The Beginner’s Guide to Anti-Aging

The Beginner’s Guide to Anti-Aging

Anti-aging products are designed to prevent the appearance of getting older. Most skin care products are designed to address certain signs of aging, while other products prevent them. Taking anti-aging and preventative aging measures should be a focus for everyone, regardless to gender, age, or skin type.

Here’s what you need to know to prevent visible aging.

Intrinsic/extrinsic aging: Although how we will age is genetically programmed and cannot be changed (called intrinsic aging), genetics are only responsible for only 20-30% of aging. The other 70%-80% of how you will visibly age depends on extrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is the result of environmental stressors, lifestyle choices, and other things that can be controlled. Therefore, the choices you make in caring for your skin will far outweigh your genetic predisposition.

If you want to preserve your youthful appearance, you must focus on lifestyle choices and other things you can control. 

What makes the skin age faster? 

The sun. The number one aging determinant is exposure to the sun. UV rays given off by the sun are the number one reason for premature skin aging. To prevent this, you must wear sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out. Sunscreen will dramatically slow down how quickly the skin shows the visible signs of aging.

Sleeping positions. Did you know that sleeping is believed to be the second most prominent cause of wrinkles? One surprising cause of premature wrinkling on the face and décolleté (chest) is sleep, or more precisely, the position of the body during sleep. To prevent crepes between the breasts, marionette lines around the mouth and wrinkles around the eyes, try to get in the habit of sleeping on your back because sleeping on the side is like ironing wrinkles into the skin. If you sleep on your side, you could be spending more than 2,500 hours per year potentially reversing the positive effects of your skin care treatments. 

Facial expressions. Creases from repetitive face movements (squinting, laughing, smiling, talking, yawning) result in lines and wrinkles. Of course, our faces were meant to move and a life without smiling or laughing is not really a life at all, but there are things that we can do to avoid facial expressions that are unnecessary. First, get your eyes checked and/or wear sunglasses when outdoors to avoid squinting from blurry vision will most definitely accelerate wrinkles around the eyes. Second, try to be mindful of the facial expressions you make. At times, we make facial expressions such as frown our foreheads unnecessarily and without noticing. If we are mindful of those expressions, we can correct them.

Smoking. Smoking, including secondhand smoke, starves cells of oxygen, resulting in dull, tired-looking skin. Also, collagen-destroying enzymes (MMPs) ramp up when exposed to tobacco smoke, dramatically increasing how quickly the skin wrinkles. 

Drug use. Every drug will affect the body differently, but generally speaking, medications and drug use can cause stress on the nervous system, which elevates hormones. This will contribute to the wear and tear of connective tissue, resulting in loose, sagging skin.

When to start using anti-aging products.

Since the sun is the primary cause of premature aging, this makes sunscreen the most biologically active ingredient available. Sunscreen, more so than any other skin care product sold over-the-counter, has the greatest ability to prevent wrinkles and premature skin aging. Sunscreen can be applied to children as young as six months of age, which essentially means that anti-aging begins at less than one year of age.

But purchasing products specifically to reverse the rate at which aging occurs should began in the 20s. At this time you should start with the easy decisions like purchasing makeup that contains SPF and applying a moisturizer at night because if you don’t take preventive measures in the 20s, you will see early wrinkles in the 30s. 

What are the best anti-aging ingredients?

There are several anti-aging ingredients that should be used regularly but there are a few that I absolutely love and strongly recommend. If used correctly, these ingredients will not clog pores or irritate sensitive skin and you can find these ingredients in various Dermal Dab products.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of my absolute favorite ingredients for its tremendous ability to retain moisture and plump the skin. 

Vitamin A is another must-have ingredient. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that stimulates collagen, increases blood flow, and reduces wrinkles but Vitamin A reacts to sunlight and should be applied only at night. 

Epithelial Growth Factor (EGF) promotes cellular turnover and healing. This ingredient is especially necessary for those with eczema or prone to blemishes and other visible imperfections.

Gloycolic acid (and other AHAs) adds radiance, smooth lines, fades blemishes, and allows other anti-aging ingredients to penetrate faster and more effectively.

There is no way to stop aging from occurring but if by following these tips, you will age more slowly, radiate confidence, and be happier with your appearance.

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