As we get older it is easy to see the slight signs of ageing creeping in. Those fine lines and wrinkles can not be prevented forever, but there are plenty of products on the market that can help you do just that. But, with so much range in stores nowadays, how do you know you are getting the right product for you? How do you know that it works? Are you looking for something more natural, or affordable? With a few simple changes to your daily routine, it can be easy to slow down the process of ageing in regards to the skin and fight off fine lines and wrinkles. This can be one of the biggest skin issues faced by those over 30. When you take care of your skin in the right way, you can ultimately combat premature ageing. Implementing one or two of the following adjustments can greatly impact your skin. Below are some of the best regimes to follow to fight off the signs of ageing and keep you looking younger for longer.
One of the biggest environmental factors that speed up the ageing process is sun damage. This can occur if you spend excessive time outdoors daily or tanning. There are several things that you can do to reduce that damage to your skin without changing your routine too much. In regards to tanning, you can opt for self-tanner or gradual tanning creams rather than spending too much time out in the sun or at the tanning salon. Tanning beds have a similar effect to the sun and can be just as damaging. You should also wear a daily sunscreen, 30+ SPF or higher. You can find many daily moisturisers that have additional sunscreen within and keep your skin hydrated as well. This should be applied to any area of the skin which is exposed during your time outside.
Quit Unhealthy Habits
As you probably are already aware, habits such as smoking and excessive drinking can impact your health and your skin. These can cause unwanted wrinkles and bring on premature ageing. Smoking can also cause a dull and sallow complexion. You should try to quit as soon as possible to stop and reverse the adverse effects of smoking on your skin. Alcohol can also harm the skin, having a dehydrating effect and can damage the skin over time. Reduce your alcohol intake to minimise the effect that drinking has on your skin.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is always recommended. It has been proven in recent studies that lots of fresh fruits and vegetables prevent damage that can lead to premature ageing of your skin. Lots of sugars and refined carbohydrates can accelerate ageing in comparison. Small changes to your diet can help to keep your skin healthy, and as a bonus, it may help to shift those stubborn pounds. Replacing chips and chocolate with nuts or fruit and cutting out sugary drinks are a great way to start your journey to a new you.
Exercising most days of the week can also improve circulation and boost immunity, giving the impression of a more youthful appearance. It is recommended by experts that adults engage in 30 minutes of physical activity three times a week. You can start slow, by taking a slow walk each day with the family dog and work up to something that exerts more energy.
A gentle, daily skin cleansing routine can also fight signs of ageing. It will remove unwanted irritants such as makeup and other substances you may have picked up over the day. Washing your face twice a day will also act to remove irritants, including perspiration that may have accumulated on your skin throughout the day. You may be prone to excessive sweating if you wear a hat or helmet. This can in turn cause irritation to the skin, acne and also excessive lines and wrinkles. Daily moisturisers will also help to keep the hydration locked into your skin, avoiding it drying out. You should try to avoid any skincare products that sting or burn. This is a sign of skin irritation and as stated above, irritation to the skin can bring on signs of ageing.
Turn That Frown Upside Down
Repetitive facial expressions will also lead to premature signs of ageing. When you make any facial expression the underlying muscles contract. Repetitive use of these muscles over long periods, years, can cause permanent lines on your face. You can reduce fine lines around your eyes by wearing sunglasses, as this will stop squinting in harsh sunlight. Other ways that you can improve the signs of fine lines and wrinkles caused by contracting the facial muscles is by relaxing the face and refraining from frowning. Things that can help to counteract these expressions include meditation and acupuncture. Each help to relax the face and stop you from stretching the skin and allowing it to sag with overuse of facial muscles. Now is the perfect time to turn your frown upside down and as a result, fight the signs of ageing.