Protecting Your Skin from the Signs of Aging
Your skin starts to age when you are only in your mid-20s, though you may not see any evidence until your 30's and 40's. Your genes, daily habits, and the sun combine to create changes in your skin such as dehydration, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, your skin has different needs so it's important to be aware that your favourite products may not work as well as they once did. So you can benefit from seeing a trained professional to assess your skins needs and the most appropriate products. Even if you've never really taken care of your skin, now is a great time to start.
Follow these tips to rejuvenate your skin and protect it from the effects of aging:
1.Wear Sun-Screen Everyday
You need sun protection during daylight hours, no matter if it's overcast or you're staying indoors. The sun's rays can pass through clouds and windows, so you're always exposed. Look for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30.
2. Scrub Away Dead Skin
Exfoliate to help your skin glow. Exfoliation is an essential component of any anti-aging skin care regime in order to promote cell renewal and younger, healthier skin.
3. Keep Hydrated!
Drink at least six to 8 glasses of water a day to keep moisture levels high, an important factor in cell renewal and hydrating the skin to prevent wrinkle formation. It also helps to detoxify and remove waste.
4. Eat a healthy diet
Skin must be fed from the inside with all the necessary vitamins and minerals and nutrients. Vitamin A keeps skin healthy and prevents it from becoming dry and flaky. Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen and Vitamin E helps to rehydrate the skin and speed up the healing process.
Take regular exercise, preferably every day to increase circulation and lymphatic flow, which helps to improve skin condition and colour, making skin look younger.
6. Avoid smoking
Cigarettes reduce the necessary nutrients and oxygen required for a healthy skin and cause dull lifeless looking skin. Smoking activates harmful free radicals and weakens collagen and elastin fibres causing premature wrinkling of the skin.
Now that we have some tips on how we can look after our skin, next week I will show you how to create a beautiful skin care routine to help feed your skin from the outside- in.
Tegan Napoli is Live Well's resident beauty and skin care expert. She is available by appointment on Saturday's for consultations to help with your skin care concerns.