What happens as we age and tips to turn back the clock.
Cher’s famous song If I Could Turn Back Time is a song we know well and as many of us get older we may find ourselves singing these words louder and louder as the years tick by. The song is about losing a great love which some of us may relate to but moreover it is not only the great love I believe that Cher was singing about. Cher seems to have put a lot of effort at trying to turn back time and has either found the fountain of youth or has spent a lot of time and money to look far younger than her 70 and some odd years. Maybe a little too much time and money some might say.
How adorable are most of us when we are in our 20’s and even early 30’s that we do not even think about aging. We will be youthful forever right? We look good and feel good (sadly most of us take this for granted) and many of us do not realize what we are doing and not doing that contributes immensely to our older selves’ health and skin. Why didn’t we listen when our mother’s said to use sunscreen or to start moisturizing our neck? Why didn’t we know better? We were probably too busy having fun and being what we were supposed to be….young. Hopefully for most of us it was worth it because now our older selves are paying the price.
Most people do start showing signs of aging in their 20’s; but taking care of your skin young is essential to prevention. Many factors impact the aging process—including skin tone, genetics, and lifestyle and sun exposure—so aging varies per person. It doesn’t matter if you are in your 20’s or your 60’s, as the years add up so do the lines on your face. The older we get, the more our skin shows our true age and skincare only can do so much. We age and we see things start happening like loss of facial volume and collagen – our wrinkles which start off as a fine line here or there start increasing and then deepening. Our skins texture may start to change becoming blotchy and uneven as the years go by. The fountain of youth has not yet been discovered and no, I personally do not think the answer lies in that rare French melon Cindy Crawford speaks of although she looks amazing. I think it may take a bit more than that. So what are we to do? Let’s start by looking at what to expect in aging through the years and what are the best treatments/procedures there are to combat it.
It is an age many of us neglect our body and skin but this is the age to start really focusing on your skin as you can lay the foundation for better skin in your later years. At this time you don’t necessarily need to worry about firming, lines or anti-aging – what you need to start thinking of is prevention. The regimen should be simple. Focus on hydration, hydration, and hydration. Also just as important if not more is avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen. Hydration and avoiding daily sun exposure will prevent early aging and skin discoloration in the future. Recommendations in your 20’s would be to maybe start to think about seeing a dermatologist. Treatments such as LED light therapy are sometimes used in your earlier years to stimulate collagen. Don’t forget eating right and a good night’s sleep is not always a priority for some in these years but will make a difference in your skin and overall health now and in the future.
Some of us here may start seeing signs of aging earlier in this decade and some later but it is starting. Some things may bother some of us more than others but the signs of our years are becoming visible. Years of facial expression and sun exposure are starting to surface. Fine lines at the corner of the eyes called “crow’s feet” may be evident. Frown lines may start to appear. Our skin texture may start to change a little. Signs of tiredness around the eyes are more noticeable for some evidenced by puffiness. Skin may start to sag a little in certain areas or our cheek bones may not appear as high and full as they once did. Most dermatologists and plastic surgeons agree this is the time to start using Botox for prevention but conservatively. For some this may seem too early, but relaxing the facial muscles now will prevent what now are only fine lines from deepening into creases in our 40s and 50s. In this decade laser is also used quite frequently for many things such as collagen stimulation and tightening or resurfacing of the skin. Seeing your dermatologist or specialty doctor for any areas of concern is recommended now. Do not wait. .
40 is the new 20 right? This may be true in some areas – if only it was true for our skin. Sorry. The fine lines are now deepening and appearing in different areas. Volume is lost and skin starts sagging and flattening. Skin texture is worsening and aging is now becoming more evident not only on your face but your neck and hands. Botox again is recommended. Filler such as Juvaderm or Voluma (which is longer lasting) may be used to plump cheeks or fill frown lines. Treatments such as Retinol or chemical peels can brighten skin and even skin tone. Also different types of laser may now be used to correct hyper- pigmentation and resurface skin. A good skin care regimen is essential. Talk with your doctor for product recommendations. It is vital to use the right skin care products for your skin type.
Your 50s & 60s:
Hormonal changes can cause drastic changes in our skin in this decade. Volume loss is more evident and skin becomes much drier as moisture loss is evident. Again, lines will deepen and age spots and skin texture changes may increase. Hands and neck are aging as well as other areas such as the legs will show increased signs of aging. Varicose veins may appear as well as crepiness on the neck and upper chest area. Some women at this age consider now a face-lift. A good combination of Botox and fillers and a face-lift may not be necessary. Laser treatments if one hasn’t already done so are another option. Coolaser can be used on the hands and body as well as the face to eliminate signs of aging. Additional treatments such as micro needling may help tighten and firm the skin. A procedure called fat transferring is also a consideration. It involves the transfer of fat from one area of your body such as your buttock or abdominal area to your face to plump and fill areas where volume loss is greatest such as your cheeks or temples. Sculptera injections are also a consideration to reinforce collagen structure.
The lengths we go to for youth and beauty is far reaching. We want to feel good about ourselves and looking good makes us feel good. Some of us age proud and gracefully while others go forward fighting, kicking and screaming. I believe that the majority of us are somewhere living discreetly in the middle, trying to look and feel our best making smart and hopefully informed choices. The great thing is that there is a treatment regimen for everyone. Do your research and seek out the care of a reputable doctor as well as aesthetics professional or professionals that you can trust. You’re worth it.