We all know the most obvious signs of aging are fine lines and wrinkles, but if you have dry, rough skin, loss of elasticity and sagging, you may also need to take precautions! After the age of 20, one percent less of collagen is produced in the skin, this is around the time where it is best to start taking these precautions as it's easier to slow the process of visual signs of aging from appearing rather than treating aging skin. People with fairer complexions are at greater risk of sun damage and so they generally appear to age faster than those with darker skin tones. Although genetics play a part in our skin tone and texture, we can also make lifestyle changes to help our aging process.
Whatever the weather and no matter what your complexion is, always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 20 SPF to protect against skin damage.
Dehydration causes dry and tighter skin, making it more prone to wrinkles. Drinking at least 2 liters of water a day is the most effective way of staying hydrated, also water is needed for essential bodily functions and removing toxins from the body. In conjunction to this, you could also introduce products with hyaluronic acid in them. It has the ability to absorb water about 1,000 times its weight, resulting in plumper skin.
Fruit and veg
Increase your intake of a variety of different fruit and vegetables to consume all the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients inside to help support and protect your skin. Foods particularly high in vitamin C, such as citrusy fruits and sweet potato, are great for aging skin as it increases collagen production.
We're all guilty of having late nights occasionally, but over time lack of sleep can result in eye bags and dark circles, consequently making you appear older. Make a habit of getting an early night to ensure your body has enough time to repair and recharge.
Reduce alcohol intake
Alcohol dehydrates depletes the skin of its nutrients, resulting in duller skin and a decrease in elasticity which causes wrinkles to appear.
Being stressed happens to us all, so don't start stressing about being stressed! Instead, try and find ways to relieve yourself as excessive worrying can take its toll on our skin.
Exercise increases heart rate and gets your blood flowing, this means more oxygen and nutrients are carried around the body, including our skin cells. It can also help carry out toxins and free radicals from the body, maintaining fresh, healthy skin.