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|Aging or Photoaging: Why Not All Wrinkles Are Necessary
Nowadays, we’re constantly told to use multiple products that can reduce visible signs of aging, or even make them disappear altogether.
Unfortunately, since aging is still seen as something not wanted, many women fall into the trap of buying almost every anti-aging product hoping it’ll help them look much younger.
The truth is, not all wrinkles are the same and therefore, they shouldn’t be treated the same way.
So, here are some useful tips that will help you learn more about the aging process and find the best ways to make your skin look flawless.
Aging or Photo-Aging: Why Not All Wrinkles Are Necessary
First of all, let’s make this clear: Aging isn’t That Bad!
Aging isn’t something you should be afraid of: it’s natural and it happens to all of us, including animals and plants. It’s definitely difficult seeing changes on your face and the rest of the body, but once you learn to embrace them, you’ll feel less anxious about getting older.
There are steps that can help you slow the process, but you shouldn’t be too fussed regarding something that happens to everyone.
Instead, make sure that you’re ensuring the best possible care for your skin, body, and mind so you won’t look older than your actual age.
Then, What is Photoaging?
Wrinkles usually first appear around the eyes, then around the lips and lastly, people start getting dark spots on their hands.
Some people prefer or have no choice but to spend a long time exposed to direct sunlight which can cause premature aging that manifests in wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Photoaging is the type of aging that happens due to chronic exposure to UVA and UVB sun rays. This aging is different from intrinsic (regular) aging because it results from environmental factors, and it isn’t determined by genetics.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms are wrinkles around the parts of the body that are often exposed to direct sunlight, mostly eyes, forehead, and mouth.
Other early symptoms are spider veins around the neck, depigmentation of the skin and loss of fullness and color of the lips.
Due to prolonged exposure to UV, there are other, more serious symptoms such as leathery skin, followed by laxity, deeper wrinkles, age spots on face and hands, and sometimes even pre-cancerous, scaly spots and cutaneous malignancies.
In order to avoid these, you need to keep yourself protected at all costs, even if you don’t have issues with sunburns and skin redness.
Treatment and Prevention
The best treatment is limiting your exposure to direct UVA and UVB lights especially during hot weather conditions and peak hours (between noon and afternoon).
But, since that’s not entirely possible, it’s extremely important to wear sunscreen every day, with a higher SPF level, especially if you’re pale-skinned and more prone to sunburn.
In case your skin is on a more sensitive spectrum, it’s also essential to learn to properly apply your sunscreen and then make sure to reapply it after exposing yourself to water.
Additionally, it’s crucial to wear sun-protective clothes and accessories, including hats and sunglasses. Since the sun can make the skin look chapped and dry, you should definitely incorporate rich hydration skincare into your daily and evening routine so your skin will look smooth and fresh even after sun exposure.
Don’t Forget Self-Care
Home remedies such as DIY Masks and Cleansers can have a positive effect on your skin, due to natural rich ingredients and lack of harsh chemicals.
If you want to reduce the signs of aging, you should give your face some care, so don’t forget to use nourishing masks rich in vitamin E, coconut, argan, and jojoba oil, as these have excellent anti-aging properties.
Also, eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can keep your skin elastic and fresh. Coffee, cigarettes, alcohol can make skin appear dry and lifeless, so if possible, try to limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption.
As mentioned before, aging is a normal process and the sooner you embrace, the better you’ll feel. On the other hand, photoaging can be damaging to your skin and health, so if you must expose yourself to sun rays, make sure to regularly wear sunscreen when you leave the house and don’t forget to keep your skin properly cleansed and moisturized.
So This was it for today. I hope you have found this post helpful.
Have a Good Day! 😇