We all want to preserve our youthful look for as long as possible. While some of us are willing to go with Botox and fillers, others are happy to stick with their anti-aging creams. Some of us even go the extra mile and opt for invasive surgery such as a facelift.
If you wish to preserve your youth without going the surgical route, this article will help you keep a nice and easy routine. Today, we will share some anti-aging tips you can start following today. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into the tips:
Get Your Hands on a Sunscreen
Sun exposure is one of the major contributors to ageing, and the simple act of wearing sunscreen will prevent you from ageing prematurely.
Whether it is bright outside or storming rain, wear sunscreen every day irrespective of the season. Make it your second nature. It should come as naturally to you as brushing your teeth every morning. I would recommend placing sunscreen on your bathroom counter and applying it as soon as you are done washing your face.
We recommend choosing one that has at least SPF 30 or above. Also, make sure it says broad spectrum on the label, as it will guarantee protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It is best to opt for a water-resistant sunscreen during summers during summers as it will protect you despite all the sweat.
Apply it generously all over your face, neck and exposed part of your body. Make sure to reapply it every three hours to get maximum protection.
Stay Clear of Tanning
We all love that bronzy glow, but it can do more harm than good. Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
We also need to mention that indoor tanning beds are as damaging as the UV rays and will lead to skin discolouration and damage to elastin and collagen.
Incorporate Retinoids into Your Routine
As we age, our skin begins to, lose collage at homen (a protein responsible for making your skin look youthful, smooth, and lifted). The loss of collagen can make your skin look older than your age and lead to fine lines and wrinkles. The best line of defence is to incorporate a retinoid into your daily skincare routine. Retinoid is a prescription-strength version of Vitamin A.
This is helpful mainly for those in their late twenties to thirties. Anyone younger than that can use non-prescription retinol. In the beginning, apply it every two days and see how your skin reacts to it. As your skin builds up the tolerance, slowly start using it daily. Make sure to use an excellent quality moisturiser and wear sunscreen during the day to prevent your skin from reacting.
You Can’t Beat What You Eat
You are what you eat. The food you put into your body dictates your health and how you look. It’s easy to notice our act up when we eat poorly on vacation. I am not suggesting that you never indulge in all your favourite snacks, but make sure you eat healthily.
Try eating balanced meals containing healthy carbs, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. Moreover, it is a great idea to limit salt and sugar intake. Do not forget to drink loads of water every single day. If you eat rich foods, your skin will glow on the outside and will be able to resist the daily wear and tear.
Omega 3 is good at keeping your skin hydrated and helps delay the aging process. Eat lots of fish, flaxseed oil, and other foods containing omega 3s. If you can’t get enough of it through your diet, try adding a supplement to your daily routine after discussing it with your doctor.
Make exfoliation a part of your weekly routine. Our skin sheds dead skin cells every 28 days. The process is slow and can take quite a while. It accumulates dead skin cells over the skin surface, leading to a dull complexion and rough patches. You can use a chemical or physical exfoliant based on your skin type. I would recommend opting for a chemical exfoliant for your face and a physical one for your body. Be sure to moisturise your skin thoroughly afterwards. Don’t go overboard with exfoliation, or you will have highly sensitive skin.
Alter Your Skincare Routine
You can’t get away with the same skin care routine you had in your teens or early twenties. With each age bracket, the requirements of our skin change, and we have to adapt our skincare routine accordingly. You can add a rich moisturiser, include a vitamin C serum to your routine, use retinol or retinoid-based products at night, exfoliate once a week, and moisturise hydrating masks. The goal is to keep your skin moisturised. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkling. A hydrated and moisturised skin will age well.
Use Gentle Cleansing Products
We all have been through a time when we used wrong skin cleansing products, resulting in very dry skin, and althought it might have worked during acne-prone teenage days, it won’t work well in favor of ageing skin.
Choose cleansing products that gently clean your skin thoroughly without stripping off your skin’s essential oils. An oil-based balm works well for removing makeup. Use a gentle cleanser afterwards to get rid of the residue, and you will be good to go.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Start inching closer towards a healthy lifestyle day by day. I get that you can’t make the change overnight, but slow and steady always wins the race. People who don’t smoke or drink look significantly younger than those who do. So, try to cut smoking and alcohol out of your routine today. Start incorporating a few workouts into your daily routine. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. A bit of yoga, dance, or even a daily walk will do the job. Make sure to pick a workout you enjoy. The key to youth is playing. If you can’t stand a workout, it will produce stress hormones in your body rather than benefiting your health. Respect your limits.
Bonus Tip: Opt for Non-Surgical Treatments
A facelift isn’t the only way to make your face look snatched. We get that in case you aren’t a fan of Botox and fillers. There are plenty of other treatments that can keep your skin looking youthful and refreshed. Lasers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion help to preserve your youth. The best way to determine the right treatment option is to book a consultation with a specialist and get started on the right course of action.
We hope you found this article helpful! If you have any further anti-aging questions, please let us know in the comments section below.