Is Premature Aging Inevitable?

February 16th, 2014

When those first dreaded fine lines appear you may wonder if premature aging is inevitable.  The finest day spas in NYC have discovered that the answer to that oft-asked question is a resounding NO.  Many people are unaware of the lifestyle habits that speed up the aging process and the skincare that inhibits it.  When you consult with an experienced aesthetician, like those you’ll find at the Joanna Vargas Salon, they can read your skin at a glance to offer the best advice on preventing premature aging.

Any respected day spa will tell you there is a common sense approach to keeping wrinkles at bay, but this requires a modicum of self-discipline that includes a dedicated face care regime.  Your aesthetician will remind you that choosing natural skincare products free of chemical additives is one if the best ways to halt the first signs of fine lines.


What skincare slows the aging process?

Hydrating the skin with a daily hydrating moisturizer will help to keep the skin soft and supple while fending off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  With the nourishing ingredient Galactoarabinan (GA), a quality hydrating cream helps lock in moisture to retain silky radiance.  This age-reversing nutrient is found in the native Larch Tree extract and is one of the popular natural ingredients that high end face care has sourced for its health-boosting properties.  Scientific research has proven this tree extract an effective antidote to aging skin.

Shea butter has a long history of restoring a youthful appearance.  Drawn from the nut of the African shea tree, it provides lasting moisture that saturates dermal tissue on a molecular level to give unrivaled buoyancy to each cell.  With potent antioxidants and fatty acids the butter protects and nourishes towards ageless beauty regardless of skin type.

For centuries Kaolin Clay has been applied to rid the skin of environmental contaminants.   When applied as a purifying exfoliant twice a week, many of the toxins found deep within pores are released along with surface dead cells, delivering soft even texture.  This anti-aging process is essential as we move through more polluted urban terrain.

A few habits to keep skin looking young…

Add more water to your diet. With a few drops of a purifying tincture like dandelion you remove toxins that build up within the body and expedite aging in the skin.  You’ve also replenished hydration which is a crucial step for inhibiting those first fine lines and wrinkles.

Cut back on alcohol consumption to prevent dehydration that can cause premature aging.  But one benefit in the world of spirits is the antioxidant content of red wine.  A regular glass of the bacchanal delight is known to improve the health of body and skin.  By including antioxidants in your face care routine you protect against pollutants and free radicals that break down dermal health over time leaving aged skin upon contact.

Always apply sun screen no matter what season.  Most premium face care includes at least minimal SPF barrier to shield the dermis from UV and UVB damage.  This slows the development of age spots and wrinkles that make skin look older.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…