Bottomline, millennials are stressed, and they don’t want to look it. who specializes in facial plastic surgery urges the under 30 crowd not to overdo it with expensive treatments and procedures that can actually make them look older and put them further into debt. Here is a list of six things millennials can do to maintain their youth.
1. Use sunblock every day.
The best way to make sure your face is protected from the sun is to use a daily moisturizer with SPF of no less than 30. Also apply creams to your neck and chest to postpone wrinkling and sagging in these areas. The sun protection done daily in your 20’s will pay off greatly in your 40’s.
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. 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.
3. Ditch the fast food and eat more fish.
Those late night post partying fries and pizza are to be expected and at 25 are difficult to avoid. Perhaps your metabolism can handle it, for now. Offset these weekend indulgences by eating fish during the week. Fish oil has fatty acids can erase early wrinkles you may notice. It prevents inflammation which can only make wrinkles more noticeable and deeper over time. A lot of millennials who are picky eaters and avoid seafood can get Omega-3’s via supplements but getting it directly from eating fish is best.
4. Quit smoking.
Nothing will age you quicker than smoking. It is possible for a 25-year-old to look 8-5 years younger, within just 3 months after quitting smoking. This number increases after age 30. Women over age 40 who don’t smoke typically look up to a decade younger than their counterparts who still smoke. There are a gazillion reasons to quit smoking. Linking it to vanity is a pretty powerful motivator.
5. Decrease your sugar intake.
You really want to start getting mindful about your sugar intake in your 20’s for many different reasons. Sugars and carbohydrates are a beauty killer because they are proinflammatory. 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.
6. Maintain your glow with facials and peels.
While many millennials are starting off with “Baby Botox” which can postpone wrinkling, Botox isn’t cheap. It also can be a “gateway” treatment which leads to lip injections and fillers that oftentimes have a reverse effect making younger women appear older. Lasers and peels have come very far, offer and excellent solution for sun damage, skin texture, pores, acne scarring and cell turnover to stimulate collagen growth. These treatments are still a bit costly for millennials, many of whom are on a strict budget.
Overall, millennials who get into a good solid habit of taking care of themselves both inside and out will create a lifestyle of longevity.
About the expert
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.
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