Getting older is a process we have all have to face and can’t be stopped. As we get older our skin has a lot to endure and doesn’t renew itself as quickly as before. Pollution, unhealthy lifestyle and being out in the sun are only a few things that are causing our skin to age more rapidly than we all want.
Actually, there are 2 types of aging that do exist, intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging, or our natural aging process, is a process that begins in your mid-twenties. Collagen production slows down, your skin gets thinner and loses its elasticity and dead cells aren’t replaced that fast as they used to. How fast those changes will be visible depends on your genes.
Some of us do see their first gray hairs appearing in their twenties, others will not see one single gray hair until their forties. Those are all changes that are beyond our control. But there are some external or extrinsic factors such as sun exposure, pollution, cosmetics, illness and smoking that are speeding up this internal process. The good thing is, those can be changed and premature aging can be slowed down by doing so.
So for today’s post, we’ll focus on how to slow down this process and repair some of the damage that’s already been done.
7 Tips & Tricks To Prevent Premature Aging Of Your Skin
#1 Healthy Lifestyle
What you eat reflects onto your skin. Your skin is in need of healthy nutrients to restore and fight the process of premature aging. But not only is your diet important, a lack of exercise, excess use of alcohol and smoking are other very important causes of aging.
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#2 Your Daily Beauty Sleep
For every person different, but aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Give your body the time to repair the damage taken by stress, UV rays, poor nutrition, and other exposures.
#3 Protect Your Skin Against The Elements
As it comes to premature aging of your skin, the sun’s UV rays are your second worst enemy, next to an unhealthy lifestyle. It is a well-known fact that too much sun damages your skin causing wrinkles, premature aging, brown sun spots, a dry appearance of your skin and even skin cancer. So if you go out in the sun, always wear sunscreen to protect your body.
But the sun is not the only element to keep in mind. Cold, harsh weather takes away all moisture, also causing damage to your skin. So if you go out, make sure to wear a scarf, drink enough water and keep your skin moisturized using a neutral, chemical free lotion.
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#4 Daily Skin Care
A simple daily routine of using a cleanser and moisturizer will help you to fend off aging. The look of your skin depends very much on the amount of moisture, it keeps it soft and hydrated. Avoid shampoos, lotions and other products containing harsh chemicals, they irritate the skin. Be careful around the delicate area around the eyes.
You’re doing a big favor for your skin by only wearing makeup on special occasions and using facial scrubs or a washcloth.
#5 Fight Stress And Be Happy
Stress and negative thoughts do affect the appearance of your skin. Simple breathing exercising can do wonders. Take time to relax and re-evaluate.
#6 Avoid Exposure to Cigarette Smoke
Research has shown that cigarette smoke is almost as bad as UV rays for your skin. It increases wrinkling and dryness and depletes vitamin C, which is needed for a younger looking skin as it fights the free radicals within your body. And believe it or not, whether it is your own smoke or secondary, both will affect the aging process.
#7 Fight Free Radicals
Anti-oxidants prevent free radicals from damaging your skin. Those free radicals are responsible for wrinkles, eye bags, etc. Antioxidants, like vitamin A, C, E, and biotin, are very important for a healthy and young looking skin. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants for protecting your skin, it stimulates collagen production and brightens your skin.
Eat at least 5 to 7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Avoid processed foods, sugar, alcohol and dairy as much as possible.
Your parents may be gifted you with the genes for good skin, but remember even if you have the right genes, taking care of the biggest organ of your body is the secret to premature aging.
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Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.