We all age with time. But what we dread is to look ‘aged.’ Sagged skin, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots… these are nightmares for most women. But with the advancement in skincare and technology, we have devised a few preventive measures and techniques to help push back skin aging. In some cases, you can even reverse a few signs of aging. So let us find out what is aging and how to avoid aging.
What is Aging?
- Aging is defined as the process of getting older — Chronologically and Biologically.
- Skin aging is when your skin starts to look older.
- The texture roughens, wrinkles may appear, and the skin itself may begin to lose elasticity and sag.
- Substances like elastin and collagen begin to diminish in the skin.
- These structural changes begin at the cellular level and affect the overall look.
10 Tips on How to Avoid Skin Aging:
1. Use Sunscreen
The UVA and UVB rays of the sun harm the skin, making it more prone to sunspots, pigmentation, and burns. Hence a sunscreen with high SPF is a must at any age and in any season. Especially if you are in your 20s and 30s, and want to avoid premature aging.
2. Wear Protective Clothing & Hats
When stepping out in the sun, wear long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and visors. This helps protect your skin from direct rays.
3. Try and Avoid Tanning
Too much sun is known to damage elastin and collagen. These are the elements that make our skin elastic and supple. So it is recommended you avoid sun tanning. Instead, go for spray tans/creams/gels.
4. Wear Shades
Direct sun in your eyes can affect the under-eye area. This area has very thin skin, susceptible to pigmentation. Also, too much squinting in the sun may accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes.
5. Say ‘No’ to Alcohol
Drinking alcohol excessively may dehydrate your skin, causing it to lose its sheen, radiance, and suppleness. This is how the appearance of wrinkles starts.
6. Do Not Smoke
Smoking is probably worse than alcohol when it comes to aging. It quickly breaks down collagen, and disrupts the oxygen supply by constricting the blood vessels. That is why smokers almost always start getting wrinkles and fine lines too early for their age.
7. Avoid Crash Diets
Crash diets often lead to easy weight loss. But then most of that weight is also gained back quickly. This cycle over a prolonged period of time may end up giving you sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and even stretch marks in other body parts.
8. Try Retinoids
Retinoids are prescription Vitamin-A derivatives. They are the latest trend in anti-aging. Retinoids help you not only avoid and push back aging but also heal minor signs of aging like fine lines. If you are not pregnant or planning to get pregnant then this is a good idea.
9. Use Antioxidants
Antioxidants help fight oxidative damage to our skin. This oxidative damage is a major contributor to aging. Nowadays there are many good antioxidants in skincare products like moisturizers, serums, masks, etc. Some good ones are — Vitamin A, C, E, Red tea, Green tea and grape seed extract.
10. Go for Regular Facials
Facials go a long way in addressing aging issues like sun damage, sunspots, and wrinkles. They also help keep your skin hydrated, nourished, and well-massaged. One facial every 2-4 weeks is recommended, even when you are not showing signs of aging yet.
For great anti-aging facials in Virginia, you can book an appointment at Savarnas Beauty Spa. There is a range of facials suitable for different skin types, problems, and symptoms of aging skin. Some of them are:
- COQ10 FACIAL
This facial is great to increase cell metabolism and repair oxidative damage. Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, sun damage, etc are addressed by this facial, where a special diamond-tipped wand is used to exfoliate your skin.
- YOUTH FACIAL
An advanced treatment, this facial helps in moisture retention with Hyaluronic Acid. It naturally lifts the texture of your skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. With deep cleansing, exfoliating, and a hydrating collagen mask, your fresh complexion is revealed. The bonus is a mini hot stone massage to drain away any stress from your muscles.