Every day, it seems we hear more about the discrimination people feel as they grow older. Whether you decide to undergo plastic surgery to be more competitive in the job market, or are dismayed that every magazine cover features evermore youthful starlets, it's perfectly understandable to experience a dip in self-esteem as the years go on. Even stunning actresses can struggle for recognition as they grow older, so it's only natural to worry that the frown lines, dark spots and other physical signs of aging can affect how you are perceived – and how you come to see yourself.

In fact, a team of anti-aging experts recently weighed in on this subject in a press release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cosmetic dermatologist Marian Northington explained the dangers of UVA and UVB exposure and how these bursts of sunlight can contribute to accelerated aging. Meanwhile, psychologist Josh Klapow, Ph.D., explored the ramifications of these physical attributes on how people see themselves as they get older.

"Outward appearance can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem, so 'looking better' both in one's own eyes and in the eyes of others can add to self-esteem," said Klapow. "However, self-esteem is an internal experience that needs to be driven by far more than appearance."

Though there are many factors that contribute to your overall sense of self, if you have started to feel more sluggish and run down over the years, this could contribute to the overall perception of yourself as old or haggard. Thankfully, there are incredible treatments including bioidentical hormones in Houston that can address these frustrating shifts. Contact Longevity Centres of America today to learn how to age gracefully.