The signs of aging can creep up on us all. One morning, we wake up with smooth, plump, youthful skin, and the next, we have lines around our eyes, lax skin, and dark spots that refuse to go away. Luckily, these common and abrupt signs of aging are completely preventable and easy to apply to your busy schedule.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Enjoy our gorgeous sunny SoCal weather, but do so safely. To protect your skin from sun damage like line, wrinkles, sun spots, and even skin cancer, use an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every few hours if you’re going to have prolonged sun exposure.
2. Choose High-Quality Skin Care
The secret to finding quality skin care is not only about reading the ingredient label carefully, but also looking for products that can address your specific skin care concerns. To help prevent the common signs of aging, speak to a skin care specialist who can help you find products full of anti-aging benefits tailored to your specific issues.
3. Try Injectable Products
You might be aware that Botox and dermal fillers are excellent for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know they can also prevent early signs of aging? Even people in their 20s are jumping on the bandwagon to help stop wrinkles in their tracks.
4. Mind Your Diet and Exercise
Being conscientious about maintaining a balanced diet and workout routine can promote a healthier, longer lifestyle. By eating plenty of fresh vegetables, unprocessed foods, and adding essential vitamins to promote healthy bones and skin will help keep diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes and heart disease, at bay.
5. Get Plenty of Rest
By consistently sleeping at least eight hours a night, you can significantly reduce wrinkles, dark circles, sallowness, and increase your energy levels.
6. Set Aside “Me” Time
Life can get incredibly busy with work, family, and our social lives. To keep yourself young, prioritize self-care during the week. Take time to read a good book, meditate, write, or even go treat yourself to a procedure like a HydraFacial to help freshen your appearance and fight off signs of aging.
7. Fight Inflammation
Inflammation in the gut, skin, and brain can significantly contribute to early signs of aging. A simple way to fight inflammation in your body is to drink plenty of water. If you tend to forget, use an app on your phone to give you periodic reminders. You can also invest in a water bottle that keeps track of your water consumption and helps you meet your daily hydration goals. You’ll notice a difference right away.
8. Manage Your Stress
There are many consequences of chronic stress, including a shortened lifespan and prominent signs of aging. There’s no way to avoid all sources of stress, but by managing the stress in your life through working with a therapist and setting healthy boundaries, you can prevent signs of aging and live a happier life.
9. Cosmetic Surgery
Millions of people have undergone some type of cosmetic surgery. Whether it’s eyelid surgery to give a more energetic appearance, a neck lift to tone lax skin along the jawline, or even cellulite reduction to help fight fat and smooth skin, cosmetic surgery can provide the confidence boost and motivation you need.
10. Exercise Your Mind
Continually challenge yourself by learning and trying different things. Do a brainteaser, pick a new hobby, or go someplace you’ve never been before. Seek activities that promote mindfulness, which will give you the creative energy and renewed spirit you need.
Maintain Your Youth in Huntington Beach, California
Board-certified in otolaryngology, Dr. Sarah Vakkalanka has been serving patients in Huntington Beach and Orange County for the past decade. She gains so much joy from seeing the increase in confidence her patients radiate after seeing their results in the mirror. If you want to regain your self-esteem or start preventing early signs of aging, Dr. Vakkalanka can help. You can contact us by phone at (714) 804-5460 or online to schedule your consultation.