After the age of 25, it’s typical for women to begin losing skin elasticity and firmness. For many women, this is proverbially (and dramatically), “the beginning of the end”. Age is just a number, or so you’ve been told. While aging is a natural part of life, the timing always seems a little off. What you see in the mirror doesn’t match the vision you have of yourself. You want to look youthful because that is exactly how you feel! So, what can you do to reduce the wear and tear that comes along with aging? A lot, actually. But, before we dive into the remedies, first, let’s look at some of the main causes of wrinkles:
Does talking about stress make you stressed? Take a deep breath. Although there isn’t a linear cause and effect between stress and pre-mature aging, studies do show that stress encourages inflammation in the body. What’s the body’s largest organ? Skin. And it is SENSITIVE, especially to stress. In fact, your skin is often the first to respond to stress because of its close relationship with the brain and its connection to your immune system. When your skin senses something is off, it responds accordingly. What’s more, stress can be environmental, meaning, the air you breathe, the food you eat, and exposure to the sun can all wreak havoc on your skin.
2. Sun Exposure
It’s true, you’ve been exposed. Your skin is super vulnerable, even in seemingly brief moments outdoors. Are you going for a quick jog down the street? Are you taking a call outdoors? Are you sitting on the patio chatting with friends? Unless you’re deliberately sitting out in the sun, you often forget that even the shortest time outside can lead to unwanted exposure. The face is extremely sensitive to the sun, and long-term exposure to UV rays has shown a strong correlation to pre-mature skin aging.
As adults, our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. When you’re dehydrated, your cells fight to maintain their vigor, and struggle to keep you feeling healthy and energized. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and therefore it needs to stay hydrated to look its best and function at peak levels. As a baseline for maintaining hydration, doctors recommend consuming at least 8 cups of water each day. If you’re active, sweat a lot, or live in hot climates, you should be consuming well above the baseline recommendation.
4. Poor Skincare Regimen
When you’re young, you don’t think too hard about your skincare regimen unless you’re forced to. And at that point, you’re not concerned about wrinkles. All you care about is acne, so you apply topical creams and astringents that dry out your skin. It isn’t until you reach your mid-twenties that you become more insistent on moisturizing and taking preventative measures against lines and wrinkles. It must be true what they say, “youth is often wasted on the young”. With all that said, it isn’t too late to rejuvenate your skin and minimize the damage caused by natural wear and tear. It’s all in your control. Start here (link to product page) with a regimen designed for youthful, vibrant looking skin.