Would you rather immerse your body in a bathtub of cockroaches or have wrinkles?
Many women would choose the cockroaches. Good thing we don’t have to choose…right?
Wrinkles are the nemesis of the aging process and unfortunately NO ONE is immune to them. NEWSFLASH! You WILL eventually get wrinkles. I hate being the bearer of bad news, but, if you prepare (likening it to preparing for a cat. 5 hurricane) you might come out on the other side unscathed. And without the use of cockroaches!
There are a few key environmental activities that cause aging that we can control. And some we can’t. (Insert frowny face here).
Let’s start with can’t. Gravity. Can’t control it. Newton said it exists and our skin, over time, proves it. We sag…and we sag south…some more rapidly than others. But unless we live on the moon, we need to just accept that gravity helps with aging.
Muscle use. Let’s all cheer for facial muscles! They are a double edged sword. They allow us to embrace our facial expressions. They help your kids know when you’re not happy. It’s those two lines that form between your eyebrows that insure that yes, they are in BIG TROUBLE! Facial muscles also let your bestie know when you’re happy to see her by the deep commas around your nose and mouth area. And the other side of the sword? There is almost no controlling habitual facial expression. Sorry.
Hormones. Ahhhhhh, the culprit for everything bad and evil in the world. You can blame your wrinkles on them too. Yup, the decrease of the production of estrogen can have effect on the speed of chronological aging
Deep cleansing breath. No more losing sleep about what we can’t control when it comes to collagen loss and and thinning skin. Gravity, muscle use and hormones. Check.
Now let’s talk about what we CAN control! Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in the sun without sunscreen on? I know you are ALL guilty! Now stop it! Never ever ever ever do it again! The effects of ultraviolet rays on the skin are the biggest aging culprit that we can control. It breaks down collagen fibers, it causes cancer and 90% of the symptoms of premature aging in the skin come from UVA, UVB or Ultraviolet light. Use sunscreen. Get a hat. Protect your skin. You get one shot with your skin…make it count!
Now, who smokes? Drinks alcohol? Live in a city with any air pollution? Another huge contributor to wrinkles is free radicals. Each of these free radicals cause damage to the layers of the skin, which in turn, breakdown the fibers of the skin, and cause the “W” word…wrinkles. Reduce or stop bad habits and your skin will thank you!
Water. Drink it or you will look like a dried up old saddle bag eventually! Drinking water adds to the suppleness of the skin. It makes it look plum, which will fill out the fine lines and wrinkles from within. Oh, and an added benny? It will help with your dark circles under your eyes too! P.S. Drinking Alcohol dramatically dehydrates the skin. Moderation peeps!
There are a few other urban legends that claim to age the skin quickly such as husbands, jobs, kids, in-laws and stress. However, studies are inconclusive to the severity of these stressors on the skin.
So what can you do now, this very second, to keep the wrinkles from cropping up, or at the very least slow everything down a little bit? Repeat after me.
“I solemnly swear to use sunscreen every time I leave the house. I will drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. I will reduce or eliminate free radicals from my life including, smoking (includes second hand smoke) alcohol use, pollution and ultraviolet lighting and in-laws and maybe even my husband.”
All punning and arthropods aside, utilizing these few suggestions will dramatically lessen the effects of the environment on your skin. Check out the following links to some natural skin products that will protect your skin from the aging process. Leave a question or two and I’ll even put your name into a drawing for a PRIZE!
What I love about the Daily Sun Protection SPF 28 is that it soaks into the skin without leaving your skin oily or slick. Perfect for under makeup for everyday use, or at the beach.
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Sensaria Skin Perfecting Treatment:
Put a barrier between your skin and the environment while building back the moisture in your skin. Doubles as a makeup primer and your skin will feel like silk.