As we grow older, natural aging causes thinning of the epidermis and a reduction of blood flow to the skin. While it is not possible to turn back the clock, with a little extra help you can stave off those first signs of aging by following some simple lifestyle tips.
Experts recommend introducing anti-aging skin care products between the ages of 25-30. At this point in life, the skin’s production of collagen and elastin begins to slow, forming the first signs of aging in the form of fine lines and crow’s feet. Sun worshippers may find they need to begin earlier in life. As we age, our levels of estrogen fall, causing drier, duller skin. By using a good moisturizer and eye cream from early on, we can help to minimize these signs of aging.
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Experts recommend applying anti-aging creams in the evening, rather than the morning. The rate of cell regeneration increases at night, and certain skin care ingredients take advantage of this process so they actually work better overnight. Some active ingredients, such as vitamin C, will not function to their potential when exposed to sunlight, so are best used in night creams.
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Stay out of the sun
The top cause of wrinkles is sun exposure, so limit this risk by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Try to avoid strong sunlight between 11am-3pm when there is a higher risk of sun damage.
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The second most common cause of excessive wrinkle formation is dehydration, so it is essential to drink at least 2 liters of water every day to maintain hydration and elasticity of the skin.
A balanced diet rich in foods containing anti-oxidants can help to stave off the effects of aging on the skin. Opt for nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and olive oil to boost your intake of ‘healthy fats’.
Quit the habit
Smoking reduces the blood supply and nourishment to the skin, causing it to lose its radiance, moisture and elasticity. Tell-tale wrinkles around the mouth from inhaling add to the aging effect, along with a graying complexion.
Stress and sleep deprivation cause the body to produce excess cortisol, a stress-related hormone that works to break down skin cells. This thins the skin and results in a tired-looking complexion that appears dull, lackluster and prematurely aged.
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