The human body ages and there is nothing we can do about it. Wrinkles and gray hair are two tell-tale signs that our bodies are getting older. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to keep that youthful look even when we are in our 50’s and 60’s? You might be surprised to hear that there are many people of that age who don’t look a day over 40. Through some miracle they have retained their youthful good looks and may not even have any signs of aging. Are they beings from outer space? No, they are a few lucky people blessed with good genes who choose to live a healthier lifestyle.

Diet and health have a lot to do with how we look. Lack of sleep and a poor diet can cause you to look older than you are. Dark circles, hollow cheeks and a tired expression can add 10 years to your appearance. It may seem as if there is no way to avoid wrinkles and looking older but there is hope and the benefits to living healthier are returned in many ways. Not just by saving you money but also in improving your overall health.

Signs of Aging

For many people, the first physical signs of aging include wrinkles across the forehead and/or lines around the eyes and mouth. These areas show the changes in the skin texture the quickest. You probably remember people telling you it takes more muscles to frown than to smile and that frowning gives you wrinkles.   Forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet are generally the first things women notice on themselves.

How do Forehead Wrinkles Form?

In our 20’s and 30’s our skin is healthy and producing a good amount of collagen so our skin is smooth and firm. No wrinkles, creases or furrows! You may have had high cheekbones and wide eyes. As the body ages, that skin loses the elasticity to stretch and retain its former shape so it sags and begins to crease in areas such as the eyes, mouth and neck. The forehead gets wrinkles and the skin on the neck and jaw area gets saggy. The collagen production that kept our skin firm and stretchy has slowed down and the body does not make as much as it used to. Changes in our environment may contribute to this condition as well.  Smog, pollution, sun exposure and smoking all wreak havoc on the body systems.

Genetics and Aging

Genetics also plays a part in the aging process. Some people age slower or faster than others due to their DNA. If your parents and grandparents aged slowly, it is a good indication that you may too.

Eating and Sleeping

Diet

Poor nutrition can cause hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin and a host of other symptoms.  The body needs nutrients to stay healthy. If you are dieting be sure to add enough good fats to your daily food intake. Omega 3 fatty acids keep the hair soft and shiny while moisturizing the skin.

The skin needs moisture and it gets it through water and fluids we take in as well as lotions and creams we put on our skin. The body needs 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to hydrate the skin and tissues and keep everything running smoothly.  Fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins offer the benefits of vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes and antioxidants that fight disease.

Sleep Habits

If you tend to sleep on your stomach you may be pressing wrinkles and creases in your forehead as you sleep. Even with a soft pillow, pressure from your face being pressed into the pillow or mattress leaves an impression on the skin and over time those become furrows and wrinkles.  The best position for sleeping is on the back with your head slightly raised. Raising the head of your bed helps a lot to restore the balance of gravity.

Wrinkle Treatments

Botox

The American Academy of Dermatology, or AAD, has approved Botox injections for cosmetic use to remove wrinkles and fine lines.  Botox serums injected into facial muscles relax them and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It literally freezes those muscles so that the skin is stretched smooth and does not crease when laughing or smiling.  This process is performed in the office and takes only a few minutes. This treatment for wrinkles is temporary and must be repeated often to achieve the desired look.

Line Fillers

Line fillers are injected into the soft tissue underneath the skin to plump it up and fill in those creases and furrows. This also is a temporary fix and must be repeated every few months as the filler is absorbed into the body.

Wrinkle creams

Wrinkle creams are the least expensive and the least painful method of treating wrinkles.  Antioxidants and other helpful ingredients encourage collagen production and improve the look and feel of the skin making wrinkles disappear. This treatment is repeated nightly before bed and the effects can be seen in a few weeks. Natural ingredients ensure a safe and effective product that will not burn or irritate the skin. Natural products are always the best.

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