How To Fight Facial Aging

Many of us who want to appear youthful well into our golden years are highly concerned with facial aging.  After all, our face is what most people see and remember about us so we want it to look as good as it can.   Luckily, there are some things you can do to help prevent our face from showing the ravages of time.

One thing you can do to keep your face young looking is to live a healthy lifestyle.  Smoking, eating the wrong foods and stress can all add up to lines on your face.  Eat lots of fruits and vegetables as the antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties of both will help keep down the wrinkles.  Plus they will help with your overall health and keep you feeling great which is sure to put a smile on your face.

It’s well known that the rays of the sun are a major contributor to facial aging, in fact about 90% of your wrinkles come from sun damage.  In addition to the wrinkles, sun damage can cause hyper pigmentation or dark spots on your face which make you look older.  Try to use a sun block at all times, even if you won’t be directly laying in the sun.

Water is a key element in every cell in our body and drinking enough of it can help slow down facial aging.  Getting enough plain water will help keep your skin hydrated and plumper looking as well as aid in the cellular processes of your body.  But how much is enough?  Experts say to get between 4 and 8 - 8 ounce glasses a day.  Everyone is different so you’ll have to experiment to see what level you feel comfortable with, the key is to start drinking more of it if you aren’t already.

Free radicals are created by our body during it’s normal process, but unfortunately they are a major contributor to aging and disease.  You can fight them off, however, with antioxidants like those found in fruits and vegetables.  You can even apply fruit juices and other things that are high in antioxidants (like green tea, for example) directly to your skin.  Take a supplement for added insurance just in case your daily diet isn’t giving you enough.

Getting enough sleep, as well as the position you sleep in is also important for a youthful looking face.  Believe it or not, sleeping on your back can ease tension on your face and, thus, help to prevent wrinkles.  Sleeping on your stomach or side, on the other hand, can cause creases and stretching of the skin that, over time can turn into permanent wrinkles.  Getting enough sleep is important so that your body has time to cleanse and refresh which will make all your organs healthier, even your skin.

If you want to take even more drastic steps to fight facial aging, you might consider things like Botox and topical applications such as Retin-A as well as laser therapy or microdermabrasion.  All these things, along with a good skin care routine can go a long way to keeping your face looking youthful.

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