7 Surprising Body Parts That Give Away Your Age
Since aging is a gradual process, people often don't notice when certain parts of the body begin to age a bit more than the rest. Even though aging is a package deal, some body parts age less gracefully than others and can betray the age of an otherwise youthful person. The hands, the neck, and even the teeth all have the potential to make you look older than you really are (if you don't take proper care of these parts). Thankfully, you have many solutions to keep these features looking young.
Rough, age-spotted hands are one of the hallmarks of getting older and they can belie a youthful face and demeanor in a blink. Since you use them for many tasks, your hands are going to develop lines as you age, but you can still keep the skin soft and prevent as much aging as possible from happening.
Along with moisturizing throughout the day, taking time for a hand treatment at night greatly benefits your skin. Before you go to bed, apply cocoa butter or coconut oil and put on a soft pair of gloves. The cream and oil work wonders for moisturizing your skin to prevent cracks and lines, and the gloves keep the product from rubbing off on your sheets and leaving you with a greasy feeling.
A few changes in your daily life will improve your hands' appearance. Make sure to wear rubber gloves while cleaning, since many cleaning products will dry out your hands. Also, don't forget your hands when you apply sunscreen. Sun damage is where many of those unflattering age spots come from. Keep a small bottle of sunscreen in your bag or in your desk at work. Reapply the sunscreen after washing your hands or before going outside to ensure maximum protection.
How often do you cleanse or exfoliate your neck? To keep your neck looking young and firm, you should pay as much attention to it as you do to your face. Extend your skin care regimen below your jaw to encompass the skin of your neck, too. Saggy, lined skin below the chin and on the neck is a major culprit in making people look older. You can't prevent neck sagging entirely, but you can do a lot to reduce skin damage and encourage your skin's hydration, elasticity, and collagen production.
Sunscreen is a must for keeping your neck looking young. Apply it every day, rain or shine, summer or winter. The UVA rays, which do the most skin damage, filter through the atmosphere throughout the year, so the lack of a tan doesn't mean you're safe from sun damage.
Topical vitamin C is great for your neck, so get a cream specifically designed for your neck and make sure that it contains vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it actually boosts sunscreen's effectiveness, which is why you want a neck cream that you put on twice a day: once in the morning and once before bed.
To recharge your neck's skin after a long day, use a gentle exfoliant. Glycolic acid is wonderful for removing the dead skin cells on your neck without irritating the skin and this ingredient is great for prepping the cells to receive the beneficial ingredients in your moisturizer.
A wrinkly, age-spotted chest has betrayed many a youthful face. A chest that has developed a leathery texture, lots of lines, and many blemishes is not going to look young no matter what the circumstance. Sun damage is the main culprit for aging the skin on your chest, as not many physical activities will cause the skin there to fold and wrinkle.
Wear sunscreen and don't tan if you want to keep your chest looking young. Every morning when you apply sunscreen to your face, apply some to your chest, too, even if you're wearing a shirt with a higher neck. One layer of clothing isn't enough to block all the sun's rays. Repairing already damaged skin is harder than preventing the damage. Some people will be luckier than others and get away with tanning without freckles, but you shouldn't take a chance.
Whether or not you already have damage to the skin of your chest, using a gentle exfoliant on the skin there is a good way to get rid of dead skin cells and help your skin absorb moisturizer. Your chest's skin is thinner compared to the rest of your body. Think of that skin as being more similar to your neck. When you apply neck cream, extend the application down to your chest to ensure those skin cells are properly hydrated. You can also remove any wool sweaters from your wardrobe or always wear an undershirt with them. Wool fibers can irritate your chest's skin.
Don't worry, smile lines aren't necessarily bad, especially if you're well past the age when everyone develops them. Smile lines indicate you've had happiness in your life, and as a result, these lines are part of your story. You don't have to eliminate them to improve your mouth's youthful look, and smiling is actually something that will make you look younger by as much as two years. However, particular lines around your mouth will age you, and lessening their overall appearance will make you look younger.
The lines you want to address are the pucker lines that appear when you whistle or pout. Sunscreen is one of the best ways to keep your skin from aging prematurely, including the skin around your mouth. You can also help the collagen in your skin by eating foods with lots of antioxidants, such as berries and leafy green vegetables.
Don't smoke, and if you do smoke, try to cut back or quit. Smoking damages the skin around your mouth and combined with the puckering movement used to smoke cigarettes, smoking can cause premature aging around the mouth. Smoking is bad for the rest of your skin as well, and your entire face might age prematurely.
Aging also takes the fullness and elasticity out of your lips, too. Short of getting lip injections, you can't do much to plump up your lips, but natural solutions will make your lips look younger nonetheless. Keeping sunscreen and moisturizer on your lips is the best way to keep youth infused in your lips. Sun damage and dryness cause flakes and tiny lines all across the lips, so start as young as you can with a sunscreen lip balm. You may want to consider argan oil or coconut oil as a night lip treatment to keep them supple.
Lips and the skin around them aren't the only parts of your mouth that age you. Yellowing teeth are another serious culprit for making you look older. You can always visit the dentist for a cleaning or for teeth whitening solutions. Again, quit smoking if you're a smoker, as smoking is a leading culprit of teeth discoloration.
Lastly, try to cut back on coffee, tea, and other drinks that can stain your teeth. If you want something more natural to drink, try fruit infused water or aloe juice. Another popular trend to try is oil pulling, which is the process of swishing oil around in your mouth, and it is becoming an increasingly popular way to improve oral health and to whiten teeth.
Fine lines and crow's feet begin to appear around the eyes very early because the skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest on your body. Protecting that sensitive skin is a multistep process you follow throughout the day. In the morning, start with sunscreen. You need a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen and you need to use enough on your face and neck to fill a shot glass. Be careful when putting in your contacts, since the repeated action of pulling on your eyelids every day can prematurely crease the skin. Make sure to wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays, even in the winter and on cloudy days.
In the evening, use a gentle eye makeup remover and avoid tugging the skin. To remove stubborn eye makeup, apply a cotton pad with makeup remover to the eye and let soak for 5-10 seconds, gentle swiping any makeup away. Next, apply an eye gel containing hyaluronic acid, which will hydrate your skin and reduce fine lines and puffiness. For even more dramatic results, consider an eye serum; eye serums have the ability to penetrate the skin deeper, providing more concentrated anti-aging results.
As you age, the skin on your elbows and knees may sag slightly. The loss of elasticity combined with rough, cracked skin can make that area of your body look especially old. You can't do much about sagging skin, since your joints bend all your life, causing that skin to naturally stretch. The dry skin problem, however, is something you can address.
A thick moisturizer containing cocoa butter or shea butter is best for the tough skin on your joints. Like the skin on your hands, the skin around your joints can handle more moisturizer than your face, so use that moisturizer morning and evening, even after you start to see an improvement. If you prefer, you can also moisturize those ashy rough areas with argan oil or coconut oil. Both products are wonderful natural moisturizers that penetrate scaly skin to nourish your cells.
Gray and silver hair is a serious fashion trend and you don't have to dye your hair anymore to have a great head of hair as you age. However, the thinning, dryness, and brittleness that arise with both age and mistreatment of the follicles will make your hair look older.
Your hair needs hydration just like your skin does and the same elements that damage your skin, such as dry heat and the sun, will also damage your hair in turn. Argan oil is fantastic for moisturizing and strengthening your hair. Use an argan oil elixir for an overnight hair treatment, then shampoo the product out of your hair in the morning. Or, go for an argan oil hair mask once or twice a week. Massage the mask into your scalp and pull the product through your hair until you reach the roots. Rinse the mask out of your hair after about 10 minutes and experience healthier hair thanks to the deep conditioning properties of argan oil.
The way you style your hair may also need to change. Consider switching to natural products instead of the chemical-filled salon variety. Coconut oil, for example, is effective for taming frizz. Ask your stylist about no-heat styling options. If you do use heat on your hair, use that heat as sparingly as possible and make sure you're deep conditioning to offset the damage.
Taking care of your body as you age is about more than simply appearing to be young on the outside. You can nourish your skin with helpful products and protect your skin against damage. Your skin is the only skin that you get in life, so make sure it lasts a lifetime!