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What Everyone Should Know About Aging Gracefully
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a cartoon deer on the internet with a background in chemistry and a hyperfixation on skin. This is not medical advice.
Here we go again!
Some rapid-fire anti-aging knowledge that I think everyone should know.
Let’s get it.
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1) Resting Heart Rate
If you want to age well, you need to be building muscle, taking care of your joints, and training cardio NOW.
A low RHR is mandatory.
This is non-negotiable.
A simple fall can kill you in old age.
But you know who bounces back better on average?
The guy that has retained decent mobility and can maneuver his body weight with a sub 60bpm RHR.
Don't be the dork that claims he'd oppose tyranny and can't even see his own toes, okay?
You gotta maintain a healthy body fat percentage your whole life
You will experience natural downregulation of skin turnover and collagen production past ~25 years old.
A good skincare routine will mitigate some of this.
Best ingredients to build collagen topically include:
You can read my anti-aging piece here.
Other great ingredients for skin health include niacinamide, centella asiatica, ceramides, glycerin, etc.
To use these in a routine safely, I'd keep retinoids and AHAs for nights.
Vitamin C exhibits great anti-oxidant activity and is safe to wear during the day.
Also, avoid getting sunburned, minimize isolated UVA exposure, and moisturize everyday
If there's one thing you can stop doing immediately, it's this:
Quit fking smoking cigarettes and binge drinking.
Besides being hard on your lungs and liver, cigs and alcohol downregulate the body’s natural anti-aging processes.
Plus these activities are accompanied by disrupted sleep and bad eating habits.
Say goodbye to your collagen!
It's no secret that our food is devoid of the nutrients it once had decades ago.
I suggest checking out @BowTiedVitamins for knowledge on supplements to keep your skin beautiful:
5) Tanning Beds
I cannot stress this enough, quit using tanning beds.
They're one of the worst offenders for skin cancer.
Basically, they’re straight isolated UVA with none of the broadspectrum benefits of sunlight (no vitamin D!).
And if they don't kill you, they’ll make you look 60 at 30.
So just go outside as much as possible even in the colder months, okay?
Oh, and open a window when you're working inside if you can to get broadspectrum sunlight.
I know you work constantly (I do too, RIP).
It's a necessary evil.
We can offset some of the damage of the isolated blue light and UVA this way, okie?
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