Approaching my mid-20’s has made me think about my skin and how to prevent premature skin ageing. It is important to look after your skin and body when you are young so that you don’t aggravate the ageing process. Here are 10 tips that have been proved to prevent premature wrinkles.
1) Sun Protection: If you’re a 90’s baby you’ll remember the song Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen and let me tell you, they weren’t joking. Sun damage accounts to about 80-90% of environmental skin ageing, so always wear a broad spectrum sun screen. Yes even when it’s cloudy and cold outside. Make sure your sunscreen protects you from UVB and UVA rays and has a high PA rating. UVB are short sun rays which causes tanning in the skin, UVA are long distant rays which can affect the skin at a cellular level and can lead to skin cancer. The SPF number refers to the amount of protection you get, so if it is SPF 30 you get 300 minutes of protection and SPF 40 you get 400 minutes… etc
2) Cleansing: Make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly every morning and night. If you leave make-up on during the night when your skin is regenerating it can lead to clogged pores, acne and reduces the elasticity of your skin over time.
3) Anti-oxidants: Free radicals from UV and air pollution lead to skin damage at the cellular level by breaking down collagen and reducing cell renewal. This can lead to an inflamed, blotchy appearance in the skin. Eating and drinking foods which contain antioxidants such as green tea and blueberries are a great way of reducing antioxidants within the body. Skin care products which contain vitamin C, E, Retinol, Niacin or green tea are a great topical defence against free radicals.
4) Water: Water helps to flush out toxins and hydrate the outermost layers of the skin. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how much moisture you put on your skin topically, if it is dry from within then it will continue to be dry on the outside. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day to help the liver detox.
5) Smoking: Smoking causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels in the outer layers of skin. This causes less blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin. On top of all the other negative health effects of smoking, this is just one more reason to never start or quit for good.
6) Alcohol: Alcohol is a hepatoxin meaning it inhibits the livers function at clearing out toxins and breaking down harmful substances in your bloodstream. Whilst the occasional drink may not hurt, excessive drinking will leave your skin sallow and dehydrated.
7) Exercise: Regular cardio exercise improves blood flow which can improve skin tone over time.
8) Eat well: This is a no-brainer. Keeping your calorie intake low and eating fresh fruits and vegetables will not only make you feel great but will help maintain healthy skin.
9) Sugar: The body also ages by the process of glycation. As the name suggests this is a glucose driven process. When excessive sugar is consumed the sugar attaches itself to proteins such as collagen which causes the fibres to lose elasticity and cause breakage.
10) Don’t stress: Ageing is a natural process and should be seen as a privilege. Many people don’t get to experience growing old. Be happy, relax and don’t stress 🙂