Slow Down: 5 tips to delay skin ageing
Let’s get real here: nobody likes growing old. While we can’t prevent it altogether, here are some tips on how you can slow down the process of skin ageing. Best of all, they’re super easy to follow, and don’t cost a bomb!
1. Don't forget the sunscreen
Sun damage is one of the biggest culprits of accelerated skin ageing. When ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun penetrate the skin, they damage the elastic fibres that keep skin firm, causing wrinkles to develop. Sun exposure is also responsible for dark spots that make our skin look older. What’s more, UV rays can reach you on cloudy or rainy days, and can even pass through windows! Despite sunscreen being one of the most important steps in skincare, it’s unfortunately often overlooked. Be diligent to incorporate it into your daily routine and your skin will thank you.
2. Get sufficient sleep
Sleep is essential for us to function, but it’s commonly neglected for a lot of us. Not getting enough beauty sleep could be more detrimental than simply yawning away at your work desk the next morning. Our body needs rest, and sleep is a time for it to heal, repair and eliminate harmful toxins from the skin. Our body’s peak repairing period occurs between 11PM and 3AM, and reducing your amount of sleep time may not only result in a host of future health issues, but also cause damage to your skin.
3. Thoroughly remove makeup
Falling asleep in your makeup is another cause of early skin ageing. Since the skin repairs itself at night while you sleep, makeup can clog your pores, interrupting this process and causing breakouts, a dull complexion and oxidative damage. Besides, environmental toxins like dirt and pollution also build up on skin during the day, so it’s crucial to cleanse them away. So while it’s tempting to head straight to bed after a long day, just remember that the premature ageing that comes as a consequence is simply not worth it!
Our body’s metabolism naturally slows down as we age, so it's easier to pile on the pounds as the years go by. Regular exercise can help to increase the number of calories you burn, helping to maintain a steady, healthy weight and a youthful appearance. It also helps to improve blood flow and circulation to accelerate the body’s detoxification, so skin looks healthy and vibrant. Moreover, stress is another factor that can contribute to premature ageing, and regular exercise can trigger endorphins to calm down a stressed mind.
Your skin needs the right nutrition to stay youthful and healthy. If you eat a lot of junk food, it will also show on your face. For example, sugary foods not only have little nutritional benefits and add to your waistline, but can damage the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and youthful. Eating a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables can ensure that skin stays healthy looking.