It’s no secret that one of the things that people dread is getting old. Yet, it’s not so much as getting old that people dread, but the things that accompany old age.
With old age, you can expect a decline in almost anything and everything. From a decline in cognitive health and physical strength to the skin sagging and wrinkling, getting old can be quite discouraging. As much as ageing is inevitable, there are a few things that we can do to slow it down.
For instance, the formation of wrinkles on our skin can be reduced and prevented even as we age. This can be done by giving our skin the proper care that it deserves. However, by neglecting proper skin care, you accelerate the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. In turn, you end up looking older than you actually are.
So, how can you prevent the early formation of wrinkles and fine lines? How can one slow down even after the age of forty? Below are the top five methods that can help you take care of your skin and look younger than you actually are.
1. Limit Sun Exposure
Sun exposure is the number one cause of wrinkle formation on the skin. In other words, it accelerated the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, making you look older than you actually are.
If you have to go out into the sun, then use sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using sunscreen liberally can help prevent skin ageing, as well as skin cancer (Bouchez).
2. Always Moisturize
People often tend to underestimate the importance of moisturizing and its impact on skin. Regardless of your skin type, keeping your skin moisturized will help keep it supple and improve its elasticity. This, in turn, will reduce and/or prevent the formation of wrinkles.
3. Sleep More
When we sleep, we allow our bodies to repair itself and recover from the day's activities and strain (7 Ways To Reduce Wrinkles And Fine Lines). However, five or six hours of sleep won’t benefit your skin. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep so that you can get the rest that you need. By resting and sleeping more, you allow your body to produce what is termed as human growth hormone. This hormone is known to help keep and improve skin elasticity, as well as ensure that it remains thick and healthy (Bouchez).
Lack of enough sleep, on the other hand, encourages the production of cortisol. Cortisol, which is a stress hormone, tends to break down skin cells. This impacts the health of your skin considerably.
4. Improve Your Diet
What you feed your body will show on the outside, and not just in terms of weight. Your skin is like a window to your body’s health. The less healthy your body is, the less likely your skin will glow and look young. Change your diet and look for foods that are rich in antioxidants. For instance, add fruits such as berries, apples and avocados and leafy vegetables to your smoothies or overall diet. Additionally, don’t skip on legumes, nuts and even fish.
All the above food types are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Other than aiding in weight loss, antioxidants help fight free radicals that are responsible for accelerating our ageing process (Top 10 Ways To Prevent Wrinkles Naturally).
5. Do Not Smoke
As difficult as it can be, quitting smoking is a prerequisite to healthy and younger looking skin. If you keep all the above tips but fail in this one, you might be undoing all your hard work and efforts. Numerous studies have found that smoke encourages the production of a certain enzyme that breaks down skin cells. Additionally, it also encourages the breakdown and destruction of collagen and elastin; two components that maintain skin elasticity and firmness (Bouchez).
In conclusion, the better you take care of your skin, the better you age. By adhering to the above states tips and tricks, you can prevent wrinkles and defy age.