Published on September 12th, 2019
When it comes to aging, there are two things every person dreads – that first grey hair and when you notice your first wrinkles. Now, when it comes your hair, those pesky greys are easily hidden with some hair dye.
For wrinkles though, unless you’re prepared to go under the knife or get some Botox, those little lines are a lot harder to deal with.
Which is why it’s so important that we take care of our skin. As, by implementing a few clever tips and tricks into your daily life, you can really slow down your skin’s aging process, which means you’ll look 10 years younger than you really are!
So, to keep your wrinkles at bay, here are some of the best ways to reduce premature facial aging:
1. Stop Worrying
Whether it’s our careers, our kids or even both – many of us deal with a large amount of stress on a daily basis. The problem is, when we stress too much our body releases a hormone called cortisol and this can have devastating effects on our skin.
For one, cortisol can cause our skin to break out with acne, which is not only embarrassing but these spots can lead to scarring on our skin. Worse, cortisol is known to break down the collagen in our skin.
So, if we suffer from chronic stress, our body can’t produce enough collagen to keep our skin plump and wrinkle-free.
Of course, telling someone to stop worrying is far easier than it actually is to combat stress. However, there are a few meditative activities that you can put into practice to help calm your mind and body.
For one, trying some yoga or learning how to meditate can really help. Or, for something a little simpler, take time at night to enjoy a relaxing bath with a few essential oils (such as calming lavender) and – rather than scrolling through social media – take the time to read before bed.
2. Stop Excess Drinking and Don’t Smoke
Not only is smoking bad for your body, by choosing to smoke you will age your skin dramatically.
That’s because, when you smoke, the toxins released break down collagen in your skin as well as constricting the blood vessels in your face.
This vessel constriction means your skin won’t get as much nutrients or oxygen as it needs. So, it’s no surprise that your skin will start to look dull and older.
Worse still, the repetitive action of inhaling on a cigarette leads to fine lines around our mouths.
Over time these wrinkles become more pronounced and make it easy for people to identify you as a smoker, which is why it’s so important to quit as soon as possible.
While alcohol won’t lead to wrinkles, those toxic glasses of bubbly you enjoy so much will still lead to some terrible skin side effects.
That’s because alcohol in your system will dilate your blood vessels and dehydrate your skin. Eventually this can lead to developing rosacea, which is a skin condition where your face becomes red and even pimply.
3. Invest in a Skincare Regime
Many of us falsely believe that we don’t need a skincare regime until we’re in our thirties, or even forties. However, if we want to have our skin looking as healthy as possible, we should all have our own skincare regimes.
This doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive, though. Something as simply as using a cleanser and moisturiser twice a day will keep your skin soft and young looking.
4. Wear Sunglasses
One of the first signs of premature aging is when we develop crow’s feet – those little fine lines at the corners of our eyes.
More often than not, these lines develop from excessive squinting, such as when we’re avoiding the glare of the sun.
Worse still, sun damage to our eyes can also cause dark circles under our eyes, which can make you look far older.
To combat this, sunglasses can be used to protect the delicate skin around our eyes from sun damage. If you use prescription glasses, these days it’s very easy to get prescription lenses put into your sunglasses.
Even designer brands like Ray-Ban allow you to customize their sunglasseswith prescription lenses.
5. Wear Sun Cream
To keep your skin young, you need to protect it from the UV rays contained within sunlight. Which is why – regardless of weather – you should wear sunscreen every single day. Indeed, this should be as routine as brushing our teeth in the morning.
These days, many make-up foundations come with a SPF value. Or, if you don’t wear make-up, use a sun cream specifically for your face.
6. Get Enough Sleep
While we’re sleeping, our bodies work to repair any damage needed by our bodies. However, when we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies will prioritise certain tasks first.
This means, creating new collagen and elastin gets put on the back burner – and without these important cells, we’ll develop wrinkles.
Instead, you should ensure that you get a good night’s sleep as often as you can, with 8 to 9 hours being ideal.
7. Drink Milk And Water
Hydration is incredibly important for healthy skin, so instead of reaching for that can of Diet Coke, you should be drinking as much water as you can.
Aiming for around eight glasses of water a day will help ensure that your pores are unclogged and your skin is soft and healthy looking.
A glass of milk a day is also wonderful for our skin. That’s because milk contains vitamin A, which helps skin cell production.
8. Eat Healthy
As well as milk containing vitamin A, you’ll also find this essential nutrient in foods like oily fish and cheese. In fact, everything we put in our mouth will have an effect on our skin’s health, which is why it’s important to always follow a healthy diet.
As tasty as burger and fries can be, when eaten too often, your skin will become pallid and greasy.
Exercise is essential for keeping your body fighting fit and increasing blood flow.
This blood flow is particularly important as, when you have a good blood flow, more nutrients and oxygen get pumped around our skin keeping it young and healthy.