Anti-Aging: It’s never too early to start

by Paige Schultz, Fashion Writer

Coffee, midterms, internships and deadlines.

As a busy college student, these are all things that I think of on a regular basis, but what’s something that hardly ever crosses my mind?

What I’ll look like when I’m 50.

Unfortunately, it’s most certainly one thing that should. According to my dermatologist and every beauty expert on this planet, when it comes to preventing wrinkles, sun spots and crow’s feet, procrastinating is simply not an option. Of course these signs of aging will not realistically become part of any college woman’s life in the near future, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t start to show up earlier than expected if proper measures aren’t taken. Thus ladies, I caution you: studies, doctors and professionals do not lie when they tell you that the way a woman takes care of her skin in her 20’s sets the precedent for how she will look for the rest of her life. As if we needed one more thing to stress about, right?

Fortunately, anti-aging practices do not have to be as exhausting as preparing for your next exam. In fact, remembering a few preventative measures can go a long way in helping you delay looking too old too fast. Below you’ll find tips that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life. Together they make up some of the most basic yet powerful anti-aging advice can be given. So go ahead, procrastinate studying for your midterm now by reading this article, but don’t procrastinate starting your anti-aging routine. Trust me – you’ll want to thank me later.

Stop stressing!
Stop stressing!
  • Tip #1: Stop Stressing, and Get Some Shut Eye

Of course, this is easier said than done. With all-nighters being a college-life regularity, tons of stress and zero sleep is just something we’ve all gotten used to. Unfortunately, putting your body through this extra anxiety can cause premature aging. Think of it this way: your body’s only way of truly replenishing itself is through sleep. During the recommended 7-8 hours of shut eye that we’re supposed to get, our bodies go through a renewal process that repairs any damage done throughout the day. If damage is not fixed, it will accumulate over time making us look old.

  • Tip #2: Rethink Pimple Prevention

I know we all want perfectly flawless skin, but drying our faces out with excessive use of acne products can actually do more harm than good. Not only can it actually cause you to break out more, but it can prevent your skin from replenishing itself if it does not get the proper moisture that it needs. The simple solution is to remember to use a moisturizer each time after you wash your face. Using lotion or cream may seem like it’s going to clog your pores, but a non-comedogenic formula will actually help prevent excess oil production (which causes pimples) and aging as well.

Keep your face clean and moisturized!
Keep your face clean and moisturized!
  • Tip #3: Less is More

Using less makeup and refraining from hoarding beauty products can actually help save your skin from premature aging. Basically, unless your cosmetics are natural you run the risk of owning products that can negatively affect the production of collagen in your skin – the protein that keeps our faces soft, supple and youthful. Similarly, old beauty products that are not replaced can go bad and cause unfortunate aging effects on your skin.

Stay protected in the sun!
Stay protected in the sun!
  • Tip #4: Burn Your Skin and Age Within

Going to tanning beds and skipping sunscreen may seem like it’s not that big of a deal right now, but that’s because you can’t see the damage being done to your skin. Now, I won’t ask you to fear the sun and stay indoors the rest of your life, but I will urge you to use sunscreen on a daily basis no matter the season or the weather. The best way to prevent damage is to protect your skin from it in the first place, and sunscreen is our most basic shield against aging.

Always go to sleep with a clean face
Always go to sleep with a clean face
  • Tip #5: Stop Sleeping in Your Makeup

Words cannot explain how tempting it is to just pass out in your bed after a long day or night, but before you skip washing your face you should know what you’re putting your skin through. Not going to bed with a clean, fresh face forces your skin to fend off irritants and bacteria all night long while it’s supposed to be replenishing itself. Thus when it comes to premature aging, it doesn’t matter how many hours of sleep you get if you keep your makeup on. In the morning you may feel rested, but your face will be exhausted after pulling an all-nighter. 

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