The causes of skin aging
There are many factors that contribute to skin aging. While some of them you can’t control (genetics, in particular), others are lifestyle choices that, while they may be very tempting and enjoyable, accelerate the aging process. Here’s a list of the most common:
- Sun exposure – it breaks down collagen and elastin in your skin.
- Pollution – it’s bad for your hair AND your skin!
- Smoking – all those toxins damage the blood vessels in your skin and cause premature aging.
- Poor diet – some foods are high in antioxidants, which can help prevent wrinkles; others have a lot of sugar, which can cause sagging and puffiness.
- Stress – when you’re stressed out, it causes a release of cortisol; this increases inflammation throughout your body including making collagen breakdown more likely to happen (which leads back to wrinkles).
- Fatigue / lack of sleep – just like stress or too much alcohol consumption will dehydrate you from within by releasing adrenaline into our bloodstreams when we’re wired up at night (and potentially eating junk food) instead of sleeping peacefully through until morning light hits us brightly on our faces with fresh air coming through open windows…and so on…and so forth…until we get back into bed again 🙂
When to start the anti-aging cream?
There’s an old saying that goes, “Youth is wasted on the young.” It means that when you’re younger, you don’t really appreciate how great it is to have smooth, wrinkle-free skin. But as you age and your skin starts to display signs of aging (e.g., dryness, fine lines and wrinkles), then you’ll wish you’d done something about it earlier.
That’s why it’s important for men and women in their 30s to take steps toward preserving their youthful appearance. Prevention is far better than cure, especially since the cure can be expensive and painful—not to mention risky if the procedure doesn’t go well.
So what are some of the most effective ways to prevent skin aging? For starters, never leave your home without applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (preferably more). Even on cloudy days or indoors (or outdoors with shade), sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays that cause sun damage, which accelerates the process of skin aging. In addition, always moisturize your face twice daily: once after washing in the morning and once before bedtime at night. The right facial cream will help keep your skin hydrated so that wrinkles won’t form as quickly or easily, giving off a healthy appearance for longer periods of time.
- Choosing according to skin type
The main thing to consider when choosing an anti-aging facial cream is the condition of your skin. You need to know your skin type: dry, mixed or oily. Dry and sensitive skins should be hydrated with basic creams, while mixed and oily skins will require anti-aging creams made with more fluid textures that are rapidly absorbed into the skin.
- Choosing according to age
If you have young skin (up until 40 years), opt for a light facial cream that protects against UV rays and can serve as a makeup base. These types of creams help prevent wrinkles while slowing down the aging process. If you have a mature complexion (from 40 years on), choose a rich cream to moisturize your skin effectively, particularly around your eyes and mouth where lines tend to appear first.
How to apply an anti-aging cream?
- In the morning and evening, apply your anti-aging cream with upward movements on cleansed skin.
- Apply your anti-aging cream in the morning to protect against external aggressors (UV rays and pollution) which are harmful for the skin.
- During the evening, apply your anti-aging cream to fight against stress, fatigue and hormonal variations which age you skin during the night.
- Your anti-aging cream should be applied over the entire face: from the forehead to the décolleté, as well as above your lips where wrinkles often appear.
Learn how to fight the effects of aging.
As we age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. And with the loss of these qualities, it is less able to retain moisture, making it more susceptible to damage. The most significant contributor to this thinning of the skin is sun exposure. Which means that the younger you start protecting your skin from those harmful rays, the better off you’ll be.
Another key factor in preventing aging skin is using the right products. This is where finding a suitable skincare regimen comes into play. As each individual reacts differently to various ingredients found in skincare products, there are no hard-and-fast rules for choosing one that’s right for you—so use trial and error until you discover something that works well with your body chemistry and lifestyle. Once you find what works for you, keep at it! Consistency is key when it comes to any skincare regimen.
It’s also important to know how to properly apply your skincare products so that they can be effective and penetrate deep into the layers of the epidermis where they will do their best work against aging skin (and wrinkles).