How about we replaced “aging” with “time”?
How little sense would “anti-time” or “pro time” actually make?
You can’t be anti time (well, you can – but it’s pointless); and being pro time totally doesn’t hold any perks for you.
You might argue that “positive time” still made sense, and that’s rather true.
However, only few people out there truly enjoy aging or have positive connotations with grey or thin hair, wrinkles, saggy dry skin and age marks.
Also, the methods of anti-aging can bring about quite questionnable results we’re all aware of:
old, grumpy men with weirdly reddish, unnaturally dark hair colour or atrocious wigs;
women with false cheekbones, lips and breasts with claw-like, old hands “adorned” with fake nails in a bright colour.
How about aging gracefully?
How about living gracefully?
A nice face shows.
A kind heart shows.
A great mind shows – and it doesn’t look sad, or ridiculous, or just plain wrong.
I am a healthy aging evangelist, and, Adventurers, I invite you to join me.
Let’s age healthily.
Let’s have fit bodies, alert minds, and a good time.
Because aging is time, aging is life. Fighting this current is obviously a fool-proof recipe for depression, fear, and panic.
But to age healthily, let’s understand what exactly happens to our skin as we age (“Understanding Aging” below), and what can cause premature aging, or: the Cardinal Skin Sins.
Earlier this year – in February, to be precise – I had the opportunity to meet and to talk to renowned German dermatologists.
Professor Uwe Trefzer, MD, is one of the leading dermatologists behind Dermatologikum Berlin, a specialist centre for all things skin health.
On the occasion of a press event, Doctor Uwe held a workshop about reasons of aging that I was happy to attend.
In his own words: “these are reasons for wrinkles and these reasons are a law of nature”.
1. Skin cells get thinner.
2. The number of cells decreases.
3. The cell division rate decreases.
4. The epidermal barrier function weakens and can retain less water.
5. Cell damage takes longer to be fixed.
6. After approximately the age of 20, the collagen production decreases.
7. Elastin fibres get less supple.
8. The sebaceous glands produce less sebum.
9. The number of sweat glands decreases.
(What a trend, huh?)
10. The epidermis and the hypodermis are loosened, skin damage and skin injuries are more common.
11. Subcutaneous fat decreases.
12. Fat cells gets smaller, and can’t cover tissue damage as quickly and efficiently.
13. UVA rays destroy elastin and collagen fibres.
Understanding Premature Aging
Doctor Uwe’s colleague, Professor Eckhart Kämpgen, MD, a skin cancer specialist, held a rather fun session about “skin sins”.
Here is Doctor Eckhart’s skin sin list – things that lead to premature aging and are to be avoided:
1. Sitting down is equally bad for skin tissues and veins.
2. The skin barrier function decreases if we strip our skin bare from sebum.
3. The use of improper cosmetics can cause skin problems, such as dermatitis, eczema, or allergies.
4. Intolerance reactions to acetylsalicylic acid, histamines, and preservatives.
5. Excessive tanning.
To me it’s absolutely clear that aging – living – is a process, and it’s one that should involve growing, learning, connecting, and evolving.
One more proof that the Quest is the right thing to follow.
Healthy skin is beautiful skin.
With healthy food, sport, and keeping our minds and souls alive, “anti-aging” is indeed a sign of an outdated way of thinking.