Easy Lifestyle Habits for Anti-Aging
Aging is one of those pesky, unavoidable processes that we must all undergo. We can still choose to ignore the first few wrinkles that appear in your early thirties, but as the years go on and the wrinkles become deeper and more obvious, and the sagging skin just gets heavier, and no serums work, we start to panic.
As much as aging is a natural process that everyone goes through, we still can’t shake off the feeling of dread that our once-supple skin will become dry and brittle, and our face begins to droop and crinkle. Call it vanity, but society has also conditioned us to value the fresh youthful glow of our twenties, and skincare brands advertise twenty-somethings with no pores and tight, unaged skin to market their serums and products, promising us an image that we can never attain…
Inculcate These Habits
If you’re someone who doesn’t like the idea of your skin aging but are also on a budget, this article is for you! We understand that the most effective aging processes are very expensive, but if you simply want to upkeep and prevent your skin from aging too rapidly with easy methods, we will detail some of them in this article! These methods are most effective as preventive measures for younger years, but they will also definitely be beneficial for more mature women.
1. Always wear sun protection
Invest in a good sunscreen and you will not regret it! Sunscreen is extremely important because ultraviolet (UV) rays are the most damaging for your skin. UV rays are always present, even on a seemingly cloudy day, so you have to wear sunscreen at all times even when the sun is not blazing hot. UV rays have free radicals which basically pull electrons from skin cells and hence cause irreversible damage to the proteins, which is how the skin ages very quickly. Get a good, dermatologically-approved sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and try to find one with active minerals like zinc oxide. Apply it every morning after your skincare, and think about it as a part of your skincare routine as it directly protects your skin!
2. Give your skin a collagen boost!
Collagen is what all mature women look for in a skincare product. The abundance of collagen in the skin is the most obvious way to tell that your skin is still young. Collagen is a protein that gives skin firmness, suppleness, and elasticity. Sadly, after you hit twenty the body’s collagen production decreases by 1% every year and it pretty much stops after you turn forty. There are lots of products and procedures to stimulate collagen production, but we can also take supplements to give our body a collagen boost! Look for hydrolyzed collagen peptides, these supplements can be absorbed by the body and enhance the skin’s cell turnover, which in turn stimulate the cell’s fibroblasts which are what produce collagen and elastin. This will hence improve your complexion and make the skin more firm and supple.
3. Use a chemical exfoliator
Chemical exfoliants, as the name suggests, use chemicals to dissolve the upper layer of dead skin cells. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are very efficient chemical exfoliants, and some examples are glycolic acids and lactic acids. There are also beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid which causes a chemical disintegration of the skin’s top layer of cells which unblock the pores. By dissolving the top layer of dead skin cells, the skin texture is improved and will also speed up the absorption of your skincare products, improving their efficiency.
4. Add some healthy sources of fat to your diet
Fats are not to be avoided, you just have to pick the healthy options! Healthy fats are crucial for maintaining your skin as they are used for cell regeneration and growth, as well as strengthening the cell membranes which are necessary for fighting against sun damage. Healthy fats also add moisture to your skin and hair. Some of the best sources of healthy fats are also very delicious and full of other nutritional qualities, like chia seeds, olive oil, eggs, nuts, and salmon.
5. Apply your skincare right after a bath
The timing you apply your skincare can also make a difference in the effectiveness and efficiency of your products. The best time to do so is right after you take a shower when your pores are open. Especially moisturizer should be applied right after so that all the hydration and moisture is locked into the skin. Your skin might dry out if you wait too long after you shower, so do it when the skin is nice and moist and soft!
6. Add some Vitamin C to your skincare
Vitamin C is one of the most potent ingredients for your skin. It works amazingly well as a topical treatment and is a very common ingredient in many anti-aging serums. Vitamin C can do lots of things, including fighting the free radicals that damage skin and cause aging. Add a Vitamin C serum to your routine to experience benefits like even skin tone and a brighter complexion. It can also help to fade any spots and pigmentation, and boost the production of collagen and elastin! It is definitely one of the best things you can use for your skin to keep it fresh and glowing!
7. Get on a retinoid/retinol
Vitamin A derivatives come in the form of retinols and much-stronger retinoids, and both are incredibly effective in improving your skin texture and tone. What they do is repair the damage done by the sun to your DNA and it also accelerates the rate at which your cells regenerate and grow, all of which help your skin look bright by getting rid of the dead skin cells that build up and cause dryness and dullness. You can get retinols from skincare brands, or go to a dermatologist and get prescribed a retinoid. Do take note that retinoids and retinols can cause some irritation on first use, so use it once a week then build up as your skin gets used to it. And use it at night before you sleep so you do not experience irritation during the daytime.
These are all habits you should incorporate into your lifestyle to prevent aging from occurring too soon! Your skin needs conscious maintenance from young, even if you are blessed with good genes, aging happens to us all!