Skincare and healthy habits are key in reducing the effects of aging

January 28, 2011

Skincare and healthy habits are key in reducing the effects of aging
Skincare and healthy habits are key in reducing the effects of aging

Signs of aging may be most apparent at surface levels - sagging skin and wrinkles are often a source of frustration for older adults. However, there are some actions one can take before or after undergoing a cosmetic procedure to help keep one's skin smooth and healthy.

According to CBS News, eighty to ninety percent of skin damage comes from the sun, so UV protection is essential to maintaining healthy skin. Sunscreen is most effective if it is used often and early. Additionally, it's best to put on lotion even if it’s cloudy or one is only outside for a short period.

A healthy diet and plenty of exercise is also important to not only staying healthy, but to avoid bone loss and sagging skin. As one ages, his or her metabolism slows down, meaning that older adults should eat less and work out more often, according to the news source.

What adults find most difficult is probably getting the right amount of sleep every night. Anywhere between seven to nine hours is recommended in order to limit the effects of aging and to keep the body healthy.

Many individuals practice healthy habits and a preventative skincare regimen in conjunction with surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery lists facial rejuvenation procedures and injectables amongst the most popular procedures in the fight against aging. Also, there were 150,000 eyelid or blepharoplasty surgeries and over 90,000 facelifts performed last year.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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