Getting older is a gift; however, looking older isn’t necessarily a prize everyone is looking forward to. While signs of aging are a natural part of life, some of us are willing to do everything we can to keep some semblance of our youthful appearance, especially when their onset comes sooner than we expect. From wrinkles to thinning hair and extra pounds, getting older doesn’t always help us feel our best.
To help you prevent some premature signs of aging, here are twelve tips to keep you looking your age.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines are a natural part of the aging process, and while it’s impossible to prevent any lines from showing up during your golden years, there are strategies you can start early to delay their onset.
- Wear sunscreen every day
Many people think they only need sunscreen for a day at the beach; however, sunscreen should be a regular part of your daily routine. Always apply an SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days and in the winter. You can also wear protective clothing, sun hats, and sunglasses to prevent UV rays from reaching your skin whenever you spend time outdoors.
- Maintain hydration
Maintaining hydration in your body is not only essential for good health but also helps keep your skin moisturized and supple, preventing early signs of wrinkles.
- Avoid smoking and limit alcohol
Smoking or vaping tobacco accelerates skin aging, leading to the development of wrinkles at a younger age. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates your skin, which can also lead to premature aging.
- Anti-aging skincare regimen
While you can certainly make lifestyle changes to delay wrinkles, certain skincare products can also help. Use products with retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote collagen production, making your skin feel supple. Use advanced serums that targets age spots and liver spots to restore a youthful appearance. For stubborn discoloration Polyphenol Dark Spot Diminisher serum enhances tone and radiance.
- Limit facial muscle movement
While aging plays a role in the development of wrinkles, the facial expressions and movements we make on a daily basis also contribute to the onset of fine lines. Have you ever noticed that people with Botox move their faces less? Well, that’s because the concoction blocks signals to the nerves, preventing the muscles from contracting and essentially ‘freezing’ them. This can prevent deeper lines from forming, especially when starting a Botox regimen before you develop wrinkles.
However, getting your face poked with a needle isn’t your only option. Wrinkle patches, such as those by the company Frownies, are stickers for your face in large patches to limit your facial movements in wrinkle-prone areas, i.e., your forehead and around your mouth. By limiting your facial movements, you prevent the early onset of wrinkles and fine lines.
Signs of aging
Hair thinning affects both women and men, particularly as we age and go through hormonal changes. Hair loss is another thing that is best dealt with through preventative measures, as once the hair is gone, it’s all the more difficult to get it back. If hair loss is common in your family, starting a regimen to thicken and maintain your hair before noticing signs of thinning is your best bet at keeping your luscious locks.
- Use gentle products
The world of haircare is undergoing a revolution, and lucky for you, this means you have a wealth of options when it comes to products. When looking for products, select ones that cater to your hair type and use a mild shampoo and conditioner. You should also look for products labeled as silicon, paraben, and phthalate-free to ensure you’re using only the best.
- Avoid tight hairstyles and hats
Tight hairstyles and hats pull on your hair, causing stress to your hair follicles and leading to hair breakage and loss. If you’re a frequent hat wearer, trust us, it’s not doing your hairline and scalp any favors. Additionally, those tight ponytails may look cute, but avoid styling tight hairstyles regularly to keep your hair healthy and luscious.
- Wear a bonnet
Whether you have long or short hair, protecting it at night is essential, and silk is the perfect material to do the job. While we sleep, it’s normal to do a lot of moving, tossing, and turning, but all this activity can cause long-term stress on your hair. Not only that, but it makes detangling even harder. If you have short hair, consider investing in a silk pillowcase. For those with longer manes, keep your hair protected (and style maintained!) with a bonnet suitable for your hair length.
- Utilize hair growth products
Hair growth products are making a comeback in the mainstream, with many over-the-counter options available on the market. Ingredients like minoxidil, topical finasteride, and more may reduce hair loss while promoting hair growth. By introducing these ingredients to your hair care regimen at the earliest signs of hair thinning, you may be able to maintain your hair thickness into old age.
Do you ever wonder why it seems harder to maintain your weight as you grow older? Well, you can blame your metabolism. The slowing of your metabolism is a natural part of aging. Hormonal changes, reductions in muscle mass, genetics, and more influence your metabolism, especially as you age. And while it’s impossible to avoid this entirely, there are some changes you can make to keep your metabolism the best it can be.
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
Staying active is an important part of maintaining a healthy metabolism and weight. Regular exercise, including aerobic and strength exercises, helps preserve muscle mass, boost metabolism, and maintain your overall health. You should aim for at least three hours of weekly exercise to maintain an active lifestyle.
- Eat a balanced diet
A well-rounded diet is crucial to your health but also helps maintain your metabolism. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, consume lots of protein, and make carbs the smallest part of meals to help you maintain a healthy diet.
- Sleep well
Sleep is another significant part of keeping your metabolism active. You should be getting anywhere between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and ensure you’re getting quality sleep too. Poor sleep negatively affects your metabolism and doesn’t do any favors for your mood either.
Looking and feeling your best
Remember, aging is a natural part of life, and the wrinkles and changes you go through physically are beautiful indicators of your time here on Earth. With that being said, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best. While we’ve listed some ways to combat common signs of aging, unfortunately, there is no perfect regimen for any of these aging-related changes. However, taking a few early precautions and preventative measures can give you a better chance of maintaining your look for longer.
Megan Isola holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and a minor in Business Marketing from Cal State University Chico. She enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with friends.