None of us are getting any younger, add to that the effects of City Centre air pollution, a myriad of beauty products and cleansing solutions and we can soon be looking old before our time, our 8 steps to a younger looking skin will help you look and feel like a new woman.
1. Wear UV Protection every day
It's been estimated that up to 90% of premature ageing is caused by UV rays, so protecting your skin from sun damage is one of the most important things you can do. Go for a moisturiser with an SPF of 15 or higher and make sure you wear it every day, even in the winter. Limit the time you spend in direct sunlight and do re-apply a high factor sunscreen every few hours in summer.
2. The correct moisturiser choice
We all age, and as we age our skin can tend to dry out. If you are prone to dry skin then it's important to help your skin retain as much of its natural moisture as you can. As well as keeping the skin supple, moisturising will also help protect it from some chemicals and pollutants in your environment. Products that contain natural fatty acids can help to smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles, making your skin appear plumper and a little more youthful.
3. Quit smoking!
Studies have shown that people who smoke around 20 cigarettes per day suffer from accelerated skin ageing, this can be by as much as 10 years in some cases. Tobacco smoke carries a damaging mix of toxins, many of these are absorbed directly into our bloodstream. These harmful toxins break down your collagen and elastin, the protein that helps body tissue to resume it's shape after stretching. Without this natural elastic ability, skin can be weaker and more prone to drooping and sagging. Together with poor blood circulation which is associated with smoking, this can lead to a sallow skin tone, wrinkles and circles under the eyes.
4. Cleanse with care
It's very important to cleanse your skin to remove make-up, sunscreens and even dirt, which can potentially clog your pores, but using the wrong cleansing routine can dry your skin, leading to premature ageing. A lot of soaps and foam cleansers do more harm than good, stripping your skin of its natural oils. Go for perfume-free, neutral pH soaps and cleansers, always make sure to moisturise afterwards.
5. Don't overdo exfoliation
As we get older, skin cell turnover tends to slow down. A gentle exfoliation can help to speed up skin cell reproduction and reveal a more youthful and radiant complexion, but do be careful. using harsh abrasives can tear your skin cells, leaving it more prone to dryness and even sensitivity. Choose gentle exfoliators that have micro-beads and avoid anything that has a gritty texture.
6. Have you tried a Retinol cream?
Retinol moisturisers contain chemicals that are derived from Vitamin A, this is known to reduce the appearance of some wrinkles. But, as most of the 'over the counter' anti-ageing creams only contain very mild retinoids, which don't have any scientifically proven effect on wrinkles, you really should see a skin specialist who can medically prescribe you with retinoids to see a difference.
7. Good diet for the skin
Do away with refined white bread, rice and pasta and go for whole grains and complex carbohydrates like brown rice and whole wheat pasta. All of these are rich in fatty acids which can help to keep the skin wrinkle-free. In studies, women over the age of 40 who had consumed the highest amount of vitamin C were found to be less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels, Vitamin C is essential for the creation of collagen, collagen keeps skin smooth and helps elasticity. Good sources of Vitamin C include tomatoes, oranges, red peppers, and dark green leafy vegetables like sprouts and broccoli.
8. Drink some green tea
Swap your morning cuppa for green tea. Green tea hydrates like water and is packed with antioxidants like flavonoids and catechins, these help protect against free radicals that can cause skin ageing.