It’s an undeniable fact of life - everyone grows older and everybody’s skin ages. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to put up with deep wrinkles, a dull complexion and sagging skin. Not everybody ages at the same rate, which is partly down to genetics and partly to lifestyle factors, but, with a good skincare regime and a healthy lifestyle, you could rejuvenate your skin and knock years off your age without resorting to surgical procedures.
Some would argue that water is the ultimate anti-ageing product as dehydrated skin looks far older than it really is. The natural ageing process causes the skin’s oil glands to work less effectively, leading to dry, depleted skin and wrinkles, so drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin from the inside and moisturise daily to keep it hydrated from the outside. Not only will drinking plenty of water help to keep your skin plump and supple but it will flush out toxins for a rejuvenated, glowing complexion.
Maintain a good skincare regime
Follow a simple three-step regime of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising and your skin should glow with health. 1) Find a good cleanser that suits your skin type and cleanse twice a day - at night to remove dirt and make-up and to allow active ingredients in your night moisturiser to deeply penetrate the skin, and in the morning to wash away excess sebum and dead skin cells accumulated during the night. 2) Exfoliate once or twice a week to rid the skin of dead cells which otherwise would lie on the surface of the skin, giving you a dull, grey complexion and slowing the rate of skin cell turnover. 3) Moisturise your skin after cleansing and exfoliating to keep it well hydrated, supple and smooth and use a separate eye cream for the sensitive eye area. Make sure your day cream contains an SPF of at least 15 to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays.
Not only is regular exercise essential to overall health, it improves the tone of your skin too. Cardio work that causes the heart to pump improves blood circulation, which will give your complexion that healthy, rosy, youthful glow. The increased blood flow will also nourish cells, providing them with the oxygen and nutrients vital to keep them working, and carry away waste such as free radicals.
Up your antioxidant intake
There is no overstating the benefits of antioxidants. Their role as free radical scavengers and stimulaters of the production of collagen keep skin looking vibrant and youthful and slow the ageing process. Choose foods rich in antioxidants, such as nuts, beans and berries, and invest in a skincare product containing powerful antioxidants like MitoQ.
Stress isn’t only bad for our emotional and metal wellbeing but can manifest itself in your skin too. It may affect the lipid barrier function, leading to dull, dry or dehydrated skin and heightened sensitivity. The resulting redness giving the skin an uneven tone and texture and a lack of radiance.