Anti-Ageing Secrets to Keep Your Skin Looking Younger for Longer
Ageing skin is a very natural process. Indeed, the American Academy of Dermatology states quite clearly that ‘one thing we cannot change is the natural aging process.’ Our genes play a vital role in determining when lines start to form on our faces, or when we start to lose some of the plump freshness that keeps skin looking young.
Whilst this type of natural ageing, also known as ‘intrinsic ageing’, is unavoidable; there are steps you can take to avoid speeding the process up. Lifestyle can also impact upon your appearance, and if you make the right choices, you can maintain a more youthful look for longer.
- Choose self-tanner, not sun-tanning. One of the most damaging things for skin is UV light. When it enters the skin, UV light breaks down its natural elasticity, which causes it to sag. Bright light can also make us squint, which causes frown-lines, and can cause patches of skin to produce too much melatonin, which results in age spots. You can avoid all these signs of ageing by staying covered up in the sun, and using a good self-tanning lotion instead. If you do choose to expose your skin to the sunshine, make sure you use a high SPF sunscreen, and stay out of the sun during the hours of 11am to 3pm, when UV rays are at their strongest.
- Eat fish oil. Oily fish, such as salmon, contains one of the best natural anti-ageing products there are; Omega-3 fatty acids. These not only help to promote a healthy heart and boost immunity, but they also improve hair growth and make skin feel softer and suppler.
- Stay hydrated. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day; not only to stay healthy, but also to improve the appearance of your skin. Over time, dehydration can cause skin to dry out, which leaves it more vulnerable to ageing. Bear in mind that alcohol also has a dehydrating effect, and excessive drinking can make you appear older than you really are.
- Don’t eat processed sugar. According to Ava Shamban, dermatologist at the Laser Institute for Dermatology and Skincare in California, processed sugar is one of the worst ingredients for speeding up the signs of ageing. It binds to and eventually weakens collagen in the skin, which causes premature wrinkling and sagging.
- Massage the skin. Boosting circulation helps to flush toxins from the skin, which helps to keep the body free from impurities. In addition to this, massage is useful in combatting stress, which has been linked to accelerated ageing.
Do You Need to Moisturise?
Whilst it’s a good idea to replenish the moisture in your skin with a moisturising cream, it’s not necessarily true that more expensive creams are more effective. There are many relatively cheap moisturisers available that do an excellent job in hydrating and softening the skin.
In addition to moisturising, it’s also important to keep the skin clean and free from impurities; and to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dull skin cells, which can make you appear older.