Diet, exercise, and sunscreen won’t stop aging, but these and other lifestyle factors can help you age more gracefully. Take control of the aging process with these lifestyle tips to improve aging from Dr. Brian Machida at STC Plastic Surgery.
Be Sun Aware
Approximately 80% of visible aging is caused by the sun and its rays. You can significantly cut down on aging by making a few simple changes to your sun habits. Sun exposure is cumulative, so even if you’ve had bad habits in the past, changes will keep damage from worsening.
Ideally, your sun protection plan should be multifaceted. Sunscreen isn’t the only solution, although it is an important way to protect your skin. These sun smart habits can help you reduce your skin’s UV exposure.
- Cover Up- Hats, sunglasses, and light layers provide a physical layer of protection between your skin and the sun.
- Use Sunscreen- Dr. Machida recommends that all patients use sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ each day. Be generous in your application; most of our patients don’t use enough. A large nickel sized dollop of sunscreen will protect your face, while a shot glass full is enough for the full body. If you’re in the sun, reapply every couple of hours, more frequently if you’re wet or sweaty.
- Avoid Peak Sun Hours- The sun is strongest in the late morning and early afternoon hours. When you can, schedule outdoor activities before 10 am or after 3 pm. Seek out shade when possible.
Slow the Pace with Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments
As your skin ages, you’ll start to notice subtle changes to your appearance. Fine lines may appear around the eyes. Creases may form between the brows or on the forehead. The cheeks will lose volume and skin may begin to sag. These subtle changes can often be improved with non-surgical treatments. BOTOX® and dermal fillers are popular injectable treatments. BOTOX® treats dynamic wrinkles, those wrinkles caused by muscle activity including crow’s feet and the parallel, vertical creases between the brows. Fillers can restore facial volume, smooth wrinkles, and even plump up the lips.
Say Yes to Exercise
An active lifestyle offers many benefits, including improvement to the skin’s appearance. Exercise improves circulation and increases blood flow. This brings additional oxygen and nutrients to the skin. It also helps to flush free-radicals from the area, transporting them to the liver when they can be processes and eliminated.
We recommend exercise, and often, but remember to use sunscreen if you’ll be outdoors. Stay hydrated while you work out, as proper hydration also offers skin helping benefits.
Beauty sleep isn’t a myth. Getting the right amount of rest each night really does offer benefits for your skin. Catching enough ZZZs can reduce wrinkles, puffiness under the eyes, and a dull skin appearance. Most adults need 7-8 hours a night, but your sleep needs may vary.
Invest in Cosmetic Surgical Treatments as Needed
With these lifestyle habits, many patients can delay the need for surgical treatments by many years. However, the time will come when aging progresses to a point that surgical intervention will be the most effective way to reverse it. Facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery are some of the our most popular procedures for an aging face. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Machida and explore your options for surgical rejuvenation.
STC Plastic Surgery is located in the Inland Empire and offers facial plastic surgery to men and women throughout the area. Call us at 800-303-9541 to schedule your consultation with us.