There are two unmistakable signs of aging… the first sign is the ability to be completely and totally dumbfounded by popular new trends. And the second are the visible scars of a life lived, the unmistakable proof that you aren’t as young as you used to be… the inevitable fine lines and wrinkles.
Here’s the bad news… once you get em, you got em…
Fine lines and wrinkles, you can delay them, you can minimize them, but the only way to get rid of them is to go full Dolly Parton, and most of us prefer to age more gracefully than that.
But there are things you can do to delay them, minimize their appearance, and to slow their growth.
The biggest culprit of damage is the sun.
If you have light skin, you produce less of nature’s best sun screen, Melanin, which makes it much more difficult to protect yourself from UV rays.
UV or Ultraviolet rays are a type of light that sit just outside the visible spectrum for human eyes. If you could see them in a rainbow, they’d be just beyond violet.
There are 2 main types of UV rays you need to be aware of.
First are UVA rays:
- 95% of UV rays that reach earth’s surface are UVA
- Higher wave length, and lower energy wave lengths means they don’t penetrate as deeply into the skin
- UVA rays do not cause sun burns, but damage your skin anyway leading to age spots and wrinkles
- Are not stopped by windows
Because UVA rays don’t cause sun burns many people think they aren’t as harmful, but they account for 95% of UV rays that make it to the earths surface and do much of the damage that causes wrinkle formation.
Second are the dreaded UVB rays:
- Much more powerful than UVA rays, UVB rays are the primary causes of sun burns
- UVB rays can also mutate DNA and are the cause of most skin cancers
- Are stopped by windows
You’ll usually know when you’ve been exposed to too many UVB rays, but you won’t necessarily be aware of UVA damage until it’s too late. Sunscreen solves both problems.
In addition to enhancing the appearance of any wrinkles you already have, dry skin can lead to the breakdown of collagen and lead to premature aging.
Moisturizing has two important parts, getting water into your skin (hydration)… and keeping it there (moisturizing).
Here we are mostly going to talk about the “keeping it there” part.
Sebum, our skin’s natural moisturizer, keeps our skin moisturized by trapping the water inside and preventing it from evaporating out from our skin. Under normal circumstances, your body will produce enough sebum to keep your skin moisturized, but if you wash your hands a lot, live in a particularly dry climate, or generally have dry skin, you may need some outside help.
Look for lotions that contain whole natural oils like coconut oil, or vegetable glycerin. Avoid at all costs the cheap lotions that contain silicones like Dimethacone. Silicones can trick you into thinking your skin is moisturized when, in reality, it’s just blocking the water out.
3nd keep hydrated
Part of keeping your skin moisturized is by keeping your body hydrated. Remember moisturized skin is different than hydrated skin.
For moisturizing to be effective, you need water present, and this is where Hyaluronic acid comes in. This amazing little naturally-occurring molecule holds 1000x its weight in water, helping keep your skin hydrated.
What do frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and smile lines all have in common? They are caused by repetitive movements like…frowning… If you find yourself frowning, or squinting often, try solving the root cause of the issue, get some glasses, or reduce your stress.
However, if you are only struggling with smile lines, then I think you should rock them proudly.
Like it or not, wrinkles are going to happen eventually, and when they do, I think we should embrace them. They are the evidence of life and there’s nothing wrong with having lived.
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It’s a win for you, and a win for mother earth.
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