As you grow older, your skin gradually loses its elasticity. Combine that with your choice of lifestyle and the environmental factors, the skin ageing process can be even faster. If growing old gracefully is part of your bucket list, you’ll probably have to do more than just your staple cleanse, tone, and moisturise routine to keep yourself looking younger and radiant in years to come. Find out how you can mimic immortality (for your skin at least) with these steps:
1. Upgrade your SPF
Been using a sun protection factor (SPF) 0f 15? Newsflash, you’re preventing just 93% of the sun’s UV rays from burning your skin. Consider upgrading to a broad spectrum, say SPF 30 sunblock for a greater protection. This nudges your level of protection up to 97% and shields your skin from both UVB (which burns) and UVA (which ages your skin prematurely) rays. Now we’re not saying that SPF 15 is totally useless, slather them on if you spend most of your days indoors and is exposed to very little sunlight.
2. Be picky with your products
Ever heard of the phrase ‘you are what you eat’? Well, in this case, your skin’s complexion depends very much on how what you put on it. Now that that’s clear, it’s time to consider the abundant of product out there in the market. Going through all those different labels and ingredients can be confusing enough without you being fooled by pretty and fancy packaging. Stay on the lookout for products that contain as little synthetic chemicals as possible (read: Potential irritants). Opt for a product with more natural, active ingredients on its list. Here’s a tip: bear in mind that the most expensive product on the shelf aren’t always the best for your skin, opt for reputable brands instead.
3. Get enough sleep
We know how much binge-reading after work means to you, but your skin cells regenerate faster while you sleep, which means that not getting enough of that 8-9 hours of sleep will leave you more prone to developing dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. Prolonged sleep deprivation also leads to dry, dull skin. Having trouble drifting off to wonderland? Try reducing your caffeine intake, avoid eating large meals close to bedtime (munch on some nuts instead), and maintain a consistent sleep routine to help you slumber off better.
4. Load up on antioxidants
Aim to eat at least five portions of fresh fruit and veggies daily. Before you complain, know that they provide your body with plenty of vitamins, minerals and fibers, all of which helps to combat cellular damage caused by free radicals. All-time antioxidant champ, Vitamin C, promotes the formation of collagen, the very protein that binds your cells and tissues together, keeping your skin firm. Find foods such as oranges, kiwis, grapefruit, strawberries, bell peppers and broccoli that are rich in Vitamin C.
5. Stub out that cigarette for good
Before you scroll through this one, hear us out. Smoking, or even just spending time with people who exposes you to cigarette smoke, leaves you vulnerable to skin damage that’s equal to you being over-exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Note that cigarette smoke also depletes your body of Vitamin C, which is your biggest ally in keeping your skin plump and moist.
Exercise is a form of medicine. Your skin needs plenty of oxygen to stay healthy, and one the absolute best ways to give them that is to get your heart pumping with regular exercise. Been dragging your feet when it comes to getting yourself to the gym? Pick a sport or form of exercise that you like and you’ll find yourself looking forward for that next gym sesh. Plus, working up a sweat gives your blood circulation a boost, which in turn, makes it easier for you to achieve orgasm during sex. How’s that for an incentive.