Without a doubt, your lifestyle affects the rate that aging occurs. Every cell in your body needs to be nourished and fed with nutrients. Your body needs water too, as your liver and kidneys rely on it to help them eliminate toxins.
Drinking alcohol, smoking and too much sugar and fat in processed foods all add to your body's toxic load and also starve your body and skin of oxygen. This has a long-term effect over the years, weakening the skin, which results in inflammation and skin sensitivity (redness), pigmentation, and a loss of collagen.
That’s not to say you can never have a glass of wine or eat a piece of cake. The key is to counter some of these lifestyle factors with good habits that’ll keep your skin looking younger and healthier for longer.
These anti-aging tips could be your new best friend when it comes to subtle tweaks for a big difference.
Anti-aging tips for younger-looking skin
1 Take the right beauty supplements
Because your skin is the largest organ in your body, it requires a steady supply of nourishing vitamins and minerals daily to stay strong, supple and healthy. Sometimes, it’s just not possible to get enough nutrients from food alone.
The good news is that studies have shown that taking the right supplements, particularly those rich in antioxidants can help to reduce the signs of aging, boost hydration levels and most importantly – help the body to fight free radical damage caused by factors such as UV rays and pollution.
Our ageless skin VITAMINS are packed with antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients including resveratrol, co-enzyme Q10 and hyaluronic acid, plus a full range of vitamins that all work together to replenish, hydrate, and protect your skin.
2 Get more sleep!
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing. Getting enough shut eye is a powerful anti-ager. A study from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in the US found that those who slept well had better skin overall, with fewer signs of aging.
3 Stick to a good skincare routine
Dead skin cells that sit on the surface of the skin can make it look dull, but the good news is that regularly exfoliating the skin creates a smoother surface.
Don’t forget to wash all your make-up off first, before exfoliating – and finish with a nourishing moisturizer. A moisturizer’s job as the last step of your skincare routine is to keep the barrier function strong and intact, sealing moisture in and helping keep pollutants out.
4 Include vitamin C in your skincare regime
A dose of vitamin C in your skin creams and supplements will help to brighten your skin tone, rev up cellular turnover and reduce pigmentation.
5 Treat sagging with collagen
As we age, collagen and elastin, which keep the skin ‘springy’, start to deteriorate, and the skin-plumping fat pads under our eyes and in our cheeks shrink, with the result that skin begins to 'go south'.
To avoid this, aim to limit sun exposure, smoking and alcohol which accelerate sagging. Retinoid-based skincare also helps to stimulate collagen production. Another way to give your skin the boost it needs is to replenish lost collagen with a good-quality collagen supplement.
Our beauty infused COLLAGEN is an all-in-one beauty drink mix that’s packed with the purest form of hydrolyzed collagen on the market, plus a range of antioxidants and superfoods to give your skin a boost and help your hair and nails grow.
6 Always apply sunscreen with a good SPF
No matter where you live if you’re not using an effective sunscreen, 365 days, even on a cloudy day, your skin is being damaged within the first minute of unprotected sun. Make sure to apply a good sunscreen (with at least a factor 30) liberally or you won’t be getting enough of the protection of the SPF on the label.
7 Eat plenty of skin-friendly foods
- Vitamin C-rich fruit and veg, such as citrus fruit, strawberries, peppers, broccoli and potatoes, can help to protect skin from free-radical damage.
- Lean protein in foods like seeds, nuts, beans, tofu and chicken helps to build and repair the skin.
- Healthy fats, such as omega-3 found in flaxseed and salmon allow the skin to maintain elasticity and prevent inflammation.
- Vitamin E-rich foods like almonds, avocado, sunflower seeds, spinach, asparagus and peanut butter help to keep skin glowing thanks to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Food sources of beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, help lessen signs of ageing. Good sources include starchy veg, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and squash and green vegetables like spinach.
8 move your body
Regular exercise not only increases blood flow and helps the body produce more collagen, but it also helps to rid the body of excess toxins and waste products, while oxygenating the cells. The bottom line? Aim to get moving for a minimum of 30 minutes at least three times a week.
9 Drink enough water
You’ve heard it time and time again, but water really is essential for life, and your skin! Water is key to preventing dehydration, clearing acne, and reducing puffiness and inflammation. It’s a good idea to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, more if you’re exercising regularly.
10 Stress less
We know this is easier said than done, but if good skin is what you’re after, it’s important to minimize stress in your life. Why? Because being stressed out can cause havoc with your skin. Stress causes a chemical response in the body that can make your skin more sensitive and reactive. In fact, stress can exacerbate acne, rosacea, eczema, skin rashes and cold sores.
To reduce stress, focus on a few key relaxation techniques such as getting enough sleep, meditating for 20-30 minutes a day, deep breathing, yoga, going for walks or having a warm bath with essential oils and candles.
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