Aging is a normal experience that affects everyone. As you age, the appearance of your skin changes. While some aging is natural and cannot be changed, some lifestyle changes and minimally invasive treatments may help.
We compiled this list of things that you can do to help reduce the appearance of aging.
Use Proper Sun Protection
It is likely that when you think about protecting yourself from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of the sun, you think about preventing skin cancer. But, did you know that proper sun protection can also reduce the aging of the skin?
Over time, too much exposure to the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays can damage the collagen in your skin. It can also reduce the production of new collagen, which results in wrinkles and sagging skin. Other long-term effects of UV exposure over time can cause skin redness and uneven skin tone.
Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours and after sweating or swimming. It is also important to note that the sun can produce damaging rays on cloudy days too!
So, apply that sunscreen, wear that hat, and put on those sunglasses.
Drink Plenty of Water
Proper hydration is essential for overall good health because water aids in a variety of necessary body functions like digestion, absorption, excretion, and circulation. Your skin is an organ too, and skin cells also need water to work correctly.
Unfortunately, water that you consume will reach your skin after it reaches all of your other organs – so when you don’t drink enough water, your skin will suffer.
So, you want to be sure you are drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. You should also apply a moisturizing lotion within just a few minutes of leaving the shower, which allows for better absorption of the moisture into your skin.
Regular exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It builds muscle, supports a healthy immune system, helps keep your heart healthy, and more.
Everyone knows that smoking isn’t good for your health in several ways, but did you know that it can cause premature wrinkles to your face and other parts of your body?
Cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes your blood vessels in the outer layers of your skin to narrow. This side effect prevents your skin from getting the necessary amounts of oxygen and nutrients that it needs.
Cigarette smoke also contains over 4,000 chemicals, which damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. This exposure makes your skin lose elasticity, which creates premature wrinkles.
Eat a Healthy Diet
As you age, free radicals attach to your cells from a variety of sources. Over time, your body’s fighting capabilities can get overwhelmed from being exposed to too many free radicals. Eating an unhealthy diet is another way that new free radicals are generated and damage your skin.
A few examples of skin-loving foods that are great to incorporate into your healthy diet:
- Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps protect against sun damage.
- Mangoes, papaya, and apricots contain carotenoids, which are full of pigment and give your skin a rosy glow.
- Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which smooth fine lines and attract water to skin cells.
- Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production.
- Spinach and other leafy greens contain folate, which helps maintain and repair DNA and prevent cancer cell growth.
In addition to the above preventive measures, we also recommend retinol and exfoliation treatments. Here at Aspire Plastic Surgery, we offer Diamond Glow treatments and dermaplaning procedures. We also offer a complete line of SkinMedica® products that you can use at home.
In addition to following some of the other tips we shared, receiving a combination of these services and products may also help you minimize the appearance of aging.
Consider Treatments for Skin Damage
Several other procedures also offered at Aspire Plastic Surgery can help you reduce the appearance of aging.
Botox and other injectable fillers are also available.
Schedule a Consultation with Aspire Plastic Surgery
To discuss an upcoming procedure to reduce the appearance of aging on your skin, you can schedule a consultation with us in our Fort Wayne, Indiana office. We are currently offering virtual and in-person options for the convenience and safety of our clients.