According to a German study, the appearance of a woman’s skin on her arms, hands and her chest significantly impact how old people think she is (whoever said being a woman was hard, right!?)
Basically, it’s not just the skin on your face you need to be taking care of when it comes to ageing - you need to be paying attention to the skin all over your body!
Of course, ageing is inevitable. However, since we do have to age, shouldn’t we do everything we possibly can to try and put it off as long as possible!?
As it goes, it’s not just your genes or the sun that may be ageing your skin, and there are some small things you can do to keep yourself looking as youthful as possible.
1. Stay out of the Sun.
We know we said that the sun isn’t the only factor involved in the overall appearance of your skin, but it does, sadly, play a huge part in it. So much so, in fact, that damage from the sun’s UV light is pretty much responsible for about 90% of the visible signs of ageing in your skin.
Why? Because the suns rays break down the elastin found in your skin, meaning it’ll cause it to have a saggy and dull appearance, age spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tones and more. This is why we recommend always ALWAYS wearing a good quality suncream with an SPF of 30 minimum.
And remember, the suns rays are often around whether it’s sunny or not, and you should reapply every couple of hours to ensure you get full protection.
2. Drink ALOT of Water.
This one is nothing new, we know. But it IS probably one of the most important items on this list. Hydration is the main key for maintaining younger skin.
We (and pretty much the entire world of beauty) recommends enjoying at least 8 glasses of filtered water each day to keep that skin of yours looking fresh and radiant. It will also help support your goals of reaching your optimal health.
Drinking enough water each day replenishes your skin’s tissue and cells, which will help stop the emphasising of wrinkles and ageing.
Believe it or not, but another key to maintaining a youthful appearance is to literally… catch those ZZZZ’s!
While you’re sleeping, your body consistently releases hormones that encourage your cells to turn over and renew. This is the perfect time to start using age-defying actives such as retinoids and beta hydroxy acid - both very powerful exfoliants and wrinkle erasers.
They do, however, also raise your sensitivity to sunlight, so be extra generous when it comes to sunscreen.
4. Rub It In.
Water may help your skin stay hydrated from the inside, but there are ways you can help it from the outside too. Namely, by using the right kind of moisturiser consistently. Hydrated skin not only looks better and healthier, but it’s also stronger and better equipped to fight off skin irritants.
Creams and moisturisers are all different. It’s vital that you use Clinical Grade products with better absorption and penetration into the skin, also with higher active ingredients, for best results, and backed by clinical studies proven to treat and protect the skin.
5. Eat a Plant-y-Full Diet.
It’s no secret that having a diet that’s rich in veggies and fruits come with many benefits. They have long been proven to provide key nutrients that help support healthy ageing and keep your body young, both on the inside and out.
Fruits and vegetables also up your intake of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off the damaging effects of free radicals found in the environment.
6. Keep On Moving.
We’re sure that you know staying active is great for your body, but did you also know it’s great for your skin? Research has shown that meticulous exercise, especially HIIT (highly-intensive interval training) can slow your ageing by almost 10 years on a cellular level. It also increases blood flow, moving oxygen and critical nutrients throughout your body, leading to a more youthful appearance.
7. Establish and Maintain a Good Routine.
Of course, there are also steps you can take to help reverse damage to your skin, but obviously, it’s much easier to take preventative steps that’ll stop your skin from being damaged in the first place.
Adding a suitable skincare routine into your day to day life can help with this. We recommend using a generally cleanser and exfoliant, as well as using appropriate treatments and serums for your own personal skin type and needs.
8. Limit Your Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself every now and then, because both alcohol and caffeine can have certain health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. However, if you overindulge, it can cause chaos on your skin.
Both can dehydrate your body and rob it of key nutrients. What’s even worse is that some of these effects can even be permanent.
Start taking care of your skin now, to ensure you reap the beautiful benefits in the future.
Beauty is a sprint, not a marathon. In fact, sometimes it can even be a slog jog or a brisk walk. If you have any questions concerning your skincare or your general health, we are here to help you answer them. Get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help you reach your goals.