Monday, 3 September 2018

The Key to Maintaining Youthful Skin




Now that I'm approaching 30! How did that happen? I've started to notice a difference in my skin. There are now creases there where they weren't before, bigger bags under my eyes and things just don't quite seem as tight as they used to be. I'm basically not looking as young as I used to, but for those of us or anyone who is lucky enough to grow old, ageing comes with the territory. While you will never be able to reverse this and I'm not talking about surgery here, there are ways in which you can slow the process down and keep yourself looking youthful for longer.

A healthy diet

Healthy skin is built from the inside out- a diet with the right vitamins, minerals and hydration will keep it nourished. When your body has everything it needs to thrive, it can fight off illnesses more easily that can damage cells including the skin. Getting your five portions of fruit and veg a day along with drinking enough water and eating a balanced and varied diet is good for every cell in your body. You can reap the rewards when it comes to your appearance with healthy hair, nails and skin. 


The right products

As well as nourishing from the inside out, you also need to take care of the surface of your skin. Extreme weather and temperature, air conditioning, heating, pollution and more can all damage the surface, causing it to dry out or get sore. A gentle face wash, a toner, a moisturiser and an eye cream should all be used on a daily basis. If you’re worried about ageing, you could use an age defying cream. On a weekly or semi regular basis, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, and a face mask that’s targeted to your specific skin issues. Some facemasks will hydrate whereas your skin whereas others will calm sore skin. Peel off masks can help get rid of dead skin, and charcoal masks can clear pores. Do your research and find out what’s out there that will work for you. Once you find the one you will keep going back to it like I have found.


Protection from the sun

One of the most harmful things you can do to your skin is to go out into the sun without suncream. The sun is so damaging to the skin that over time it can even cause skin cancer. It changes the cells and dries out the skin which can lead to lines and damage. If you're like me and not the best at applying SPF, then try and use a moisturiser or foundation that contains SPF. Although this shouldn't be a long term solution, he at least gives you some protection. You're technically supposed to wear suncream all year round as even on cloudy days the sun can still damage your skin. When out in the sunshine, make sure your wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes (and the fragile skin surrounding them), squinting also doesn't help with those creases!


Don't binge drinking, drugs or cigarettes

Luckily I don't do either of these, especially as the effects are incredibly harmful. The chemicals they contain have detrimental effects on your health and one of the first places this will show is in the skin. Smoking for example literally starves the skin of oxygen, making it prone to damage, ageing and giving a dull and sallow appearance. Binge drinking and drugs can again cause dehydration as well as starving the cells of important nutrients. These kinds of habits can cause acne and other kinds of skin issues too. 


So you don't need to do anything drastic to reverse the effects of ageing. Although you can't completely stop the process, there are still simple things that you can do to slow it down.

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