Growing older is part of this thing we call life. It brings with it a lot of positives, we get smarter and wiser, hopefully learn from our past, and learn how to be better at everything that we do. On the other hand, with aging our bodies slowly start to show signs of wear and tear. The most visible of the signs of getting older is how we look, which is mainly evident in our skin.
Because our skin is the biggest indicator of aging in our bodies, it is essential to take very good care of it, if you want to continue to retain your youthful appearance. Drinking enough water, eating well, exercising, maintaining a skin care regimen, and not smoking are all necessary to accomplish this task.
Another thing you can do is to find out as much as possible about skin-aging, because as we have learned - knowledge is power, the more you know the more you know what to do. In the spirit of more knowledge we bring you some Little Known And Fascinating Facts About Skin Aging:
1 - Skin starts the aging process around 25 years old. As we get older our bodies don’t produce as much collagen leading to wrinkles and sagging, and while we might not start seeing signs of it right way, the process start in our mid 20’s. This is why the ideal time to start the anti-aging skincare is at 25 years old.
2 - Sleeping can cause signs of aging. Sleeping on the face leads to furrowed brows, while sleeping on the side causes wrinkles on cheeks. The best position to sleep in is on your back so that your face doesn't touch the pillow. But if that is unavoidable then invest in silk or satin pillowcases, they are gentler on the skin and cause less damage.
3 - Vitamin C is good for the skin. Vitamin C helps fight sun’s powerful and harmful UV rays. So don’t forget your vitamins if you want your skin protected!
4 - Drinking soda is bad for the skin. Soda has large amounts of phosphate (fizz) which leads to premature skin aging. So the simple thing to do here is to avoid soda altogether.
5 - Gravity causes skin to sag. Gravity is not the only factor causing sagging skin however it does affect the skin. This just goes to show that we do need extra help to keep our skin looking firm, since there is nothing that can or SHOULD be done to prevent gravity.
6 - Facial expressions lead to fine lines and wrinkles. We can’t help smiling, squinting, or frowning and with time these expressions start forming grooves on our skin, that turn into lines or wrinkles. Another reason to start helping our skin as soon as possible! Even something as simple as always wearing glasses to stop from squinting as much will help with signs of aging.
7 - Too much face washing is bad for the skin. When you cleanse your face more than 2 times per day, you are stripping your skin of its protective oil layer and causing it to lose moisture which is crucial for keeping the skin looking and feeling good.
8 - Sunscreen should be used daily! The sun is the biggest cause of skin aging, but studies show that using sunscreen daily can reduce skin aging by 24%. It doesn't matter if you send your day inside or out, or if its sunny or cloudy - just use sunscreen!
9 - Age spots are actually sunspots. One is not predestined to get these spots as they age, but only as a result of exposure to harmful UV rays. So remember to protect yourself with sunscreen!
10 - Smoking causes premature aging and leathery skin. By now this one is not a surprising fact, but common knowledge. Yet the effects are so severe that we felt it still belonged on this list.
Now that you understand more what is behind skin aging, you are better prepared to fight it!