Remember the thigh master and ab roller of the 90’s (just use this thing for 10 minutes a day and you’ll have slim thighs or six pack abs.)? I don’t know about you, but I jumped right on the ab roller opportunity with high hopes for my post-babies belly.
I could feel the burn as I worked diligently for weeks with that beautiful purple wheelie thing, but I never saw even one hint of the promised six pack. So much for spot toning.
The same goes for your skin. I’m often asked if it’s possible to spot treat a wrinkle or line that’s bothering someone. The truth is that, without medical intervention, you can’t.
Your body is a whole system and you can’t melt fat from just one area or fix one wrinkle. It takes working on your whole system to see the results you want.
You can soften and improve the look of wrinkles using some of the methods we’ll talk about below, but medical intervention with Botox, fillers, or laser treatments are the only way to change or get rid of a particularly troublesome wrinkle.
The Skin is an Organ
Just like you can’t really spot treat a part of your liver or lung (without surgical intervention), trying to spot treat a wrinkle doesn’t really work either.
Skin is your largest organ and your most visible indicator of overall health. Besides keeping the rest of you together and protected from the outside world in a beautiful, nicely cushioned package, it keeps fluids and moisture in, regulates your body temperature, and houses the nerves that allow sensations like hot and cold, sharp and smooth, etc.
And just like your liver, lungs, heart and other organs, if you don’t take good care it, you may end up with trouble.
Why Your Skin Wrinkles
Your skin forms wrinkles and fine lines over time because the underlying support proteins, collagen and elastin, decline as we age.
Part of this is a normal part of the aging process called intrinsic aging. In your twenties, collagen production begins to decline and drops about 1% a year thereafter. This is why your skin begins to be a bit looser as the years go by. Decreased oil production makes the skin drier, more prone to sagging, wrinkles, dark spots.
This process can be accelerated by outside forces called extrinsic aging. Cross linking of proteins from sun damage, inflammation, and DNA damage from free radicals (UV rays from the sun, pollution, blue light from devices) make skin more prone to sagging, wrinkling, dark spots. It’s estimated that 90% of wrinkling, fine lines, sagging, and uneven pigmentation are from extrinisic (mostly sun) damage.
Skin and body changes are normal as we age. Those lines on our faces tell the story of our lives. They add depth and character to our faces.
But, just like your other organs and body as a whole, you need to take care good care of your skin so that you look and feel your best and safeguard your health into the future.
How Can I Reduce Wrinkles on My Face (or how can you look great at any age)?
Without medical procedures, you can’t really erase wrinkles. Once the damage is done and the wrinkle is there, it’s there. Sorry. If there’s something that really bothers you, the medical interventions can often help. Just be aware that trying to obliterate every line and wrinkle that pops up is like playing a game of whac- a mole.
The good news: you can do a lot of things to soften and improve your skin and its health. The big bonus here is that by doing these 8 things, you’ll improve your overall health, you’ll feel better, and that will reflect in your beautiful, glowing skin.
- Get plenty of sleep. It’s truly the ultimate health and beauty treatment
- Reduce your stress levels. Chronic stress is associated with increased inflammation which leads to a dull complexion, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging because stress hormones breakdown collagen.
- Drink enough water. Water makes every process in your body run better and the first place that even slight dehydration shows up is on your skin
- Cut way down on sugar and increase the veggies and fruit. Sugar increases inflammation. Fruits and veggies reduce inflammation and increase antioxidants. Simple.
- Always use sun protection. This is the biggest thing you can do to prevent further extrinsic aging and damage.
- Adjust your attitude- a positive attitude has a positive effect on your skin, and a happy face is a beautiful face
- Move your body regularly, daily exercise increases circulation to your skin bringing oxygen, nutrients and hormones your skin needs and carrying away waste products
- Have a consistent skin care routine with good quality products. Consistently doing the basics-cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen are the top priorities for good skin health.
A Consistent Skincare Routine
After about 35 and definitely by 40, it’s time to reconsider skin care products. There is no getting around your skin changing as you get older and that’s ok. There’s a lot you can do to keep your skin beautiful.
- You’ll want a gentle cleanser. Cut out hard scrubbing and hot water.
- You’ll benefit from some active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, plant stem cells and peptides
- You’ll need to maintain the moisture in your skin with a moisturizer that nourishes and protects your skin with great, proven ingredients.
This is Not The Time To Give up
While you can’t get sleek thighs or ripped abdominals or a wrinkle less face with a simple spot treatment alone, you can do a lot (of simple things) to look and feel better and be happier with yourself. The key is in taking the time to take great care of all of you.
I’ve found the key is to develop routines. I know it sounds like a lot. But it really isn’t.
Routines can feel hard when you first start working them in, but after a few weeks they’ll become easier and you’ll reap the rewards. If you make a habit of having a soothing bedtime routine, exercising, destressing and morning and night skin care routines, your life will be easier. You will look better. And feel better. And have more energy. Promise.
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