The aging process is inevitable, and how gracefully – or otherwise – we give in is entirely up to us. However, maintaining young looking skin is probably the holy grail of keeping as youthful an appearance as possible, for both men and women, and although it’s better to lay the foundations of excellent skincare in your twenties, it’s never too late to start a regimen that will preserve and improve your complexion.
Although there’s a certain element of genetic luck involved in how youthful – or otherwise – you appear, smoking, poor diet, sun exposure, rapid weight loss, and general poor care will all conspire to give you wrinkles, and dull, grey skin. The simplest and cheapest quick-fix – and you will see the benefit in a few days – is to drink enough water. If you are properly hydrated, apart from feeling more alert, your skin will appear plumper and brighter.
Another no-cost helper is to get a decent night’s rest – it’s no old-wives’ tale to call it “beauty sleep”. It’s no surprise that the sluggish sensation of broken sleep patterns shows on the face. If your brain can’t get enough rest to process your day, then how can your skin expect to cope?
It is important to have a varied and healthy diet if you want to maintain a youthful appearance; it has been said that a woman of a certain age has to make the trade-off between her waistline and her jaw line – if one is trim, the other will sag, and there’s a certain amount of truth to that. As we age, skin thins, and a certain amount of elasticity is lost. However, a healthy diet, with generous quantities of fruit and vegetables, will find the happy medium.
Unless you plan on maintaining a “neutral expression of polite interest” – and we’ve all got an older female relative that has advised this as a sure-fire way of defeating wrinkles – it takes at least five facial muscles to express every human emotion. That’s the bad news. The good news is that whilst our eyes seem permanently creased into “laughter lines” past a certain age, smiling and laughing give the lower part of our faces a natural facelift!
Those are the cheap options – although there are no miracle creams, there are several products on the market that will maintain a certain level of elasticity through optimising your skin’s moisture levels, or provide temporary tightening of saggy areas, or filling in of shallower fine lines. A good eye cream, used nightly, will pay dividends, and a good quality brightening moisturiser can even make you look like you had eight hours’ sleep after a night on the tiles and a quick nap. Keeping your skin scrupulously clean and exfoliating regularly should also be high on your list.
The great elephant in the room of youthful skin is cosmetic surgery – whilst botox or a facelift might be a quick fix, surgical procedures invariably need a top up, and there is always a risk.
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