Age is just a number, although this has proven to be true, feeling young and looking younger are two different things, and fine lines, wrinkles, graying hair, and sagging skin can have a real impact on how we perceive ourselves. ourselves as we age.
Many of us try countless creams and procedures and spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on anti-aging products that never seem to work. Fortunately, as we begin to better understand aging and the causes of changes in our appearance, there are preventive measures, lifestyle changes, and natural treatments that help.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Before you start looking for anti-aging products, it's important that you understand what causes wrinkles in the first place. By understanding what goes on behind the scenes of your skin, you can prevent aging and not be fooled by a convincing sales rep at a pharmacy who says their cream works.
The science of aging skin
As you age, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile. This is due to decreased production of collagen, a protein that forms the structure of the skin, and elastin, which provides flexibility (also known as the ability to "bounce"). There is also a decrease in fat in the deeper layers of the skin and natural oils that provide hydration. This decrease in production causes the skin to become drier, thinner, and looser, leading to wrinkled skin.
However, in reality these natural and biological factors that lead to skin aging represent only a small amount of what actually makes us appear older. Our lifestyle and environmental factors are what accelerate the natural aging process and are the reason why some of us look older than others, even if we are not.
Factors that cause wrinkles on your chest
The factors below can also affect your neck and face. (Just do a few simple facial expressions and you'll notice that the skin on your neck, and even your chest, will be affected.)
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the single most important factor affecting how quickly your skin ages. UV rays break down collagen and elastin fibers deep in the dermis layer of our skin. This lack of connective tissue support decreases the strength and flexibility of the skin, causing it to sag and wrinkle. The sun can also cause sun spots and other discolorations associated with aging.
Your best defense: Sun protection and protective clothing. Although we need a certain amount of sun exposure to meet our vitamin D requirements every day, be sure to protect yourself from overexposure by wearing sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and protective clothing, such as high-cut shirts.
Although scientists aren't entirely sure about the mechanism, smoking has been shown to speed up the aging process, especially in the skin. Current thinking is that smoking affects the blood supply to the skin, which makes you look old. Smoking also tends to deplete the body of important nutrients, many of which are important for skin health.
Your best defense to looking younger: Plain and simple, don't smoke and don't spend time with people who do. If you think facial skin looks wrinkled, you can imagine what skin looks like after years of this unhealthy habit.
Repeated facial expressions
It sounds counterintuitive, but what you do above the collar of your shirt affects what is below it as well. If you never moved your face, never smiled or frowned, you probably have fewer wrinkles. This is because when we repeat certain facial expressions over and over again, such as squinting or smiling, a groove forms under the surface of the skin. As the elastin fibers and flexibility of our skin decrease over time, our skin is unable to return to its place and develop fine lines and wrinkles. And, before you know it, you have wrinkles starting on your forehead and running past your chest.
Your best defense: You can't go through life without expression, however you can avoid things like squinting when wearing sunglasses, reading with glasses, or wearing your contact lenses. To get rid of chest wrinkles, you can also use the same homemade masks, but on his chest.
Can you reverse aging and remove wrinkles on the chest?
Yes, and no. You can avoid it somehow, you can reduce it, and you can reduce fine lines and wrinkles to some extent. But at the end of the day, we all get old and if you live long enough, you will start to show off your role.
With that said, there are several steps you can take to have amazing, glowing skin at any age. The first and most important step you must take is in your lifestyle choices to start looking younger.
1. Eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and some fruits, especially green and orange ones.
2. Eat lots of healthy fats like avocado, walnuts, and olive oil.
3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of clean, filtered water.
4. Exercise. Regular exercise keeps your blood flowing and your body functions optimally, and sweating is one of the ways the body can detoxify your skin and insides.
5. Sleep well. Regeneration occurs when we sleep, which is crucial to slow aging.
6. Cut down on sugar and alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates, and more studies are published regularly on the negative impact sugar has on our health, including our skin.
7. Try sleeping on your back instead of on your sides. The "sleep line" is caused by years of repetitive sleeping positions that can cause certain lines to form, especially along the chest.
Conventional wrinkle treatments