Aging can be quite a distressing process for most women. There is no way to beautify your wrinkles than to just accept them. However, there are many practices that we may perform in our everyday lives, not knowing that they prematurely add 10 years to our face, making us look tired, frigid and old. Accepting that aging is a natural process and keeping special care of our skin and health is the only way to age gracefully.
Many women go for more invasive methods of anti aging like Botox, uplifts and other forms of surgery. Although these may provide temporary relief against the ‘age-sag’, they prove to be more damaging to the skin in the long run. Not to mention, the side effects of putting unwanted chemicals in your body. Here are some anti-aging mistakes women make that age them prematurely.
1. Not Using Sun Screen
UV rays are a major reason for skin damage, namely photoaging- the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun. Photoaging is not part of the natural aging process and can be largely avoided by making a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of 15 to 30, part of your daily routine all year round.
2. Not Using An Eye Cream
Eye creams are a very effective way of preventing crow’s feet and wrinkles from an early age. A good brand eye cream should be added to the night routine of everyone over the age of 20, as the fine lines appear around the eyes earlier than the rest.
3. Avoiding Your Neck Region
The area around the chest and neck lack the oil glands that are present in the skin of your face. This oil helps reduce over-drying of the skin and keeps it smooth and supple. Most women neglect to moisturize their neck and chest, that leads to the development of wrinkles on the neck and cleavage due to over drying.
4. Avoiding Exercise
It is true that our metabolism decreases as we age, making it difficult to lose weight. However, this must not be taken as a reason to forego of all exercise completely. Exercise is not only important for shedding a few pounds, but is also very good for a healthy lifestyle. By exerting yourself, you keep your body ‘in-shape’ ensuring that nothing is left unused for too long. Yoga and meditating outdoors can help your skin breathe, making it more fresh and radiant.
5. Excessive Salt Intake
Salt has many names and it sneaks into our lives in many forms. When taken in excess, it raises our blood pressure, causes our ankles to swell and creates deep wells under our eyes. It is, however, important to note that salt intake is important to maintain the electrolyte balance in the body. Therefore, it should be taken in moderation.
6. Tugging And Rubbing Your Eyes
Most of us are in a habit of rubbing our eyes first thing in the morning, tugging the skin around the eyes when we’re stressed or tired and even, tugging the ends of the eyes to apply eyeliner. These little habits lead to the development of crow’s feet around the eyes and easily add 10 years to our face.
7. Thinking of Yourself As Old
We meet a lot of women who sink into depression when they realize they are no longer their 20-year-old selves. We are our happiest when we live full, active lives. So much of how we feel relates to how we see ourselves. Our bodies are made up of cells with numbered days. They grow, age, deteriorate and decompose. Our bodies will always follow this path, but our minds can remain as fresh, young and new as we wish. We are only as old as we think we are.
Take care ladies.