Every day, your skin takes an invisible beating from both inside and out. The resulting damage can accelerate ageing and make your face look old before its time. However, there are simple habits you can adopt to turn back the clock and maintain the health of your facial skin no matter what your actual age.
Hide from UV Rays
The Skin Cancer Foundation points to the sun as the source of 90 percent of the visible signs of aging, including:
• Rough spots
That means taking smart precautions any time that you head outside. To protect your face, choose a daily moisturiser that contains SPF 15, and wear a hat with a brim whenever you’re going to be out for a long time.
No More Butts
The deep wrinkles and sickly colour seen in the faces of people who smoke is referred to as “smoker’s face.” Every cigarette puts thousands of chemicals into your body, many of which cause damage at a cellular level that accelerates ageing. Smoking also decreases blood flow to the face, resulting in thin, colourless skin. Quitting gives your body the chance to clean and repair itself while preventing further damage from inhaled toxins.
Feed Your Skin Well
The essential building blocks for healthy, young-looking skin come from what you eat. Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are all needed in good balance on a daily basis to keep your skin healthy. Certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, are particularly important. You don’t get these nutrients from a diet filled with sugary processed foods. In fact, processed fare promotes inflammation, which in turn can cause the cell damage that ages your skin. Make the switch to a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables that includes healthy fats to maintain balance, support collagen and nourish skin.
Be Diligent with Facial Care
It’s best to establish a morning and evening skincare routine while you’re still young, but it’s never too late to get started. Select skincare products suitable for your age and skin type, and make it a point to use them as directed every day. Start each facial care session with a good cleansing and finish with a moisturiser. At night, get a full seven to eight hours of sleep on a clean pillowcase.
Invest in a Retinoid Cream
Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and provide strong anti aging properties in a variety of products. Retinoid compounds promote healthy blood flow and cell turnover to create brighter, firmer skin with an inner radiance. Retinol has also been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Most over-the-counter creams offer sufficient support, but if your face needs some extra care, talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription-strength face lifting cream.
You might not be able to stop getting older, but adhering to these lifestyle changes and making appropriate adjustments as you age can preserve the youthful facial glow that so many people are looking for.