5 Best Anti-Aging Tips

As a woman who values looking healthy as well as attractive, you’ll appreciate these five best anti-aging tips. Follow these suggestions to help you feel as good on the inside as you look on the outside.

Drink Anti-Aging Tea
Have you ever looked at a woman and wondered what her secret is to looking so young? The answer could be in your own pantry. It turns out that the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, has anti-aging properties. This ingredient is often found in skincare products due to its efficacy in fighting the common signs of aging such as inflammation, redness, and wrinkles. You can get similar results by drinking all forms of tea, and even doing that old trick of placing wet tea bags on tired eyelids.

Wear a Carotenoid Mask
As we age, capillaries are more prone to breakage, leading to splotchy, red-looking skin. Carotenoids have been shown to slow down vascular aging, so you can have younger looking skin longer. One easy way to harvest the benefits of carotenoids is to make a DIY facemask of ¼ cup grated raw carrots (which are rich in carotenoids), blended with 1-1/2 teaspoon of mashed avocado. (Avocado is a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants.) Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.

Exercise Your Body
It turns out that exercise does more than make you look good. According to several recent studies, it can also slow the hands of time. Be careful not to overdo the exercise, though. More is not necessarily better. In fact, too much exercise can lead to the oxidative stress that makes you age faster. Experts recommend 20 minutes of daily exercise, which can be as passive as yoga or as intense as kickboxing. The intensity is up to you and the level of movement you’re most comfortable with.

Exercise Your Brain
One of the most common signs of aging is reduced cognitive ability. Seniors often have slower response times when figuring out problems or reacting to unexpected situations. You can slow cognitive decline by exercising your brain. Participate in problem-solving games like Sudoku and word jumbles, and make a point of learning new things such as photography or crafts. Remember the adage, “use it or lose it,” and resolve to use your brain as much as possible.

Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol in moderate use is generally accepted as being okay. However, alcohol has been associated with speeding up the aging process. In particular, if you’re a person who has depended on alcohol for a number of years, this can lead to a neurological decline that is further along than it should be for your age. Resveratrol, a component found in red wine, has been linked to anti-aging properties, but you can get the same from eating red grapes. Looking to stay young? Consider abstaining, or at least cutting back.

These five key anti-aging tips will help you to look and feel young for as long as possible. Remember that aging is a natural part of a healthy life. The goal is to age well, not to prevent aging completely.

A Wrinkle in Time

Everything You Need to Know About Wrinkles

Your skincare regimen may be the best possible strategy for keeping your skin looking young and feeling great. But we all still have some wrinkles and they continue to become more obvious as we get older. Wrinkles occur for many reasons, but their underlying cause stems from changes in the levels of collagen in the skin as we grow older.

What Causes Wrinkles?

What’s hard for many people to swallow is that wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. But many factors can contribute to wrinkles and, for most people, there are more than a few reasons their wrinkles are present. Here are some of the most common causes:

Age: Getting older is the most common reason for the development of wrinkles. Your skin becomes less elastic as you get older, making it more fragile and more likely to have a lower level of natural oils present. Deeper levels of fat also lessen. All of this leads to the development of wrinkles.

Sun exposure: Time in the sun exacerbates the formation of wrinkles. Ultraviolet radiation is the underlying cause here. It speeds up the natural aging process as it breaks down the connective tissues in your skin. Without this type of tissue present, the skin is less strong and sags. This lack of flexibility and strength can create wrinkles.

Smoking: A poor lifestyle choice like smoking can also lead to the development of wrinkles. Smoking speeds up the natural aging process in the body. It also limits the amount of oxygen-rich blood that reaches your skin’s cells, causing wrinkles to become more prominent.

Hereditary factors, the repeated facial expressions you have, and even your diet can contribute to wrinkle development. Now that you know why they are there, let’s look at what to do about them.

What Treatments Are Available for Wrinkles?

A number of options exist for treating wrinkles. But before you spend a great deal of money on any one product, consider these facts:

  • Medications such as topical retinoids and nonprescription wrinkle creams are commonly used products. These products can help to tighten up skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Surgical procedures are available as well, including laser procedures, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Botox is an injectable product that can fill in wrinkles, making them less obvious. More advanced surgical methods, such as the facelift and skin tightening procedures, can also be effective, though they can require more invasive procedures.

Consumers need to be realistic when making decisions about wrinkle treatments. While these products and treatment options can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they don’t prevent new ones and will not remove the presence of wrinkles altogether. However, they can work well to help individuals gain the confidence they need. Lifestyle changes, such as protecting the skin from UV exposure and avoiding smoking, are effective steps in slowing progression. Finally, every person’s needs and benefits will differ, so make sure you find a qualified skin care professional to help tailor treatments and procedures to meet your individual needs.