Years of exposure to glossy magazine ads and slick
television commercials for anti-aging serums have taught us that our faces tell
our stories. They reveal damage from all those summers as a lifeguard or camp
counselor, lines from a nasty breakup or two, and the perfect "11" of
a furrowed brow.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Most of us fret about wrinkles as we reach middle age, yet
carrying an extra dress size ages a person much more than a few wrinkles ever
could. Managing weight is also a more realistic goal than getting rid of
According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking can
accelerate the skin’s aging process. The more you smoke and the longer you
smoke, the more likely you are to have wrinkling of the skin.
Quitting smoking improves your circulation, lowers your
risk of developing varicose veins, reduces the likelihood of obesity, and makes
exercise easier and more enjoyable. You'll also have a better sense of taste and
smell as you age, and the smell of smoke won’t cling to your hair and clothing.
Follow a Nutritious Diet
Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables,
and leafy greens. It is also important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of
water is the one of the easiest, most effective ways to keep your skin looking
Participate in sports, dancing, or other activities you
enjoy. Follow the federal government's most recent Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which recommends
that adults ages 18 to 64 should engage in two hours and 30 minutes of moderate
aerobic activity per week, combined with strength-training exercises two days a
Avoid Sun Exposure
Use sunscreen on your face and exposed skin every day.
Wear a hat and use sunglasses to protect your eyes, since some evidence links
sun exposure to later formation of cataracts. Exposure to sun also increases
your risk of wrinkles or “leathery” skin.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep is responsible for the development of “dark circles under the eyes” and can result
in other issues like weight gain and depression. Adequate sleep is important
for skin cell rejuvenation.
Consider Facial Cosmetic Enhancements
You may think about having a facial rejuvenation procedure
like Botox or pursuing a surgical option such as a facelift, brow lift, or neck
lift. These procedures can tighten or remove sagging skin beneath the chin, at
the jawline, or around the eyes or remove puffy fat pads beneath the eyes that
give you a prematurely aged look. However, these enhancements can be obvious to
the trained eye if the outcome is not as good as you expected. There are also
potentially very serious risk associated with these procedures. Your money might
be better spent on a gym membership and healthy foods.