Anti-Aging Solutions and Other Skin Care Tips
It happens to all of us: at some point in our lives, we stare at our faces in the mirror or on an old photograph and realize we’ve aged. While we weren’t paying attention, fine lines crept in and made themselves comfortable around our eyes and mouth, pushing out our skin so now it’s loosened and sagging.
Aging is a fact of life, but evidence of it doesn’t have to be as well. It’s still possible to restore youthful, glowing skin and maintain it for as long as possible, thanks to anti-aging skin care solutions.
Don’t run out and buy the first product or sign up for any treatment to make an anti-aging claim, though. Gather more intel on what you’re dealing with first. Here’s a breakdown of what happens to our skin as we age and what we can do to keep evidence of time at bay.
What Causes Skin to Age?
Many factors cause our skin to age, but the three major ones are:
- Cell death. The average cell has a set lifespan, and it will naturally undergo division between 50 to 70 times to replace other dead cells before it dies. It also divides to take the place of damaged cells, replacing the ones on a skinned elbow, for instance. But every time a cell divides, the tip of a chromosome — called a “telomere” — shrinks. As time passes, the telomere frays, causing the cell to die.
- Sun overexposure and unhealthy lifestyle. Repeated exposure to sunlight is one of the culprits of visibly aged skin. The sun’s ultraviolet light damages fibers in the skin called elastin, which is responsible for keeping your skin supple. Without enough elastin, the skin becomes slack. Unhealthy habits like eating food high in sugar and artificial additives and staying up late frequently also cause the skin to age faster.
- Free radicals. Damage to skin cells has been attributed to free radicals. Known to be reactive, free radicals tend to grab electrons from atoms in the skin, causing them to function abnormally. Smoking, alcohol, air pollutants, and even stress can generate free radicals in the body and damage the skin cells, too.
What Are the Effects of Aging on Face and Hands?
Now that you know the three major causes of harm to your skin, let’s see how they affect the appearance of your face and hands — the two body parts that can easily give away your age.
What Are Your Anti-Aging Skin Care or Treatment Options?
There are a lot of home remedies and other organic skincare options for wrinkles, sagging skin, and sunspots.
Use Essential Oils
Applying small amounts of essential oils may help improve the appearance of your crow's feet and other fine lines. Some people are sensitive to essential oils, so don't forget to dilute them using a carrier oil and perform a patch test on your wrist beforehand. Fortunately, there are now skincare products formulated specially to combine essential oils with a carrier. These products allow your skin to heal without irritating it.
Also, look for oil products that contain Asian Centella or Centella Asiatica extract. It is rich in amino acids, fatty acids, beta carotene, and phytochemicals — a super blend that offers amazing anti-aging benefits for the skin. It boosts the production of collagen, helping your skin look plump and youthful.
Apply Egg White Masks
Eating egg whites isn't the only way to benefit from its anti-aging properties. You can also turn it into a face mask. Simply mix one egg white with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of raw honey, and then apply the solution to your face. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. The egg white in your homemade mask is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and other anti-aging agents. The lemon helps reduce the age spots while the honey kills bacteria as it helps you achieve plump skin.
Apply Topical Vitamin C Gel
Vitamin C, which is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables, helps create collagen in the skin. Apart from eating more food rich in Vitamin C, it's also a great idea to apply a topical gel that contains Vitamin C on wrinkles and other signs of sun damage on your face and hands.
Food rich in antioxidants and other nutrients can prevent fine lines in your face and boost your overall health. Slow down skin aging by eating artichokes, avocadoes, egg whites, ginger, and other superfoods.
Do Juice Cleanses
Detoxify your skin and body by doing three-day juice cleanses. You can make smoothies using superfoods and other ingredients known to have anti-aging properties, including banana, lemon, avocado, kale, carrot, and coconut water.