We all strive to age well and gracefully, preserving a youthful disposition and accepting our fete. But as much as we know it’s going to happen, nothing quite prepares you for finding that first grey hair or rascally wrinkle - the idea of aging suddenly becomes a reality!
We all strive to age well and gracefully, preserving a youthful disposition and accepting our fete. But as much as we know it’s going to happen, nothing quite prepares you for finding that first grey hair or rascally wrinkle – the idea of aging suddenly becomes a reality! Time flies and there’s not much we can do about that. Thankfully, there are a few age-busting things you can do to refresh and repair your skin and body, and fight those telltale vintage indicators. So, until you stumble across the elusive fountain of youth (and please tell us if you do), here are a few weapons to keep up your sleeve that may help reduce the physical effects of aging.
What lifestyle and environmental factors cause us to look old?
It’s not just your age that ages you. There are several lifestyle and environmental factors that can cause your skin to begin to deteriorate – often prematurely.
- Sun damage: The sun is a major perpetrator in skin damage – and us Aussies love our sun. As ‘healthy’ as golden brown skin looks, every time you suntan your skin, you’re aging it faster than it would have naturally.
- Smoking: All smokers know they should stop. Apart from the obvious major health concerns, smoking will lead to fine lines around the mouth, and can cause a sallow and dull complexion.
- Diet: A poor diet high in sugar and refined carbs can greatly accelerate the signs of aging. Alcohol consumption is also rough on your skin. It can dehydrate and damage skin cells – and leave you looking older.
- Lack of exercise: If you’re not on the move your circulation and general immune system may suffer – which can bring you down from the inside out.
What can you do to help reduce the signs of aging?
Ensure a healthy balanced diet
Increase the H2O intake and keep alcohol and sugary processed food consumption to a minimum. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and ensure you’re getting healthy levels of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to fuel your body well, and help it heal tired and damaged skin. Vitamin C is crucial for healthy skin. A powerful antioxidant, it fights free radicals and oxidative anxiety that can cause skin degeneration. It also encourages collagen production – the skin’s natural ‘botox’ responsible for strength and elasticity. Vitamin C therapy with a high dose of Vitamin C and minerals can help boost the immune system, and improve the appearance of your skin, hair and nails; among other benefits.
Exercise well and do activities that make you happy
All those lovely natural feel good chemicals that are released as we exercise are champions at gifting the skin with a more radiant and youthful appearance. Remember if you’re out in the sun to wear protective clothing and a good sunscreen. Do more of the things that make you feel happy. Stress and worry can affect your health overall. A happy face is a more radiant, contented and youthful face.
Have a skin-tight skincare routine suited to your skin
Dare we say it; but you may need to change up your skin care products to reflect the condition of your skin. Look for products high in retinoids which can help plump your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A regular topical peel will help promote skin cell turnover for a more smooth and even tone.
Cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin every day, so it always feels smooth and hydrated. Stay away from harsh chemicals and any products that make your skin feel dry or irritated. Exfoliate every week or so to remove dead cells, and give yourself a lovely massage during your daily care routine to awaken your cells and relieve tension and strain.
Give your skin some therapy
If your skin is still looking ‘meh’ it may benefit from collagen-boosting cold therapy. Proven to reduce internal and external inflammation, a cryotherapy-facial – known as a Cryo facelift uses pressurised liquid nitrogen vapours on your face and neck to decrease the size of your pores. The cold temperature triggers the body’s natural responses, stimulating collagen production and improving circulation. Following a cryofacial, your skin will be feel refreshed and rejuvenated; and those pesky fine lines and wrinkles will begin to fade. Take THAT age.
Good health, wellness and acceptance
While there are a number of other age-busting tricks that we haven’t mentioned here (sleep on a silk pillowcase…love that one..) it’s important to remember there’s no single miracle cure. Looking after your body, mind and skin is the best way to hold on to your youth, happiness and overall health. Give yourself a good regular pampering with the anti-aging skin treatments you most love, and be kind to yourself. Lines are a sign of a life being lived; and that’s a good thing.