Friday, March 9, 2018

How You Can Fight Aging

We all age. There’s no getting around that. But I want to do it gracefully and for me, that means taking the best care I can of myself and my skin. The last thing I want is to age faster than I need to. But if you are unaware, you could be causing premature aging with your hair, skin, and body in all kinds of ways. So, to learn how to better fight the aging process, we have to take a closer look at it. What causes it and how are we exacerbating it? Most importantly, how do we take better care of ourselves so we slow the process?

How you can fight aging
As many people will tell you, humans are up to 60% made of water. So of course every inch of us should be properly hydrated. When it isn’t, it becomes dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage. Dry hair is one of the first places this can present, and you need to use conditioners and shampoos that moisturize as they wash in order to protect your hair. The same goes for your skin. Avoid any skin care products that have ingredients like fragrance or sulphates that can dry it out and cause it to age prematurely. Products rich in natural moisturizers are key. For my skin, I am a big fan of products containing hyaluronic acid. It’s an incredible moisturizer!

The sun
For both your hair and skin, few things can be quite as damaging as the sun. For one, prolonged exposure to the sun dehydrates you much worse than any bad skin care product could. What’s more, UV rays essentially bake out the ingredients in the skin that help it stay as elastic and oversee its self-repair processes. When you go out in the sun, make sure you’re wearing a hat to protect your hair, and use sun lotions that protect from both UVA and UVB rays, not just one of the varieties. There are even products that can protect your hair from UV rays to help prevent dryness and damage. And most importantly, don’t forget sun exposure is the single leading cause of skin cancer, giving you even more reason to be careful of it.

How you can fight aging

None of us is immune to gravity and the same can be said for our bodies. As far as skin is concerned, you can cause deep, asymmetrical wrinkles when we allow gravity to work more on one side of our face than the other. That’s why, if you want younger looking skin, you should avoid lying on your side as much as possible. Side sleeping can cause wrinkles to form on your chest as we age. I’ve been trying to sleep on my back more often lately!

How you can fight aging

Stress ages you in all sorts of ways. Mentally, stress has been shown to lead to a higher risk of memory loss and even conditions like dementia. What’s more, the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, can get in the way of sleep dramatically. When we don’t sleep, our body doesn’t have the opportunity to recover and repair a lot of the damage it undergoes. That means that muscle pain can be exacerbated, our skin can start to wrinkle a lot sooner, and much more. It can become a vicious cycle. You are stressed so you don’t sleep well and then you become more stressed from lack of sleep! Managing your stress through exercise, meditation, or even simply finding a hobby does the whole body a lot of good, not just your mood. After all, the mind and body are inextricably linked.

Physical strain puts a lot of pressure on our body, as well. As far as your skin is concerned, many of us are already be somewhat aware that being overly expressive can cause your face to age faster. “Laughter lines” and “frown lines” aren’t just an urban myth. Too much work causes our skin’s natural elasticity to break down. You can avoid being overly expressive, but is that really realistic? It has also been shown that deep massages can help restore some of that elasticity and thickens the deepest layer of the skin where these wrinkles first begin to appear. It’s a much better option than walking around trying not to smile or frown!

Collagen (or the lack thereof)
When talking about the skin’s natural elasticity and its ability to heal itself, it’s about some very specific components of the skin. Collagen is the main reason our skin stays youthful, with elastin playing a supporting role. When it breaks down, our skin starts to show the signs of aging because it can’t repair itself as well. This leads to skin becoming rough, uneven, and crepey. You can learn how to get rid of crepey skin, by using creams that boost your natural collagen production. Ingredients like aloe, Shea butter, vitamin C, coconut oil, and vitamin E can all support the production of both collagen and elastin. There are plenty of pads and serums that contain a mix of these ingredients that can help you target specific areas where your collagen has started to break down, too.

How you can fight aging

There are plenty of bad habits that we pick up that can accelerate the aging process. Though it’s thankfully on the decline due to the popularity of vaping, other substitute treatments, increase on cigarette tax, and many states banning smoking from many public places, smoking is still one of the most widespread causes of premature aging. Studies on identical twins, one a smoker, one not a smoker, have shown just how drastic a change it can make, too. Yikes! Smoking gets in the way of producing collagen. What’s more, it causes the skin to become thinner, which means that wrinkles show a lot sooner and the skin’s elasticity is compromised.

