New Year, New... Age?!
3 Most Important Tips for Beating Signs of Aging
Crow’s feet are adorable, but if we can help it, I’d prefer to delay them for as long as possible. Everyone secretly wishes that their skin never ages, that wrinkles stay afar, and our youthful glow remains. Unfortunately, you can’t control certain factors, like falling estrogen levels that lead to sagging skin or the genetics that give you a particular bone structure. But what we can do, is combat these telltale signs, and protect our skin to the best of our ability. Starting with what we know …
First, use the right beauty products.
We’re not saying to slather on everything you can get your hands on. We suggest you to truly evaluate how your skin is reacting to ingredients and determine what works and what doesn’t. Several skin products and procedures can actually help to regenerate skin cells, and that is a crucial aspect of anti-aging. If you’re skin is dry, it would help immensely to find the right products to keep it moisturized.
- Opt for peels. Exfoliating through facials or microdermabrasion creams applied at home, can help make skin look brighter while also stimulating collagen growth.
- Oil glands become less active as you age, which is why moisturizing on a regular basis is a must to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The simple act of switching your normal face cream for a richer one will help trap water against the skin, pumping up those deep crevices. For those with oily skin, you can opt for oil-free moisturizers.
Focus on what you eat.
The skin is the body's largest organ. What we eat, how we stay active, and regular practice of self-care plays an important role on how we visibly age.
- Eat plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Ideally they should come from natural sources, including olive oil, ground flaxseed, and fish such as salmon. Fish-oil supplements are another source of these important fats, which help protect the moisture barrier.
- Take a vitamin D supplement – the body can’t synthesize it naturally.
- Cut back on processed foods and sugars.
- Count green tea and coffee in your daily total, but go easy on the alcohol. Don’t forget to hydrate throughout the day – 6 to 8 glasses of water is a must.
Reduce exposure to sun.
We cannot stress this enough. UV exposure damages elastin and causes a loss of collagen. This translates to drooping, discoloration, rough texture and wrinkles.
- Use a generous amount of sunblock each time you step out during the day. Know that older skin tends to be more vulnerable to the effects of the sun than younger skin.
- If you tend to forget sunscreen, use makeup bases and moisturizers with UV-protection built in.
Use a retinoid.
Retinoids are vitamin-A derivative compounds that have been shown to boost collagen production and cell turnover, as well as to unclog pores and stimulate blood vessels in the area.
- Ask a doctor about prescription-strength retinoids, which are generally most effective like tretinoin and tazarotene.
- Usually, starting a retinoid involves a gradual introduction of the product to avoid irritation.
- Retinoids works best at night, apply on a clean face before sleeping.
- Use a moisturizer on top of the retinoid, or use a moisturizer that contains retinoid.
Taking care of yourself with the right beauty products, avoid sun or sunburns, moisturize and use retinoids; continue to eat well, exercise daily and take good care of yourself, mentally and physically. Sticking to a beauty regimen and proactively preventing signs of aging will ensure that you maintain a healthy and young looking skin.