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How To Not Age Like Milk

Rumor has it that Gen-Z is aging faster than any other generation, but why? Could it be vaping, skincare products, habits, food? 

Dermatologists argue that the Retinol and 12-step skincare routines our generation is using are irritating and damaging our skin barrier. 

In an Interview with Charles Trepany for USA Today, Dermatologist Dr. Brooke Jeffy said that retinol, exfoliating acids, and fragrance are the main dangers to our youthful skin. She said the constant contact with these products dries it out and makes it more prone to infection. This makes the skin barrier less efficient at protecting us against common environmental factors like pollution and radiation. 

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Retinol is commonly used for ‘anti-aging’ effects, but at our age, why would we even need this? At this point, we might…

Here is a list of things to do to slow down the aging process and keep yourself looking your age.

Step 1, ditch the Drunk Elephant! We do not need Retinol at this age unless instructed by a professional. 

In an interview with Rachael Griffiths for The Strategist, Dr. Kristina Collins, board-certified dermatologist and surgeon, said teens should be using cleansers to prevent breakouts and spot treatments for current breakouts. Dermatologist Dr. Roberta Del Campo said to apply moisturizer to damp skin after cleansing. Dr. Fayne Frey, a dermatologist in New York, said every teen should be wearing sunscreen as the last step of their routine.

It’s that simple! Cleanse, moisturize, and add sunscreen! No need for the 12-step routines. 

Step 2, stay clean from nicotine!

Ali S. Raja, M.D., executive vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in an article with the National Emphysema Foundation, said that the nicotine in vaping dehydrates the skin. He said that this can cause premature wrinkles and dry out your skin. This causes skin aging as well as various chronic conditions. 

That being said, ditch the vape to avoid premature wrinkling and stay looking youthful!

Step 3, avoid those highly processed foods.

According to, the consumption of ultra-processed foods can speed up the aging of your cells, as they have hydrogenated oils that contain trans fats. Those can cause chronic inflammation which accelerates the aging of your cells.

The body loses water as we age, so it is also important to stay hydrated!

Step 4, stop yapping and start napping, quit cheeping and get to sleeping!

Amy Brain, Skin Health Advisor with AvogelUKHealth, said sleep deprivation causes excess cortisol to linger in your bloodstream. Cortisol can cause inflammation as well as suppress DHEA, also known as the “youth hormone”. This causes premature aging and makes it more difficult to bounce back from.

Lastly, our parents might be right – we need to get off these dang phones.

Step 5, avoid excessive exposure to blue light.

According to Eyewitness News with ABC7, studies show that too much screen time can cause you to age faster.

Scientists studied fruit flies and found that high doses of blue light appeared to damage cells, and the light altered chemicals that helped the cells function.

They said the changes they found may accelerate cell aging and cause premature death.

Their findings suggested that staying away from the blue light in phones, computers, and TV screens can slow down the aging process.

All in all, Gen-Z has been found to be the generation aging like milk, so why don’t we start putting an end to it? 

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