The women of today are not so different than those of times gone by in that the quest for the fountain of youth has been an obsession since time began. It's no secret that the body and face are far more attractive in youth than in old age and that with today's active lifestyles women are remaining younger at heart for longer than ever. So naturally we strive to accomplish the goal of making an aging face match the youthful demeanor today's middle-aged and older-aged people demonstrate.
Historically women have long endured painful procedures to look attractive by:
These treatments can be invasive and embarrassing but we persevere none-the-less in the name of beauty. Making the decision to alter appearance is a personal choice and one should be well informed before embarking on any procedure. It is important to understand how the skin works so as to know how and why treatments can be effective.
The Skinny on Skin
The skin is the body's largest organ, measuring just over 22 square feet if it were stretched out. It is not only a protective layer for what is contained therein, but is vital to regulating body temperature and facilitating a sense of touch. It is a major producer of collagen, which is the elastic material that keeps it taut, as well as being a biological rejuvenation system; the body will shed and replace the entire outer layer of skin approximately every 35 days. As we age, the production of collagen slows, and the muscles underneath the skin become loose, which is what produces fine lines and eventually turn into wrinkles. These natural progressions are a normal part of the skin's life and the effects can be intensified without proper preventative maintenance. Here are a few things which you can control to slow down the aging process:
Wear sunscreen - This cannot be stressed enough. Skin exposed to powerful UV rays is far more susceptible to premature aging, spots on body, and dryness.
Hydrate - The body without water is like a machine without oil. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially in the summer
Get lots of rest - Collagen production kicks into high-gear when the body is asleep
Quit smoking - aside from the numerous medical afflictions cigarettes can cause, each puff is like blowing a hair dryer onto a wet cloth. Eventually the cloth will become stiff and rough to the touch while a similar effect can also be seen on the skin, virtually drying it from the inside out.
Taking these factors into consideration will extend the natural ability of the skin to remain firm and taut. No one can escape the effects of aging forever, but with a few simple healthy lifestyle improvements the need for outside help can be delayed, and when the time does come to implement treatments
the skin will be ready to work alongside them.