We are always asked, “What can I do to not age?” While stopping the signs of aging from appearing completely is impossible, there are steps that each one of us can take to reduce the signs of aging and maintain a healthy appearance. Signs of aging appear due to a number of environmental causes including gravity and direct sun exposure. While we can’t control the effects that gravity may have on the face, sun damage can be prevented and can have a profound effect on the overall appearance of the skin and face.
The photo below from the New England Journal of Medicine shows a trucker who worked for 26 years. Spending a great deal of time in his truck, he assumed he would be sheltered from direct sunlight and chose not to protect his skin from UV rays. As you can see in the photo below, the side of his face that has been left dramatically sun damaged is the side that faced an open driver’s side window. This is an excellent demonstration of a simple task that we can all do to reduce the visible signs of aging. Protecting our skin from harmful UV rays can have a profound effect on the facial appearance and should not be ignored.
While there are plastic surgery procedures and less-invasive skin treatments that can work to correct the damage that has been done over the past 26 years, a bottle of sunscreen in the cab of his truck would have solved this problem early on. By spending a little money on preventative measures early on, this truck driver could have prevented spending much more on plastic surgery to repair the damage done.
While there is no doubt that the aging process cannot be stopped, certain small steps can be taken at a young age to ensure that the signs of aging will be much less visible over time. Knowing what causes the signs of aging to appear, and controlling what you can control is the best way to ensure a more youthful appearance later in life.