Fine wines do it with grace, but ~aging~ of the human kind isn’t always as pleasant. Our metabolism lowers, our energy depletes and -UGH- our skin wrinkles and sags. Using anti-aging products while you’re too young can actually cause your skin to lose elasticity faster – so the question remains, how do we prevent our skin from wrinkling? If you share our fear of getting older, click through to find out just how to anti-age your skin while you’re still young!
Before we get started, if you’ve recently noticed a ton of fine lines and small wrinkles – we suggest checking out our article on skin dehydration first. Because lord knows we’re too young to be getting wrinkles.
What is aging and why does it occur?
Some basic definitions you should know:
Collagen: A protein within human and animal bodies that holds everything together and provides strength and structure (in bones, muscles, skin and tendons).
Elastin: Just like an elastic, elastin is a protein in connective tissue that allows tissue to stretch and retain it’s shape afterwards.
There are two types of aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic is the aging process that occurs naturally without impact from outside factors – AKA, after you turn 20 your skin starts to produce 1% less collagen every year. You cannot change intrinsic factors as they are naturally occurring, but it usually does not have as much of an impact as extrinsic factors.
Extrinsic aging is from environmental factors: sun exposure, smoking, pollution etc. These factors can cause cancer, freckle formation, and huge loss of collagen and elasticity.
How to prevent aging:
Using anti-aging products that promote expedited collagen growth before you’re in your mid to late 20s can actually make your skin way worse by breaking through your first layer of skin making it more susceptible to extrinsic factors.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts the body from being able to make collagen, and is one of the main causes of premature aging.
- Wear sunscreen religiously. Sun damage is the number one extrinsic cause of aging.
- Sleep more. And sleep on your back, too, for that matter. Sleeping on your side can create uneven wrinkles or drooping on one side of the face.
- Don’t be stressed. This one sounds hard, we know – but working to improve your stress levels through means of yoga, meditation, or exercise can make a huge impact on the quality of your skin.
- Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting and damage to your eyes. But if they don’t have UV protection, you could actually be wrecking your eyes. So think twice before you pick up that $5 pair.
- Say goodbye to straws. Sucking on straws makes you pucker which can cause wrinkles – just take off your Starbucks lid and drink directly from the cup for an easy wrinkle prevention method.
- Put antioxidants in your body and on your face. Oxidants infect your body and lead to aging, cancer and other diseases – but antioxidants balance them out and give you an extra boost, keeping you healthy.
- Stay hydrated. WATER!!! We shouldn’t have to explain the benefits of this one.
- Vitamin C. Whether you take supplements or get your share through meals – make sure you’re getting enough.
- Eat natural occurring saturated fats and fatty acids. Saturated fats (found in avocados and coconut oil) and fatty acids (like Omega 3) slow the aging process and help keep your skin plump and young.
Here are some of our favourite home remedies:
- Hydrating Blueberry Face Mask – The antioxidants in this blueberry face mask help prevent aging while hydrating your skin for a reduced look of fine lines.
- Avocado Honey Face Mask – The saturated fat from avocado is beneficial for anti-aging, while also having super soft moisturizing properties. Raw honey is antibacterial, moisturizing, has tons of antioxidants and unclogs your pores!
- Lemon Juice and Honey – Mix lemon juice and honey in a bowl, then apply all over your face for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize. It’s antibacterial, helps unclog pores, and (obviously) helps with anti-aging!
- Olive Oil – Swap out your toxic moisturizer for olive oil – the saturated fats, oils and moisturizing properties make this your new BFF.
- Aloe Vera – Aloe is used for more than just sunburns – it’s a powerful moisturizer, helps increase cell turnover, makes skin smoother, and can help reduce the appearance of dark spots.
FORA’s Fave Products for Anti-Aging
[Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream W/ SPF 40, $48] [Face Environment Protector Sunscreen SPF 42, $37] [Body Sunscreen SPF 30, $29] [Self Tanner, $22.50] [Age Defense Eye Cream SPF 20, $51] [Youth Preserve Face Cream, $54]