As the years creep up, we may be able to look back on many happy memories and accomplishments. However, the joy that this brings maybe counterbalanced with concerns related to the signs of aging. It may not be the passage of time so much that is causing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but a combination of numerous different factors.
Earth, wind, and fire. OK, so we’re just giving a shout out to one of our favorite groups of the 70’s. In reality, facial aging maybe directly affected by the sun, and by our love of it. Ultraviolet light has been linked to the early signs of aging such as brown spots, loss of elasticity, and fine lines. This includes not only natural sunlight but also tanning lamps. To prevent premature aging, and minimize your chances of skin cancer, be sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 on days that you plan to be on the beach, at the pool, or in the garden. For daily use, most we recommend applying a moisturizer that contains SPF 50 sunscreen in it.
Stress. Stress comes in many forms. It need not be a dramatic event, such as the loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one that affects your stress levels adversely. The chronic stress that many of us endure on a daily basis can cost us a good night’s sleep, the consequences of which may be persistent under eye bags and more visible fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and the forehead. Most people, when they’re stressed, also tend to become dehydrated simply due to a lack of awareness about how much water they are drinking. Dehydration in the body, even if not associated with stress, leads to a thinning of skin which makes it appear fragile and creepy.
There is a Silver Lining
Although aging is not something we can avoid, the silver lining in recognizing the effects of external factors is that we gain some degree of control over them.
In addition to finding and implementing a daily skin care routine that includes nourishing ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants, and reducing stress with healthy habits such as meditation or just taking a daily walk in nature, we have numerous options for reviving our appearance.
It brings us a great deal of satisfaction to help our patients regain greater confidence in their appearance. We can help you discover the value of facial rejuvenation with either plastic surgery or non-surgical solutions. Contact us to explore your options.