’t worry at all about the signs of aging. We want to look younger, more vital, and stronger for as long as we can. Most of us aren’t ready to let a too-noticeable wrinkle here and there start to undermine that just yet.
However, if you believe that going under the knife is the only way to fight back those signs of aging, you are going to be sorely mistaken at the end of it. Here are a few non-surgical options to make sure that you’re utilizing all the tools at your disposal.
It’s All About Nutrition
The most frequent signs of aging, such as dry skin, wrinkles, sags, and such, aren’t just a matter of how old you are. They’re a matter of chemistry, with various substances playing their part under the skin’s surface. Topping up on those surfaces is what skin nutrition and looking naturally beautiful is all about. Making sure you get your fill of Vitamin A (which regulates collage production), Vitamin B (which increases immunity and ceramide levels in the skin), and Vitamin C (important for skin repair) is very important. Antioxidants defend against free radicals, molecules that attack healthy cells and age them all the faster, can be found in leafy greens and most colorful vegetables, as well.
Don’t Forget to Hydrate
Dry skin is more than just uncomfortable. It can contribute to a range of other issues like itching and flakiness, both of which can suck that important nutrition out of your skin and can even quicken the appearance of wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water is going to help hydrate your whole, but there’s more you can do to hydrate your skin directly. Using hydrating face masks and skin creams is always a good idea, and you should avoid ingredients like kaolin, parfum, charcoal, tea tree oil, and salicylic acid which can do the exact opposite, drying your skin out. Topical creams that make use of ceramides and lipids can help maintain the integrity of your skin, by increasing the moisture content beneath the dermis, as well. This keeps your skin pliable and reduces the aging effects of inflammation.
Be Careful of That Sun
Excessive exposure to the sun and sun damage can undo all your efforts if you’re not careful. In fact, UV rays account for more than 4/5ths of all skin cell aging, while half of us don’t use sunscreen on a daily basis. That’s a lot of unnecessary aging going on. The UV radiation in the sun’s rays cause wrinkling, spotting, and loss of elasticity. Of course, there’s one way to make sure that you’re fully protected: just use the right SPF of sunscreen. The latest sunscreens can do more than just stop the UV radiation from reaching your skin, it can also hydrate your skin. Don’t think you’re safe if you’re sticking indoors, either. UV rays penetrate glass so you could be suffering the same damage sitting by the window. Take no chances, protect your skin every day.
Sit Back and Relax
Many of us are well aware that expressive faces tend to age faster. Smile lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, there are all examples of “lines of activity”. However, how are we supposed to avoid of fix them? Are we supposed to stop laughing and smiling? The answer could, instead, be a simple non-surgical injection. Injection treatments like the Botox lip flip are getting a lot smarter. We’re targeting areas directly affected by those lines of activity and freezing the muscles that cause those lines to appear temporarily. As the skin undergoes less stress from the expression, the lines start to disappear. However, as precise as they are, Botox treatments from trustworthy professionals do not come with the “frozen face” effect quite like they used to.
Fight the Sag
If there are “lines of activity”, then it only makes sense that there are “lines of rest”, right? Our skin has connective tissue that starts to break down over time, often caused in part by excess exposure to UV radiation. They break down often because the supply of hyaluronic acid that keeps them strong and firm is depleted. Dermal fillers can immediately add some volume and rejuvenation to areas affected by those lines of rest, but now they’re starting to include the hyaluronic acid needed to ensure their recovery, as well. Again, injection treatments are simple, non-surgical procedures, so you can just leave as soon as they’re done.
Caffeinate, but a Little Differently
Did you know that caffeine is actually quite good for your skin? This isn’t a suggestion to start pounding a double espresso every half-hour, however. There is a way to get the benefits of caffeine into your skin without wiring yourself to the moon. Caffeine combats against inflammation, which is a big cause of premature ageing. Rather than drinking coffee, you should look out for skincare products that contain caffeine and apply them topically.
Get up and Move
It’s a tip that’s seemingly ubiquitous, regardless of what health or beauty problem you’re trying to solve, but it’s entirely true that exercise helps you look gorgeous. This includes fighting the signs of aging. Exercise improves blood flow, ensuring that oxygen and all the nutrients carried in your blood cells get around the body, including to your skin. Like antioxidants, increased blood flow is also good at combating the free radicals that cause premature signs of aging. Furthermore, stress only ages you faster, and exercise is not only a great outlet for stress, it produces the happy neurotransmitters, like endorphins, that help you stay less stress in general. Exercise knocks years off your body, not just in your skin, but in your joints, muscles, and beyond.
If you’re not fond of the idea of surgery, but you still want to make sure that you’re doing what you can keep looking as young as you feel, just follow the tips above. You can’t hold it off forever, but you can make sure that you look dang good, whatever age you may be.