Four Ways To Slow Down Your Skin’s Aging Process

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In the twenty-first century, more and more people are aiming to look as young as possible for as long as possible. As far as numbers go, annual spending on anti-aging products in 2015 was 140.3 billion U.S. dollars and is predicted to reach 216.52 billion U.S. dollars for the year 2021. Here are four ways to slow down your skin’s aging process — and you might find that some of the tips presented will help you save money in the long term!

1. Sun Protection

 

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Of all the factors that contribute towards aging skin, sun exposure is the most important (along with other factors like smoking, pollution, diet, and lifestyle). The more you expose yourself to UVA and UVB rays, the more free radical molecules form in your skin and the more your body’s natural oxidation process (think “rusting”) is accelerated. Collagen (which keeps your skin elastic) breaks down, wrinkles form, and your skin becomes tough and leathery.

To make your skin stronger against sun damage and promote repair, eat a diet high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants, and Omega 3 fatty acids. See the top 12 best foods for natural sun protection here. Make sure to keep covered up with long-sleeved clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, SPF sunglasses, and a non-toxic sunscreen whenever you will be outside for more than 10-20 minutes. Prevention is better than cure, and taking these precautions will keep your skin younger for longer as well as protecting you from skin cancer.

2. Healthy Diet

 

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You are what you eat, and this saying is especially true for your skin, the largest organ in your body. Skin is made up of cells, and everything you eat is either nourishing or inflaming and depleting those cells. Dermatologists observe that the worst foods for your skin, and the ones you should avoid to prevent rapid aging, are refined sugar and high GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta, bread, and sweets. Processed dairy and high-hormone animal products have been shown to contribute to acne. The best foods for youthful, clear skin are lean proteins, plenty of colourful vegetables, some fresh fruit (take it easy on the tropical fruit), and healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, and fish.

 3. Quality Skincare

 

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An essential part of an anti-aging program for skin is a skincare routine involving products that nourish and renew your skin from the outside. A healthy diet will go a long way towards keeping your entire body working optimally, but the skin is the furthest organ from the digestive system, and your efforts will go much further if you combine them with topical “skin foods.” A complete skincare regimen includes twice daily cleansing and moisturizing (at the absolute minimum), and you’ll get the best results for slowing down aging if you also tone, treat, and exfoliate.

Just as you would want to avoid chemicals and toxins in your diet, try to use a paraben-free moisturizer, cleanser and toner. Watch out for toxic ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), mineral oil, aluminium, and artificial fragrance as well. An excellent example of a natural skincare product is the moisturizing and healing Virgin Marula Oil, which is straight up oil from the marula tree that is fair trade and wild-harvested. It’s worth investing in natural, quality skincare!

 4. Facials

 

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Finally, regular monthly facials are one of the best ways to keep your skin youthful by stripping off the surface layer of dirt, grime, and dead skin cells to open the pores and reveal the dewy skin underneath. The most effective facials use natural, moisturizing ingredients to hydrate your skin and avoid removing the natural oils that keep your skin healthy while cleaning out blocked pores and increasing cell turnover. Make sure to tell your aesthetician whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin (oily and dry in different parts of your face) so they can choose the best facial for you.

While best anti-aging results are achieved if you start early, it’s never too late to start looking after yourself and your skin with sun protection, a healthy diet, natural skincare, and regular facials to achieve the best skin possible, starting today!

~ Constante Quirino, Associate Editor

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