The Ultimate Guide to Fighting the Signs of Aging!

Has there ever been a time in human history where we weren’t concerned with the effects of aging? Did our ancient ancestors care about the appearance of wrinkles? About the dulling color of our skins? 

I’m pretty sure they did. But we do seem to be getting more and more worried about it all the time. However, if you’re particularly worried about the aging of your skin, there is plenty you can do to help yourself out. 

The case against Botox

When confronted with aging skin, a lot of people become tempted to jump to Botox. You may have heard about this stuff before without realizing precisely what it is. Essentially, it’s the modern replacement of a facelift (though people do still get those!). A protein called botulinum toxin is injected into areas of the face. It paralyzes facial muscles, reducing the likelihood of wrinkles. Botox is the commercial name of the protein when it is used in this process.

Of course, I don’t want to tell you not to get Botox injections if you really think it will improve your life. But I will make three quick points about this process that will hopefully make you consider other, healthier options.

The first, and most obvious, is that Botox is very expensive. And as a cosmetic treatment, it won’t be covered by any medical insurance. The second is that the buying of Botox funds the kind of companies that profit from making people feel bad about how they look. And the third is that people can always tell when someone has had Botox injections. Don’t believe otherwise! It gives you a very distinct, “stiff” look that is easily identifiable as the result of Botox. (Imagre from Flickr)

Consider changes in your lifestyle

One of the biggest contributors to the signs of aging? An unhealthy lifestyle! In fact, it’s undoubtedly the biggest contributor. What we usually associate with “unsightly” aging are usually just results of damaging diets and activities.

Ever seen an interview with one of those people who have lived past the age of one hundred? Sure, they always look old, but quite often they don’t look much older than someone in their seventies might. And what about youthful-looking seventy-year-olds? The ones who don’t look much older than fifty? How do they do that?

The fact is that the things that help you live longer are also the things that help you stay looking younger. What we associate with “younger” are usually just signs of good health. So you need to put a lot of focus on what you’re doing in your life now. Are you a smoker? Smoking prematurely ages skin in a dramatic way. Are you drinking enough water every day? Eating enough fruit and vegetables? You need all that moisture and all those minerals to keep your skin looking bright and healthy!

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Relax more! But also exercise more!

This is actually a continuation of the previous section. But it really deserves its own section because people underestimate its effects even more. The effects of what, you ask? Relaxation. You’ve probably heard it before: stress is one of the most dangerous things your body can be subjected to. And yet so many of us are putting ourselves under a lot of stress every day. So how does stress affect skin? You may think that it causes you to frown a lot, which exacerbates wrinkling around the forehead. And you’re actually right! But it also puts particular strain on a number of cells in your body. This all contributes to aging signs in other skin areas, too.

So make sure you take the time to relax. You should also make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. When you’re asleep, the body is taking that time to regenerate itself. It may not feel like it when you wake up, though! If you’re feeling groggy every morning, it means you’re probably not sleeping enough. Try working on that.

Having said that, you should also spend more time exercising. Yes, I know that exercise isn’t exactly “relaxing”. And, in fact, it can often be a source of stress! That’s all short-term, though. In the long-term, exercise helps you sleep better and feel less stressed. It also promotes blood circulation. This helps make sure the nutrients your skin needs are appropriately delivered.

Don’t be afraid to look into helpful products

A lot of people want to go down a completely “natural” route when it comes to fighting the aging process. They seem to think that things like anti-aging creams are basically akin to injecting Botox. This, of course, isn’t really the case! Some of those products you see advertised on television do actually work quite well.

Of course, you should understand that everyone’s skin is different. What works for some people doesn’t always work for others. But these things aren’t permanent and expensive fixtures like cosmetic surgery or injections! This means that you have the freedom to experiment with different products to see what will work best for your skin.

Something as simple a daily facial moisturizer can keep your skin cells feisty and healthy. After all, dry skin is damaged skin! If it contains aloe vera, that’s a good sign. You can also look into more advanced products, too. Something like hyaluronic acid serum could also work wonders for your skin. Hyaluronic acid might sound scary, but it’s actually a cushioning and lubricating substance that is naturally occurring in our bodies!

Using sunscreen also helps to prevent skin's aging by protecting it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Try speaking to an expert

People sometimes think that the only “expert” they could speak to here is a cosmetic surgeon. But this isn’t true! The main goal of a cosmetic surgeon’s consultation is to get you to buy surgery. You’re much better off going with neutral, medically-expert party. And yes, I am talking about going to a doctor.

You can speak to your physicist about these kinds of worries. They may point you in the direction of a dermatologist. (A “skin doctor”, in layman’s terms.) Dermatologists will always help you explore non-surgical options. They may even be able to recommend you specific products and lifestyle changes based on your particular skin structure. Don’t be afraid to look into medical treatments they may suggest, like microdermabrasion. Something like that can be done at home or with a doctor.

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