Ok, you’re on the “A” list – all the right invitations to all the right parties and events. You have the wardrobe that’s designed to show you have a true sense of style. And you’ve been putting in time at the health club to get your body in the best shape it’s been in years.
But there’s one thing you don’t want, and that’s giving away your age to people. Because there are telltale signs your body gives off when you walk into a crowded event that says, “I look older than I am.”
Where are Those Signs of Aging?
So what type of signals does your body give off that broadcasts “old” when you’re really not? Even if you’re in your 20’s, your body’s age signs are there. They may start at the top, with fine line wrinkles on your forehead. Your eyes are another giveaway, with dark circles under your eyes, droopy eyelids, and crow’s feet on the sides.
Your nose, cheeks and lips also aging clues. Tiny blood vessels can start appearing on your nose; your cheeks lose their plumpness, and your lips shrink and develop lip lines. And if you drink from straws or smoke, the problem can be even worse.
Your neck is another sign of aging. Skin begins to lose its elasticity under the chin and in the upper neck area. And if you’ve exposed your neck to sunlight without using a high SPF sunscreen, you’ll notice the problem a lot sooner.
Hands, knees and elbows are also places where premature aging can appear. As you age, your body loses muscle and fat, and it shows up in those key areas. Skin begins to sag, and the bones in the knee and elbows begin to protrude. And because hands are rarely covered, they’re exposed to the harmful UV rays from the sun, fostering a loss of elasticity in the tissue and showing signs of aging.
What can you do to prevent those telltale signs of aging on your body? First of all, use sunscreen whenever your skin is exposed to sunlight, and wear clothing that blocks sunlight from reaching your arms and neck. Use a high SPF product, because the sun’s rays cause oxidative stress damage, and can promotes the development of free radicals, which causes loss of collagen in the skin.
Lifestyle changes can help minimize the fine lines and wrinkles, which include quitting smoking, limiting exposure to sunlight and toxins in the environment and getting plenty of quality sleep. Keeping your skin moisturized and your body hydrated is another key to help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Products that contain hyaluronic acid are an excellent way to keep the skin moisturized, and drinking a minimum of 6, 8-oz. glasses of water each day will help to keep your body, and your skin hydrated.
The Earlier You Begin, the Better
Aging begins from the day we’re born, and the skin begins to show this aging process in our 20’s. The body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep skin firm and youthful looking. Constant exposure to the sun and other environmental toxins can also cause the aging process to accelerate.
The sooner that you begin to take steps to prevent your skin from aging, the better it will be for you. Anti-aging treatments not only help you regain a radiant, youthful appearance, they can help you feel younger too.