Signs of Aging


Anonymous
on Mar 29, 2010 @ 06:30 pm

I'm 23 years old, will turn 24 this year and now I look at my face more than ever before. I hate my mouth wrinkles that have formed around it when I smile. Is it normal to start showing fine lines at this age? Just out of curiosity would like to know what are you ladies concern about? What is your age and if your going through anything like this? 

Thanks, ha! Maybe it will make me feel better. :-)
 


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spotty
it happens on Mar 29, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

There is no general rule of thumb for when you'll see certain signs of aging. A lot of it is simply genetics and out of your control. The rest of it is your environment. We all lead different lives and subject ourselves to different stresses. There are all kinds of beauty wonders and age defiers out there. Subscribe to them as you like, but sooner or later we all see age -- fact of life.

One of my bestfriends from high school, her mother was all gray by 30 and snow white for as long as I've known her. I know other people, on the other hand, who are well into their 40s who do not color their hair and still show no grays.

Then there's skin. I have acne ... still ... and I'm in my 30s. But the trade off to my oily skin is younger looking and more supple skin. A good friend of mine is in her 60s but her skin tells a different story -- she doesn't look a day over 45. Another friend of mine is in her mid-50s and incredibly active outdoors -- her skin broadcasts an age more on par w/ 60s.

If you're seeing aging signs now, now is the time to make some adjustments. And when I say adjustments I don't mean necessarily to subscribe to the wonder creams, but rather to do things like stay well hydrated, wear spf facial creams when you apply your daily moisturizer, etc... Do things to prolong your current youth rather than try to stop aging altogether. And if you're already making really healthy choices for your skin and hair, then maybe you've just been dealt a crappy hand of genetics. Either way, I'm sure you're beautiful. Just roll w/ the punches and know that each line or wrinkle or gray strand, embraced or not, is a part of you and your personal character.
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mamaluv
Has anyone tried laser? on May 13, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

My signs of aging started at 21 or so with the first gray hair. Fine lines that I can "erase" with smoothing serums and such started in my late 20s.

Lately, my newest problem is yellowing around the mouth and some slight discolouration on my forehead, as well as a sunspot on my cheekbone. I know that all these discolourations and spots are due to sun exposure. While I can cover this up with foundation (for now!), the days where I don't wear any concealer/etc I feel very multicoloured. It's gotten to where I nearly always wear foundation, whereas a year or so ago it was very much a special occasion thing.

I've been told that Fraxel or other skin treatments can help and maybe even remove these discolourations, but I am afraid of the price tag. Has anyone else tried Fraxel, and if so - what was your experience (effectiveness, recuperation, etc)?
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Meguinn
Sunscreen is the key! on May 13, 2010 @ 02:04 pm

I don't know much about aging signs, but I know from my mother that the best advice would be to put sunscreen on your face EVERY SINGLE DAY! Even cloudy/rainy days, etc. It keeps your skin very young!

I got 10 grey hairs when I was 15 -_-
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Meguinn
Awe on May 13, 2010 @ 02:05 pm

Awe Spotty, that's nice :)
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mamaluv
sunscreen is important on May 13, 2010 @ 02:49 pm

I religiously apply sunscreen every day and have done for years. However, I did the exact opposite in my teen years! On occasion, I don't use a strong enough protection factor and do burn now and then.

What's done is done. Now to undo...
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Ali de Bold
Microdermabrasion on May 13, 2010 @ 03:02 pm

Things like yellowing and sunspots can be reduced a bit through microdermabrasion. I've started getting those treatments combined with oxygen facials. I've done this locally at Pure Simple and Bay Dermatology and find it makes a difference. The age spots can be related to many things such as sun exposure, your liver, hormones, etc. I may explore lasers at some point. For now, I do these other treatments and try to be more careful about applying sunscreen.
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Anonymous
Fraxel on May 14, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

mamaluv, so funny I was just browsing the internet and found this picture of Before & After using Fraxel. I guess it works. Here's the link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cosmoskinrx/4437917735/
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Meguinn
Picture on May 17, 2010 @ 02:36 pm

Woah that picture is incredible! Why is her eye colour different though?
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mamaluv
not sold... quite on May 17, 2010 @ 03:13 pm

There are several things different in that pic, one major one being that her face is a lot more shiny in the "before" - it's just an unattractive pic. You always notice this on any before/after shots: bad lighting, poor makeup/wardrobe choices... it's never quite a fair comparison.

And then there is the concern that this pic is part of Fraxel's ad inventory. I would rather hear from real-life ladies who've had this procedure! I saw very similar before/after pics when I went in for my free consultation a few months ago, so I'm not sure I want to believe their promo material.
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