Most of us talk about skin
ageing with a deep sigh!
Whilst ageing is inevitable are there some factors that we can control?
There are 2 different types of ageing:
Are the natural processes caused by genetic factors that are happening to your whole body over time. From a skin point of view this includes a decrease in collagen & elastin production, increased dryness and a decrease in the skin cell turnover rate. And gravity doesn’t help! Obviously intrinsic ageing is something we have little control over.
Are caused by environmental & lifestyle factors ie. Sun exposure, smoking, excess alcohol, drugs, nutritional intake, poor health habits, stress etc.
Extrinsic ageing is the bigger problem and can cause more damage. The good news is you do have more control over these factors. You can slow down extrinsic ageing! Whilst it’s important to use products that target and help intrinsic ageing factors you can take steps to help prevent & diminish the external signs of premature ageing.
Here’s just 6 ways that will make a visible difference to your skin by improving your lifestyle!
1. Use sun protection
Most premature ageing is caused by sun exposure. Research tells us a small amount of sun is necessary for Vitamin D synthesis. However sun damage can take decades to show up and by the time you are aware – it’s way too late to completely reverse the damage done. Sun exposure can cause freckles, age spots, rough & leathery skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and the worst sun damage can lead to skin cancers. So cover up, stay out of the sun from 10 – 3pm and wear a sunscreen every day to reduce photo ageing.
It’s true – you are what you eat! Better nutrition not only helps you lose/maintain weight but also clears your skin.
3. Get a good night sleep
Yes you need plenty of it – approximately 8 hours per night, otherwise your skin starts to look dull.
4. Obey your skincare routine
Regularly removing dead skin cells with an exfoliant, followed by a really hydrating moisturiser can make a huge difference. Always take off your makeup before going to bed!
5. Moderate alcohol
In moderation only. Regularly consuming large amounts will dehydrate your skin – leading to early signs of lines and wrinkles. Also depletes vitamins and the production of collagen & elastin.
6. No smoking
Just don’t do it! Nicotine affects blood flow limiting the availability of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Also the repeated muscles movements used increases the number and depth of wrinkles especially around the mouth and eyes! The damage caused to your skin (long & short term) is huge – not to mention your lungs and general health.
So you can see we do have some control over how our skin ages and to what degree and there are lots of things you can do to help keep your skin healthy and reduce the signs of ageing.
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are – start today!