In the constant quest for eternally youthful skin, can we ever actually halt or reverse the effects of aging skin?

Our obsession with aging and trying to keep our faces (and bodies!) looking exactly like they did in our 20s, is a quest which has driven a billion-dollar global anti-aging market to the level that it’s at today.  According to the website Statista.com, the “global anti-aging market was estimated to be worth about 58.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020”.  Not only that but it is estimated to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% percent between 2021 and 2026.  So where exactly are these billions being spent?

When it comes to our skin, there are literally millions of products to choose from. These products range from the regular run of the mill daytime and night time moisturizers to top range serums containing derivative from various vitamins. Some of the most common are: Retinoids, which are derivatives of Vitamin A, serums containing Vitamin C L-ascorbic acid, hyaluronic acid , AHA’s Alpha hydroxy acids, Peptides, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B3. We could literally spend thousands on our faces each month not including all the other trimmings like face scrubs, cleansers, toners, face masks and peels. The list is endless!

And if you’re not convinced that and that you should be doing more to ensure you don’t look a day over the age of 12, (ever!) then of course you can go down the route of cosmetic treatments – either surgical or non-surgical. Depending on how brave you are. On the non-invasive side of things, one can avail of treatments such as Botox Anti-Wrinkle Injections, Lip Fillers (yes, these are what usually produce the trout-pout), Vampire Facials (where you literally have your own blood injected into your face), Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty, Silhouette Soft (Thread Lift) Mesotherapy, and Chemical Peels. Failing that, if you happen to have a couple of thousand quid lying around the house, then you may even want to go under the knife and consider full-on cosmetic surgery.

Copyright: The Top 5 Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips – Dr. Anthony Youn

One thing which is worth mentioning is that while there are many articles out there that outline all of these treatments and options, rarely do the same articles mention the fact that there are many things we can do before we shell out thousands on treatments. Here are a few common lifestyle factors that can affect our skin—some negatively, some positively:

  • Too Much Alcohol Can Age Your Skin – Nobody’s saying you have to give you your glass of vino in the evenings particularly as it may be many people’s only source of pleasure in the last year – but cutting down may be well worth it.  Alcohol dehydrates your skills and chronic dehydration leads to the development of fine lines. Fact!
  • Too Too Much Sun Can Damage Your Skin.  We all know this, or at least we should so the moral of this story is wear sunscreen.  End of!
  • Smoking Leads to Sagging, Fine Lines, and Uneven Skin Tone and let’s face it, there ain’t nothing attractive about it.  Smoking chronically deprives the skin of essential nutrients and oxygen, while degrading its essential building blocks— collagen and elastin.
  • Stress & Emotions Can Exacerbate Skin Conditions – something which anyone who has ever sat an exam or had a period knows about!
  • A Nutritious Diet & Exercise Send Healthy Nutrients to Skin.  This is something which cannot be emphasized enough and in fact it may be the most important point of all.  Like you cannot out-exercise a bad diet, you also cannot ‘out-age’ a bad diet. Keeping yourself well hydrated (2 litres a day) and following a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, can actually keep you looking up to 10 years younger than your biological age.  Perhaps you don’t want to hear this but exercise is kind of like diet’s co-pilot and cannot be underestimated.  As well as keeping you toned and keeping you brain in tip-top shape, it carries all of those essential nutrients you eat straight to your skin cells. Moving your body will also relieve stress, and we all know that stress is not skin-friendly. Of course you could simply avoid all of this altogether and simply use Photoshop to eradiate a few random lines like in these two pictures below. The first photograph is before Photoshopping. In the second photograph, some lines have been softened on the cheek, the forehead, and above the lips and some age spots removed using the ‘Healing Brush Tool’. Additionally the Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Colour were used from the Image Menu.
Copyright: Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels. Photograph after photoshop.

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