6 Things Millennials Can Do to Maintain Their Youth

6 Things Millennials Can Do to Maintain Their Youth
Worried about the things you're doing today taking a toll on your face 10, 15 or even 20 years down the line? Damn girl, I'm with ya. Any time I fall short on my daily water quota, or realize that I've spent the past seven hours squishing my cheek aggressively against my pillow, I lament over the damage future Vickie will be cursing me for each and every time she looks in the mirror. Neurotic, sure, but a preventative lifestyle is the lifestyle for me. So whether you're a full-on spazz like I am or just mindful of treating your body well to prolong the aging process, today's post is definitely for you. I'm joined once again by American plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah— if you missed Six Tips From a Plastic Surgeon to Maximize Beauty Sleep, you're going to want to read that immediately— to share his top tips with millennials for maintaining their youthful splendor... here goes.

1. USE SUNBLOCK DAILY

"The best way to make sure your face is protected from the sun is to use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of no less than 30," Shah says, adding that it's crucial to protect your neck and chest while you're at it. "The sun protection done daily in your 20's will pay off greatly in your 40's." Great options include IMAGE Skincare's Prevention+ SPF 32 (my to-go) and Kiehl's Super Fluid Daily UV Defence Sunscreen SPF 50+.

2. GET YOUR VITAMIN C

"Vitamin C is a huge collagen booster and it also reduces pores and brightens skin, and these are the exact things women in their late 30's and 40's complain about most," Shah reveals. Foods such as cantaloupe, mango, pineapples, oranges, grapefruits and berries are all packed with this antioxidant which, when eaten regularly, does wonders to sustain a youthful glow. And if you're looking to add a supplement to your diet as well, I've really enjoyed HUM Nutrition's Glow Sweet Glow (but I'm no doctor, so clear it with your physician first, please and thank you).

3. REPLACE FAST FOOD WITH FISH

Those late night, post-partying burger and pizza indulgences may be hard to avoid at times, and maybe your metabolism can even handle it (lucky bisssh), but wherever possible, try to offset any weekend indulgences by eating fish during the week. "Fish oil has fatty acids that can erase early wrinkles," Shah says. "It prevents inflammation which can only make wrinkles more noticeable and deeper over time. Many millennials who are picky eaters and avoid seafood can get Omega-3s via supplements, but getting it directly from eating fish is best." 

4. IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, QUIT SMOKING— IMMEDIATELY 

Nothing will age you faster than smoking will— period. But the good news? The inverse is true, too according to Dr. Shah. "It is possible for a 25-year-old to look up to eight and a half years younger after just three months of quitting smoking. This number increases after age 30," he says. "Women over age 40 who don't smoke typically look up to a decade younger than their counterparts who still smoke." There are countless reasons to quit smoking, but linking it to vanity can be a pretty powerful motivator in and of itself, ammiright??

5. CUT THE SUGAR, SWEET LIPS

This one's a real douzie, but experts tell us that we really should start getting mindful about our sugar intake in our 20's for myriad reasons. "Sugars and carbohydrates are a beauty killer because they are pro-inflammatory," Shah warns. "Pasta, ketchup, candy, ice cream and fruit juices are often dietary staples for those under 30. Any inflammation in the body will show up on the face in the form of adult acne, sagging and wrinkling, not to mention sallow skin tone." Well, shit— I have work to do.

6. INCORPORATE FACIALS + PEELS

While many millennials are starting off with "Baby Botox" to prevent wrinkles, Botox can be a gateway treatment towards lip injections and facial fillers that often have a reverse effect, making younger women appear older. As an alternative, "lasers and peels have come very far and offer an excellent solution for sun damage, skin texture, pores, acne scarring and cell turnover to stimulate collagen growth," Shah advises.

Bottom line? Develop solid habits for taking care of yourself both inside and out, and by default, you will create a lifestyle of longevity and youthfulness. Until next time! xx 

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