Healthy Aging Month: Celebrate with these Easy-to-Incorporate Tips

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are easy to remember, and not just because they’re already printed on the calendar. When it comes to national health observances (NHOs), however, they tend to come and go without much notice from most of us. A National Health Observance highlights an importance health issue that affects the entire nation.

September of each year is dedicated to raising awareness about healthy aging as well as food safety, childhood obesity, and substance use recovery. When we think of aging, we typically think of bodily concerns like brittle bones and stiff joints, but aging affects the skin as well.

This year, take the time to learn about the effects of aging on your skin and what you can do to protect it now and for the future.

How Does Aging Affect the Skin?

When you’re in your teens and early twenties, aging is the last thing on your mind. By the time you hit 25, however, you may start to notice the start of fine lines that will deepen over time into wrinkles. Many causes of aging can’t be prevented, but it’s worth knowing what factors contribute to premature aging so you can take steps to protect your skin.

Fine lines and wrinkles are often the first noticeable signs of skin aging. We tend to develop small, shallow wrinkles at the corners of the eyes (frequently referred to as crow’s feet) or the mouth (often called laugh lines). Everyone ages differently, but most people show some visible signs of aging by the time they reach 30.

These fine lines are followed by wrinkles that develop on the forehead. As you age, your skin starts to produce less collagen and elastin – these are the structural proteins that help give skin its firmness and bounce-back quality. Mature skin tends to lose volume and structure which leads to sagging skin on the face and neck. A fold develops between the nose and mouth, and the skin sometimes takes on a crepey texture as sebum production slows and the skin becomes drier.

While aging is largely a matter of time, internal factors like hormones, circulation, and genetics can influence the speed at which your skin ages. Prolonged sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and poor nutrition play a role as well. If you use irritating skin products or fail to care for your skin at all, the visible signs of aging will set in more quickly and could be hard to reverse later.

What Can You Do to Protect It?

The wheel of time keeps turning and while you may not be able to reverse all of its effects, there are steps you can take to slow the process. The sooner you start taking care of your skin, the better. It’s never too early to build healthy skincare habits and even if you feel like it’s already too late to start, years down the line you’ll be glad you did.

Here are a few easy-to-follow tips to help you protect your skin as you age:

  • Wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen every day (SPF 50 is even better) to protect your skin against UV rays. Photoaging is the primary external cause of skin aging.
  • Learn how to manage your stress. Stress contributes to accelerated aging but simple practices like meditation, breathing exercises, and self-care can help you keep it under control.
  • Follow a daily skincare routine. Even a basic routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing will help protect your skin. Be sure to include the neck, décolleté, and hands which can show the visible signs of aging just as much as your face.
  • Do your best to get an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep is when your body rests and recharges – it’s important for your overall health but also plays a key role in skin health.
  • Exfoliate twice a week. Your skin is in a constant state of renewal which means dead cells are always accumulating on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation helps buff them away to prevent clogged pores and keep your complexion radiant and youthful.
  • Nourish your body and your skin with a balanced diet. Too many fried and processed foods can interfere with healthy bodily function and may contribute to skin concerns like acne.
  • Use an intensive mask once or twice a week. A mask is a product you leave on your skin for an extended period of time – generally 15 to 30 minutes or overnight. Masks can help address specific concerns like dehydration, excess oil production, or aging.
  • Drink plenty of water. The human body is made up of more than 50% water, so hydration is absolutely essential. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated as well with moisturizing skincare products.

While a daily skincare routine goes a long way, regular facials can help you resolve current skin concerns and help you protect your long-term skin health. A professional spa facial begins with a skin analysis in which the esthetician takes a closer look at your skin to identify issues like congestion, excess oil, or breakouts. Using this information, they can tailor your treatment according to your skin type and make custom skincare recommendations.

Use the Spa Locator to find a Yon-Ka Paris partner spa near you. If you’re simply looking for a little guidance in choosing the right products for your skin, consult the Skincare Advisor in the Yon-Ka shop.

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