As we age, not only do our skins wrinkle and sag, but our body fats can become more prominent, not to mention our hair starts to thin, too. Even if the outer appearance isn't everything we should worry about, we still can't help but feel dispirited because after all, most of our self-confidence comes from it.
Fortunately, many treatments exist to fight the effects of aging, including non-surgical ones such as Fat Freezing, which is available in Singapore and other countries. A popular alternative to liposuction, this procedure freezes the fat cells to reduce them in time. It's an effective solution to stubborn body fat that makes you out-of-shape and older than you really are.
But if injections and surgical knives make your skin crawl, fret not because there are other ways to fight the effects of aging without having to go under the knives.
Maintaining Hair Thickness
Healthy fat sources such as olive oil and salmon should be part of our diets, as well as protein-rich food because their nutrients promote hair growth and strength. Don't forget the vegetables and fruits, especially avocado, and healthy snacks such as nuts because they also contain hair-nourishing elements. Taking hair supplements and multi-vitamins will also help.
Avoid over-washing your hair because it takes away the natural oils that make your hair smooth and shiny. Only wash every after few days to remove product build-up, with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner if you have thin hair. If your hair is coarse, use an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner.
Keep the scalp healthy by avoiding hair products with harsh ingredients, and the ones that leave a heavy residue, like dry shampoo. Reduce your use hair irons and other heating tools as well; stick to your hairbrush, preferably a boar-bristle one, and brush your locks every day.
Constant exposure to UV rays will speed up your aging, so use an SPF 30-50 sunscreen daily, even on cloudy and rainy days. Use an umbrella, a brimmed hat, and UV protection sunglasses when going out on a sunny day.
As we've been reminded since childhood, drink lots of water every day. It's one of our best shields against aging and diseases. Of course, don't forget healthy food; leafy vegetables, bell peppers, flax seeds, salmon, green tea, and olive oil, are some of the best sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that fight premature aging.
Use a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C-infused moisturizer at night. Moisturizers help maintain skin elasticity, preventing the early appearance of wrinkles. As you sleep, lie on your back if you can. Sleeping on your side applies pressure to the skin against the pillow, encouraging the formation of wrinkles. But if you're an avid side-sleeper, using silk pillowcases will help, as they're gentler to the skin compared to other fabrics.
Maintaining Skin Firmness
Decreased muscle mass leads to loosened skin, so be sure to get lots of exercises and include weight-training in your routine. It helps you stay in shape and builds up your muscle mass to keep your skin firm. Losing weight will also help because excess body fat - especially in the arms - hangs loosely, making our skin sag. Burn these stubborn fats by doing cardio exercises and eating healthy food. Taking supplements rich in protein, collagen, vitamin C, and gelatin will also help.
Adding firming cream to your skincare routine can offer more solid protection against sagging, or you may opt for a natural alternative, such as grape seed oil. Cosmetic procedures are also a popular remedy, so don't be afraid to look into those. The pain is minimal and the results make the splurge absolutely worth it.
Start getting accustomed to these healthy habits while you're young. The earlier we fight aging, the better the results will be. And it's not just our skin that will benefit; our organs will also enjoy the positive effects of a healthy diet.