"We cannot turn back the hands of time, but we can take steps to slow down and even reverse some of the signs of premature aging."
Common premature signs of aging like wrinkles, laugh-lines, sagging, sun spots, or crow’s feet around the eyes can accelerate due to your lifestyle choices.
Check out these 10 powerful tips on how to slow down and help your skin:
1) Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Vitamin D is great however, you need to make sure you protect your skin every day from the sun, not just when you’re on holiday. Whether you're at the beach or just running errands, sun protection is essential. It’s best to use a mineral-based (not chemical-based) sunscreen that is broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher and water resistant. You ideally need to apply sunscreen to any skin that is not covered by clothing.
2) Quit Smoking
Do you smoke? If so you should try to stop. Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion. To start with, try switching to nicotine free patches.
3) Stop Sleeping On Your Stomach & Side
Ever heard of sleep wrinkles? They are those lines you get when you constantly sleep in the same position, mainly on your side and stomach. When you’re young your skin has enough elasticity to snap back, however when you age these lines can become permanent. To combat these premature lines, try sleeping on your back or using a silk pillowcase.
4) Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Findings from academic studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits, especially those rich in antioxidants and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
5) Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol is rough on the skin as well as the rest of your body. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This makes us look and feel older.
6) Exercise More
You should aim to be exercising most days of the week, this doesn’t mean a full blown gym workout. Any form of exercise improves your circulation and boosts the immune system, which in turn, will give you a more youthful appearance on your skin. Try to get in at least 30 minutes per day, four to five days per week if at all possible. When you sweat, it just helps to further detoxify the skin, and exercise releases endorphins so you’ll look and feel younger.
7) Wash Gently
A lot of people use scrubs and chemical peels, and things like that. But scrubbing your skin harshly can irritate your skin, which can accelerate skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove the dirt, pollution, and makeup without irritating the skin. Wash your face twice a day, with warm water especially after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after you sweat.
8) Moisturize Your Skin
Apply an organic facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizer traps water into your skin, creating a nice barrier that gives your skin a more youthful appearance. Using cold therapy after applying your moisturizer helps shrink your pores locking in the goodness.
9) Get Enough Sleep
The term ‘beauty sleep’ is actually a real thing. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Not having enough sleep can cause your skin to appear dull, age faster, and not to mention increase the dark spots under your eyes. You should aim to average around 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
10) Use LED Therapy
NASA originally developed LED lights for plant growth experiments in space. However, since then, LEDs have shown promising results in wound healing and human tissue growth. Blue and red light LED lights, penetrate the skin and trigger the biological processes that help the skin rejuvenate and heal. This stimulates collagen production and increases skin elasticity which helps fight aging skin, wrinkles and lines by giving it a naturally youthful glow.
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