Secrets for Looking 10 Years Younger than Your Age
There are some things in life that get better with age like wine and cheese, but our natural ageing process isn’t as kind to us. As we age, we start to see our skin and body change, some of the tell-tale signs of the ageing process in our skin is loss of elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, skin discoloration and sagging skin. If only we aged as well as wine and cheese! Here are some anti-aging secrets that will help you stay looking and feeling younger than your age.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Studies have shown that exercise reduces the signs of ageing skin as it allows for more blood flow, and sweat, which cleanses the pores. It also lowers your blood pressure and improves circulation, both which benefit the skin. We know that restful sleep is the fountain of youth and by exercising regularly, it helps you fall asleep faster so your body can start repairing itself. You can improve your sleep quality by 65% by doing at least 20 minutes of exercise each day.
Exercise also slows cell ageing. People who exercise regularly have significantly longer telomeres than those that have more sedentary lifestyles. Telomeres are pivotal to ageing, they are our biological clock and the protein endcaps of our chromosomes. Each time our cells replicate we lose a bit of the endcaps, so as we age, the shorter our telomeres get.
Adults with high physical activity levels have telomeres with a biological advantage of nine years over those that are sedentary and a seven-year advantage over those that are moderately active. So, if you want to see a real difference in your biological clock, start exercising regularly.
Sunscreen is Key
80% of skin ageing is caused by the sun, it makes you look older that what you are, so sunscreen is the key to looking younger. Sun damage occurs to the deepest layers of skin (dermis), and it can take years before the damage becomes visible. The sun’s rays can take a toll on your skin, in the short term that means sunburn and in the long term that means wrinkles, loss of elasticity, broken capillaries and dark spots, all of which can make you look years older than what you are. There are a few treatments that you can use to reduce the signs of sun damaged skin including laser treatment, chemical peels and tretinoin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily that protects you from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher. Even if you’ve already had damaged to your skin, sunscreen is going to stop your skin ageing more rapidly than it should.
Keep Your Skin Barrier Intact
As you get older, oil production in the skin decreases making your skin noticeably drier and in need of moisture. Not only should you be consuming water to keep you hydrated from the inside but it’s important to apply a moisturiser to restore your skin’s moisture barrier and give it long lasting hydration. Daily moisturising won’t erase wrinkles, but it will trap water in the skin which reduces the appearance of fine lines and makes your skin look brighter, plumper and more youthful.
Eat Food that Boosts Skin Health
Eating the right foods can help you look younger. Did you know that carbs, sugars and even dairy affect your skin? Inflammatory foods break down collagen DNA and can cause adult acne. The best way to take years off, is to fill your diet with anti-inflammatory foods that will help plump up your skin and fend off fine lines and wrinkles.
Watermelon – Full of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, that helps fend off free radical damage and helps reduce inflammation.
Pomegranate – A natural source of vitamin C that helps battle UVB skin damage. It also contains anthocyanin which boosts collagen production.
Capsicum – High in vitamin C that helps with collagen production and sun protection.
Maple Syrup – Contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Rich in monosaturated fats that gives you protection from the sun and helps with wound healing.
Leafy Greens – Packed full of vitamins and minerals including lutein which helps boost skin’s hydration levels and ward off wrinkles and lowers your risk of skin cancer.
Steer Clear of Toxins in Your Diet and Environment
Toxins build up in your body and cause inflammation and make your skin look older than what it is. There are some easy steps that you can take to look younger by detoxifying your skin and body of these unwanted and harmful toxins.
Avoid smoking and being around second-hand smoke. Cigarettes contain over 4000 carcinogens and chemicals that wreak havoc on your skin.
When you drive in heavy traffic with your windows down, you’re exposing yourself to heavy environmental toxins and can expedite the ageing process.
There are many toxins in your diet so try to limit or cut out alcohol, sugars, trans fats and caffeine.
Drink filtered water wherever possible as traces of heavy metals are found in rainwater including lead, copper, zinc and arsenic all of which the body find difficult to metabolise, so the metals build up in your system and long-term exposure can be carcinogenic.
Eat good quality animal products such as antibiotic free, grass-fed, free-range animals, they’re for your body. Research shows that grass fed beef consists of 2 to 4 times more omega-3 fatty acids and linoleic acid than grain fed.
Skin Brightening Treatments
Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing can help you look younger in just a few treatments. These treatments help combat the signs of ageing by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. These are not procedures that should be attempted at home, please see a certified practitioner for all clinical procedures.
Microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells whilst stimulating collagen production in the middle and deeper layers of the skin. A fine tipped instrument or fine mist of abrasive particles exfoliates the skin’s outer layers. This non-invasive procedure takes around one hour for the entire face and there is no down time. Microdermabrasion is ideal for people wanting to improve the appearance of deep lip lines, acne scar and sun damaged skin.
Chemical peels help improve the appearance of aged, sun damaged skin by removing the outer later (epidermis and upper dermal layers) of old skin. Peels can be light, medium, or deep peels, depending on the severity of damage to your skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, and it peels away the damaged skin cells, allowing fresh, new skin to grow in its place that is smoother and less wrinkled in appearance. Chemical peels can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone and can be used on all skin types. The most common chemical peels use are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic acid (GA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s) such as salicylic acid (SA). Tretinoin peels can be used to treat melasma and severe hyperpigmentation.
Laser skin resurfacing uses pulses of high-intensity light to peel away the skin’s damaged outer layers. This procedure can be performed in two ways, one uses rapid pulses of laser light to remove the skin’s outer layers, the other rejuvenates skin by heating up the skin below the skin’s surface. This second method requires longer down time but produces more dramatic results. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people wanting to remove the appearance of deep fine wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
These secrets for looking younger will help you to combat the signs of ageing in your face and take years off your appearance.