The signs of aging kick in slowly but surely. Changes are discrete and practically unnoticeable at first. You’ll start getting a few subtle lines setting in across your forehead, around your eyes, and mouth in your mid-twenties. This seems young, but remember that you’ve been expressing all of your emotions through your face for around twenty-five years at this point! Over the coming years, you notice grey hairs appearing, a dulled appearance to teeth, further fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and a whole host of other changes to your physical appearance. Sure, some want to age gracefully, accepting the changes and rolling with them. This is absolutely fine, and the confidence required to do so is admirable. After all, we’re constantly being pelted by the media with beauty standards that tend to favor the young. However, if you want to maintain a youthful appearance for a little longer, there are various beauty tips and tricks that you should consider implementing into your general lifestyle. Here are just a few for you to consider.
As we age, our hair tends to change in three ways. First, your hair is likely to thin. The most common reason for this is generally hormonal changes. As we age, our estrogen levels tend to decline, reducing the growth rate of our luscious locks. Next, your hair may dull. Finally, your hair is likely to change color from its natural shade to grey or white tones, as the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. The answer to all of these problems? Regular trips to the hairdresser and a better thought-out hair care routine. When you visit your hairdresser, mention that you are concerned about your hair feeling and appearing thinner. While there aren’t many things that you can do to make your hair grow thicker and more lustrous like in the past, there are visual tricks that can achieve the look of a fuller head of hair. Consider specialist haircuts for thin hair. These generally add texture and volume. They tend to be shorter, as the longer your hair is, the more it is weighed down and pulled out thin. You may also want to consult a colorist to add different tones throughout your hair: the variation will make it appear fuller. Your stylist can then blow dry and style your hair in a way that gives it ultimate volume. Big, bouncy curls and waves tend to be a good option for creating this illusion.
Your skin ages in various ways, and this manifests itself in a number of changes to its appearance. While you can’t completely stop your skin from aging (it will inevitably sag with time), you can slow changes in its appearance. As you reach your 40s, your skin is likely to begin to thin, becoming more translucent and allowing the capillaries beneath to show through. The consequences of sun exposure also make these capillaries more visible and create signs of photoaging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and uneven pigmentation. So, how can you combat these? The key is preparation and diligence. Be vigilant with your use of sun protection. If your skin appears duller with time, it is probably because your skin has stopped producing as much oil. Again, this change tends to occur in your 40s, so from this point on, you might want to make better use of moisturizers. Consider vitamin A and vitamin E creams in particular, which increase your skin’s water content. Also use exfoliators around once a week to encourage cell production and turnover. When it comes to deep wrinkles and lines, these are natural and relatively inevitable without using more invasive solutions, such as Botox. This injection into the muscles of your face prevents them from contracting by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The procedure does not require anesthetic but is relatively uncomfortable.
Hopefully, this has cleared up some of your questions as to why and how hair and skin age. Though the media may tell us that there are ways to stay young forever, it’s important to accept that the aging process is natural and inevitable. There are certain changes that you may have to embrace and work with. However, as you can see, there are several beauty tips and tricks out there that can reduce the visible effects of these natural processes and changes to your body. Most are non-invasive and good lifestyle practice that should be implemented from a young age anyway. So, try some out to hold onto a more youthful look!