I work for a plastic surgeon and there is a phenomena that I see here at our office again and again. Women in their late 40s and their 50s come into the office because they suddenly feel that they look old. It is as if overnight they aged. Just think – you wait until your late 40s or 50s to invest in your appearance you will end up having to spend a lot of time and money trying to recapture your youth. Instead – invest in your appearance early on in order to look your best as you age.
Let me be clear that I am not advocating trying to look like you are 20 when you are 40. I believe in looking both great and appropriate for your age. Two of examples for what I mean by this are Glenn Close and Meryl Streep (and that is why I used their images in this post. Also notice how natural, yet flattering both of their make-up is). I am all for some filler, Botox, laser treatments, and even cosmetic surgery if you feel that you need it, but if you develop good skin habits early then you can actually save yourself the time and expense of having to invest in lots of treatments later on.
Keep a few things in mind – we have a tremendous amount of control over how our skin ages. About 20% of skin aging is genetic and the rest is caused by the environment – sun, stress, pollution, disease, medication, our overall health, etc. Following smart skincare steps like protecting your skin from the sun on a daily basis, keeping your skin barrier intact in order to prevent skin disease and chronic inflammation to the skin, eating a diet rich in antioxidants, and not smoking will all help keep your skin looking good. If you follow all these steps does that mean your skin will never sag or wrinkle? Of course not, but if you follow a few simple steps everyday you can definitely help maintain your youthful glow and edge for longer. So keep in mind that when you use your Vitamin C serum every morning you are preserving your skin for the long run – building collagen and fighting inflammation in order to prevent the aging effects of chronic inflammation. Just because you don’t see a big payoff immediately with how your skin looks after applying Vitamin C doesn’t mean that you aren’t protecting your skin for the future. Keep the big picture in mind when caring for your skin so that you don’t have to pursue invasive treatments in the future in order to have your outside reflect how you feel inside.
Lastly, remember the following in mind – it takes hundreds of dollars to prevent but thousands of dollars to fix. So consider investing in your skin as a “must have” and not a “maybe”.
- The New Ideal in Skin Health by Carl Thornfeldt, MD – pages 47-50
Image of Glenn Close from luxefinds.com and image of Meryl Streep from abcnews.com