Anti Aging Skin Care Tips

Who here has wished they had younger looking skin??? I’m betting that you, as well as the majority of the world, answered a resounding “yes” to this question (myself included). As much as we can take great care of ourselves, visible aging can start as early as we blow out our 30th birthday candle. If you are lucky enough to have won the genetic lottery, you might be safe for now.  However, as we continue to age, our habits will determine how graceful, or quickly, the aging process can happen.

Before you jump to any conclusions, there are some factors we don’t have any real control over, and some we do. Our Estrogen levels that could lead to drooping skin and genetics that determine our bone structure are almost completely out of our control. The good news is that there are plenty of external factors we can work on to help ease the damage; and we should be exercising the correct anti-aging regimen now to prepare for the years ahead.

Anti-Aging Enemies:

Our good “Frenemy,” the sun.

Everyone knows the power of those 70 degree plus days, coupled with clear blue skies… or those vacation days spent lounging by the pool or beach with a good book firmly planted at our side. We all know we should should be wearing some sort of protection, but how many of us actually do? Or, how about those cloudy days, time spent sitting in our car, or our offices; we don’t feel in danger, right? Wrong. We are exposed to UV rays ALL of the time. While we are indoors we may not be exposed to the stereotypically harmful UVB rays, but can still be exposed to UVA rays through windows and clouds. In the winter time, when we are bundled up, our faces and necks are exposed to ambient and infrared light; which have the potential to form age spots.

Most dermatologists agree that the UV exposure from the sun is the leading enemy to youthful looking skin. The ultraviolet rays pose a silent but serious, and consistent, threat in many ways. Common effects from UV rays include: 

  • Damage to our elastin (the connective tissue that helps our skin return to it’s original form)
  • A loss of collagen (which turns in to sagging)
  • A soft jawline that causes those dreaded wrinkles.

Even though we all love that sun-kissed feel on our skin, the excess exposure without protection, will accelerate our aging, much faster than we naturally should. 

It should go without saying that UV exposure in the forms of both UVA and UVB are pretty much unavoidable. However, having the knowledge of how much damage the sun causes, we can, and should do what we can to protect ourselves from over-exposure.  In our modern day, there really aren’t any good excuses to not wear protection in the form of SPF (Sun Protection Factor), as a lot of modern make-up bases and moisturizing lotions come with UV protection built in to the formula. The target SPF that we should be looking for in our product is 30 SPF for our faces, ears and necks. However, very often cosmetics don’t meet the 30 SPF target. This is still no excuse to not use a product with no SPF, as having any SPF in your product is better than going completely without.

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Our Diet

Your skin may be the largest organ on your body, but you shouldn’t forget that what you “put in to it” is just as important as what you “put on it.”  In other words, your diet will affect the aging process.

The best advice I’ve gotten time and time again it is to eat plenty of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.  These should come from more organic sources and include:

  • Olive Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil, or Ground Flaxseed
    (which can be used as toppings on your favorite veggies or salads)
  • Fish such as Tuna or Salmon
  • Leafy Vegetables such as Romaine Lettuce, Spinach and Kale.
    ***Remember the “greener” the lettuce, the more vitamins it usually contains.
***Pro tip – Using supplements such as Fish Oil are an easy and convenient way to get important fats, helping to protect you’re skin’s moisture.

Cutting back on processed foods should also be on the list.  Processed foods typically contain high amounts of sugars, salts and preservatives.  These ingredients promote inflammation; processes that can damage your body’s natural regeneration of cells. And what’s the largest organ on our body again where we don’t want inflammation? That’s correct, our skin.

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Stress

We’ve all heard, and know, how bad stress is for us. However, we rarely think about the major toll we pay in regards to our skin. Stress can contribute in a big way to aging our skin and our body as a whole. Stress releases cortisol hormone which destroys your skin, along with the rest of your health. High cortisol is directly linked to weight gain, a flushed face and acne. Lowering your cortisol levels will actually promote regeneration of your skin cells, essentially allowing your body to repair itself. So remember, lowering your stress will lower your cortisol production; leaving you feeling and looking healthier.

With all our work commitments, family issues and social life issue we have, stress is an unavoidable part of life. And because stress is unavoidable, we need to prioritize managing it. Easy ways you can help do this is to get a message, get in a great workout or get a great night’s sleep.  This will help us in the long-run as we look to keep our skin from showing premature signs of aging.

Sleep

How many us actually get enough sleep? Not getting enough sleep causes stress and harm the regeneration of your skin cells. Have you ever heard of “beauty sleep”…it’s called this for a reason!  The body is dependent on sleep for energy and rejuvenation. During a restful night’s sleep your body will have a chance to regenerate itself from our everyday routines. Here’s some key benefits from getting your 6-8 hours:

  • Natural decrease of cortisol levels (as we talked about with stress)
  • Repair of our body’s collagen (a key protein in skin repair) as well as our elastic tissue.
  • Produce more human growth hormone, which helps stimulate cell production, keeping our skin thick.

When we don’t sleep, we are depriving our body, and skin the chance to  heal. While we sleep, our skin cells produce more antioxidants in anticipation of the next day. These antioxidants can help reduce the damages done from the daily UV rays.

Use a great moisturizer

Daily moisturizing is a wonder in protecting yourself against dry, cracking skin. You should be applying production immediately after you dry off from your shower to seal in the moisture your skin just received.

Show extra attention to your hands when moisturizing, since they tend to be the first signs of how your skin is aging. Make sure you splurge on a quality, rich moisturizer (preferably with SPF protection). I tend to have moisturizer in my office, my car’s console and on my nightstand.

Bottom Line

While there can be so many wonderful things about getting older, wrinkles and sagging definitely are not included. By being proactive of the tips we are sharing, will help you keep your youthful skin from your 20’s and 30’s, well in to the rest of your life. And be sure to remember the importance of purchasing product with a good broad-level of SPF. With the amount of exposure you are receiving just by everyday living, this is an amazingly huge factor in how your skin will look over time.