Manage Three Telltale Signs of Aging
Wisdom may come with age, but so do wrinkles and lines in all the areas we hope to keep youthful-looking. Your face, eyes and hands are the first to succumb to aging and reveal the negative effects of environmental damage, genetics and plain old gravity. While no fountain of youth exists quite yet there are a variety of ways you can manage those undesirable marks of aging.
Face off with aging
To combat aging facial skin it’s important to establish an anti-aging beauty regimen. However, we can’t blame old age entirely. Wrinkled skin results from a combination of factors—genetics, sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions and unhealthy habits.
The sun remains the number-one cause of wrinkling, age spots, leathery skin texture, loss of elasticity and skin cancer. Avoid sunlight between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., wear wide-brimmed hats, and apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least SPF 30, with UVA/UVB protection, even on cloudy days and during cool weather. In other words, wear sunscreen year-round. A good broad-spectrum sunscreen choice is MD Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion.
If you perform facial exercises in order to maintain youthful skin, here’s an important tip: It doesn’t work. Rather than improve appearance, you’re actually permanently carving more wrinkles into your skin.
Those with sensitive skin should try T’Fivve Anti-Aging Skin Revitalizing Complex, which is specially formulated to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing powerful anti-oxidants.
Botox is still considered the gold standard for decreasing facial expression lines by most dermatologists. However, if you aren’t quite ready to go that route, and want to stick to topical treatments, look for those containing acetyl hexapeptide-AH3, an ingredient that will relax facial muscle contractions and smooth fine lines, such as Janson Beckett AlphaDerma CE. For more information on muscle relaxing peptides, see The Power of Peptides in the February issue of The Product Files at SkinStore.
The eyes say it all
The most expressive feature of your face is a revealing sign of aging. Unlike other parts of your body, which resist aging more effectively due to fat stores beneath the skin, crow’s feet, under-eye puffiness and creases afflict the sensitive eye area. Though you can’t entirely reverse the effects of aging, you can delay the telltale signs that expose your true age.
- Try sleeping on your back while you’re getting your beauty rest. Wrinkles can form from sleeping on your face, and nobody wants to wake up with new wrinkles!
- Invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses and wear them diligently to avoid squinting.
- Smoking, a habit that speeds the skin’s aging process and destroys collagen, also contributes to the arrival of unwelcome wrinkles. So even if you can’t quit, attempt to reduce the number of cigarettes per day while increasing your intake of antioxidants and water.
- Limiting your salt intake will help decrease puffiness around your eyes, and for a quick fix, a cool teabag placed over each eye will sooth that delicate skin, as the tannic acid in tea will reduce swelling.
- There is an overwhelming assortment of anti-aging eye creams on the market, so how do you choose? Look for creams with amino acids called hexapeptides to impede muscle movement and smooth wrinkles, collagen-boosting proteins like eyeseryl tetrapeptide or retinol for camouflaging dark circles. These products will plump and lift the eye area, erasing years from your face. A remarkably effective yet gentle eye product is TNS Illuminating Eye Cream, with NouriCel-MD.
Give yourself a hand
Easily overlooked, our hands suffer from wrinkling and unpleasant brown spots as we grow older. You’re never too young to start taking care of them. With some extra attention, your hands will reap the benefits of youthful, glowing skin.
- Treat your hands well by including them in your daily beauty routine. Exfoliate twice a week using a facial exfoliator or create your own with a mixture of sea salt and lemon juice.
- Whenever you’re exposed to sunlight, even while driving for a short period, generously slather your hands with sunscreen. This beneficial practice can help prevent the onset of wrinkles and discoloration.
- Slip on protective gloves when washing dishes or doing housework, especially if your hands might touch abrasive chemicals.
- Massage a creamy moisturizer into hands, cuticles and nails. ATOPALM MLE Body Lotion is an ultra moisturizer with Multi-Lamellar Emulsion which replenishes skin lipids.
- Dermatologists can also prescribe bleaching creams to help fade dark spots. Chemical peels —another option with quicker results —rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. Make sure you see a board-certified dermatologist for all your treatments.
Wisdom doesn’t have to come with such a heavy price. A good skincare routine can work miracles to battle the years on your face, eyes and hands.
Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., board certified by the American Board of Dermatology is the director of image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J. She has extensive training and experience in all aspects of dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, laser and dermatologic surgery. A frequent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View and other programs, Dr. Downie also lectures on behalf of some of the most prestigious medical societies, including The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology.