Does Your Reflection Look Older Than You Feel?

Aging happens to everyone, but when will you start looking your age? And is there any way to make the process work a bit more in your favor?

For the younger crowd, the signs of aging can seem like a wave waiting to crash over you. For those who have already noticed the years on their faces, the question of what can be done to reverse time arises. But even once you’ve started noticing your age showing up on your face, there are things that can be done to help turn back the proverbial hands of time and help you look and feel younger. Injectable fillers and BOTOX® can both help you reverse the signs of aging and feel your best, no matter what year your birth certificate reads.

When Will I Start to Look Old?

When you’re young, you pass through life never worrying about the odd wrinkle or sun spot. Then, all of a sudden, you lift your face up to the mirror and there it is: your old face. It seems like overnight you’ve gone from youthful ingénue to distinguished older woman. Of course the change doesn’t happen overnight, but the realization of the signs of aging can seem sudden.

Caucasian women typically come into this realization in their 30s. That’s when all of the visible signs of aging start cropping up. Women of color usually notice their aging a bit later—in their 40s, according to Marie Claire. Researchers believe that the reason for this disparity lies in the higher antioxidant protection and increased skin bioenergy levels present in darker skin tones.

Some women, known as gene overachievers, can thank their genetics for keeping them looking younger for longer.

How Can I Tell?

The signs of aging don’t hit us like a ton of bricks, although it can feel that way. In fact, our skin sees changes in the different cell processes each decade of our lives. With these changes in cell processes comes changes in the appearance of your skin. The first shift comes in your 20s with the decline of natural antioxidant protection, which makes your skin more susceptible to oxidative stress and damage.

The bioenergy of your cells starts to dip in your 30s. This impacts collagen production, your skin’s active repair process and even the absorption of the ingredients in your skincare products. Basically, your skin is tired and not quite what it once was.

In your 40s, a process called cellular senescence begins, which effectively halts the natural life cycle in a big way. Your complexion could take the brunt of it, showing more lines, wrinkles, spots, sagging and other visible signs of aging. Menopausal skin that typically hits in your early 50s has less moisture, meaning those signs of aging become even more apparent.

What Can I Do?

While aging itself might be inevitable, there are plenty of ways to look younger and fresher at any age. Researchers suggest regular aerobic exercise can help you stave off signs of aging. Skincare products that contain necessary vitamins, moisture and amino acids can help too. But if you’re serious about looking your best, consider injectables to smooth fine lines and wrinkles enough to ensure you’re aging as gracefully as possible.

Many of the visible signs of aging can be reduced by using BOTOX® and injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM® and RADIESSE®. BOTOX® can be used to reduce frown lines between the eyebrows that contribute to looking tired, angry or old, and crow’s feet that can show your age every time you smile. Injectable fillers can be perfect for minimizing deeper lines like the nasolabial folds. Combined, these injectables can help you look your best at any age, and all without the need for plastic surgery.


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