Everyone ages differently. Some of us can look ten years younger than we really are, and some of us might get some premature wrinkles. Regardless of where your skin is at, it’s never a bad time to start taking care of it. Here are some measures you can take to slow down and prevent the process of aging.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
The sun is one of the leading causes of premature aging. It’s crucially important to protect your skin from the sun, as it can lead to sun spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. You should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Try Not to Drink or Smoke Too Much
Smoking and drinking drastically speed up the aging process. Smoking is not only bad for the skin, but it’s also bad for our teeth and nails, all causing you to look older than you really are. The nicotine in cigarettes prevents your skin from getting oxygen, leading to dullness in colour and a lack of elasticity, causing wrinkles. Some wrinkles can even appear in smokers as young as 20!
Alcohol can cause puffiness and is extremely dehydrating. Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin looking youthful and firm. Alcohol will also reduce your vitamin A levels, which is essential for the production of collagen and the key to looking youthful!
Get Your Beauty Sleep!
There is a reason why it’s called beauty sleep. We all need to sleep in order for our bodies to go into repair mode. Most of our restorative functions happen around 1 AM, while we are deep in slumber, which is why it is so important that we sleep early and get enough of it. It has been proven that most people need six to eight hours of sleep, but if you can sleep even more than that, go for it!
Reduce Your Stress
Sometimes managing our stress can be difficult, but it’s important to be aware of when we become stressed both physically and mentally and take steps to reduce it. When we’re stressed, our bodies release hormones as it goes into “fight or flight” mode, which leads to an increase in inflammation that can age us significantly. Stress can take a toll on the skin barrier, causing water loss and reducing the skin barriers ability to repair itself. We can’t break away from stress completely, but there are techniques we can do that will help manage our stress better. Meditation, yoga, and exercising are all forms of de-stressing.
Start Your Skincare Routine!
It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. Our skin is the largest organ we have, and it’s also the most delicate. Having a proper skincare routine is vital to keeping our skin youthful and hydrated.
Antioxidants are good for us both internally and externally. Topical vitamin C, ferulic acid, and coffee extract are all antioxidants that can prevent the damage of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules made naturally from our bodies and from environmental factors like pollution, UV radiation, and smoking. They are a hidden cause of aging that many don’t know of.
Without preventative measures, free radicals can damage collagen, elastin fibres, and even DNA. Dietary forms of antioxidants are berries, green tea, tomatoes, garlic, and red grapes. Incorporate them into your diet for even further prevention of premature aging.
Facial massages can mimic the results of a facelift. It can reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow. You can either go get one done professionally or do a DIY facial at home. Facial massages can boost circulation by pushing blood through the blood vessels, and movement allows new blood to enter while moving toxins and impurities away. This can keep your skin looking youthful and fresh.
As we get older, our cell turnover rate slows down and our dead skin cells do not shed as easily. Slight exfoliation is good for our skin, as it promotes fresh and glowy skin rather than an uneven skin tone. Whether it be a gentle chemical exfoliant like lactic acid or a facial scrub, both are sure to give your skin the gentle push it needs. Even a face cloth with a cleanser will do the trick.
Be sure to know what your skin can tolerate. Some can handle daily exfoliation while others can only do it once a week or they will get very irritated and red. Don’t over exfoliate as this can cause aging as well, rather than preventing it.
Don’t Just Moisturize Your Face
Many say that your neck is the area that first shows signs of aging and is the most neglected. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck and your chest as the skin there is very delicate. These areas are usually the areas where wrinkles occur first and can make a woman’s age obvious. Apply both sunscreen and anti-aging products for optimal protection against signs of aging.
It’s important to take care of our skin in the earlier ages before signs of aging occur. Prevention is key to keeping youthful and beautiful skin. Beginning preventative skin care measures now will guarantee younger looking skin and you’ll be thankful later!