Alcohol can be just as bad as smoking. In moderation, such as a single glass of wine a day, it can be good for you. In fact, it can stop the breakdown of cells and production of free radicals, which can lead to visible signs of aging. A glass of wine a day has even been shown to improve your chances of retaining your memory later in life. However, going over the recommended limit, even only once a week, has been shown to deplete your body of vitamin A and other nutrients that help keep it more youthful. It’s also another collagen inhibitor, causing wrinkles to appear much faster than they normally would. Even more, it dehydrates the body, including the skin, and causes inflammation, leading to puffiness and redness.

You are what you eat, right? There are plenty of good foods, including salmon, leafy greens, and nuts that contain ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids that can slow down the aging process. On the other side of the scale, however, there is sugar. Sugar leads to a process called glycation in the body, producing what are known as AGEs (or advanced glycation end products). As these gather up in the body, they damage the proteins they find a home beside, including collagen and elastin. Springy, resilient collagen becomes brittle and weak, leading to those wrinkles. Of course, high sugar intakes have been shown to have a very direct link to weight gain. I have such a sweet tooth I’ve been working to get under control for years! It can be tough!

How you can fight aging

A lack of exercise is another big factor in early aging. Exercise is also key to the repair process of the body, and even the most superficial signs of aging can be fought by working out the specific areas of the body which they appear on. For instance, for face and neck wrinkles, you can even do facial exercises. Much like massages, these help test out and give a boost to the elasticity of your skin. Exercises such as looking up and down, chewing, and turning your head from side to side can even help you prevent and fight back against issues like turkey neck. Exercise is good for your mental health too and can help combat stress.

Unfortunately some causes of aging are outside of our control. Plenty of pollutants can be just as harmful as some of the other things I have mentioned before. Allergens, dust, bleaches, and so on can cause our skin to become irritated and inflamed, which can lead to dehydration and early aging. However, this issue can be exacerbated by the skin care products and make-up you use. Make sure you do a little research on the products you use to make sure they don’t contain harmful ingredients like fragrance, BHA, or parabens. What’s more, never go to sleep with your makeup on and ensure you wash thoroughly every night. Otherwise, you’re more likely to clog up your skin, leading to breakouts and inflammation.

By addressing the root causes of aging, especially premature aging, you can retain your youthfulness for a lot longer, be healthier, and have a better quality of life.


  1. Oh gosh! So many things that are hard on our skin and bodies. I love to sleep on my side and I don't know if I could sleep on my back! Hmm, may have to give it a try again. I do try to really take care of my skin with good products and I've recently upped my water drinking game, which I can really tell a difference in my skin!


  2. So many great tips! Getting older can be tough especially when you start to see it on yourself more. Thanks for sharing! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  3. Great tips.... I had not considered the gravity in my sleep ! i will from now on ;)

  4. These are good tips Laura! I don't think I could give up sugar just for anti aging benefits though, I love my chocolate too much, haha !I'll take the wrinkles! Some of the other things seem easier to do. I definitely make sure to use sunscreen when we are out here, it is the best thing to do to protect your skin :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend to end your week! We have family visiting so it will be a busy but fun weekend :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing all fo these tips! I need to manage my stress level and sugar intake better.. Wish me luck! Lol!

  6. Oh I do with out a lot and not use sugar, but gravity......😂😂😂

  7. It all plays such a role in our lives. We have been trying to reduce sugar for the past 10 years, and I think it's huge!!

  8. I have such a hard time sleeping on my back even though I know it's better. It's so smart to start taking care of yourself at a young age, so many women don't take it seriously until they're facing 40. You included great tips Laura!

  9. Thanks for sharing these tips. I need to get better at putting SPF on my face.


  10. Prolonged exposure to the sun indeed, can easily cause damage to your skin, especially to your face. Yet, many people refuse/forget to wear sunscreen. Anyway, your little angel is sooo adorable on her colorful dress!

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