SO, WHAT AGE?
As much as you’ll hate to hear it; we all start ageing at a different rate. It all depends on our genes, skin type and the lifestyle we lead.But we'll help stop the confusion by running through what to do before the signs of ageing occur, and when they do occur, how best to deal with them.
BEFORE SIGNS OF AGEING.In your teens and 20s your goal should be to preserve and protect your skin. Start with a good skin care routine which isn’t necessarily anti-ageing. Most of these creams are repairing products, so if you’re lucky enough to still have radiant, youthful looking skin - there is simply no need for them just yet.
A good night’s sleepA healthy sleep habit is crucial to your health and well-being. By having a routine you will get into the habit of getting a good night’s sleep. With enough rest, the body produces HGH (human growth hormone) which helps skin remain thick, elastic and less likely to wrinkle. Experts say we should aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Use sunscreenIt’s recommended you choose one with SPF 30 or higher. But protection from the pain of sunburn is not the most important reason for wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen will slow down the appearance of photodamage related to signs of ageing. And it will protect you against the development of wrinkles, spotting and loss of skin elasticity caused by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Photoageing is mostly caused by UVA radiation, which robs the skin of its natural ability to hold its shape and is a common sign of ageing skin. A recent study found that people who used sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased signs of ageing.
A Healthy DietWhat you eat is just as important as the products you use for your skin. The right foods will do wonders to protect your skin from ageing. Many foods contain ingredients which benefit your, for example, oranges are packed with Vitamin C which helps to make collagen. Go for fresh foods, and lots of colours to get a variety of nutrients! Have a look at our post about the top 6 ingredients your skincare regime needs.
Source: Rego Korosi
Quit SmokingYou should already know the dangers of smoking. But if you need another reason to finally quit smoking – this should be it! Smoking hampers your body’s ability to make collagen and speeds up your skins natural ageing process. Meaning that cigarette you’re smoking is ageing you! We’ve even found some tips on how to quit smoking and help available here,so you have no excuses!
WHEN SIGNS OF AGEING START TO APPEAR
Despite it being inevitable nobody wants to age. But in your 30s you might notice the dreaded lines around your eyes and mouth. Your skin gets a bit duller and will need some help to boost collagen and elastin production.That’s when you should start looking at the anti-ageing products out there. Anti-ageing products address the signs of ageing that are already present. With a wide variety of creams and lotions available on the market focus on the ingredients in the bottle rather than the fancy marketing gimmicks.
USING THE RIGHT CREAMS AND SERUMS CAN...
Eliminate dead skin cellsThese dead cells can end up getting clogged inside the pores, and prevent a balanced flow of the body’s skin oils to keep the skin feeling soft and smooth.
Moisturise skinYou shouldn’t go a day without hydrating your skin; just as you wouldn’t go a day without drinking water. Hydration allows skin to function at peak performance, and when in good condition, they can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells which means younger, healthier skin.
Keep skin firm and tightElastin and collagen frequently break down causing the skin to sag and look wrinkly. Anti-ageing creams bring back the firmness and tightness of your skin.
Give You ConfidenceConfidence is extremely important in every aspect of our lives. It directly effects how we do everything in life,so it only makes sense that when you feel better about how you look, your self-esteem gets a boost,and this naturally translates into a better quality life.
The earlier you start looking after your skin, the better,but if you don’t have any clear signs of ageing yet, skin is still fully capable of repairing the collagen itself and have an excellent cell turnover rate.So if you are in your teens or 20s – try your best to maintain and protect the skin you have. Do so by getting a good night’s sleep, using sunscreen and most importantly leading a healthy lifestyle. Your 30s is a good time to start using anti-ageing creams and serums, but choose wisely looking ingredients which increase the production of collagen and elastin within the skin. Most importantly – remember to keep protecting your skin – an unhealthy lifestyle can negate the anti-ageing serums benefits.