Over time, the inevitable effects of age will cause our skin to sag and become less elastic. To minimize or slow the effects of ageing, good skin care together with healthy lifestyle choices are necessary. So here are some tips to help!
1. Protect yourself from the sun
Prolonged exposure from the sun can cause wrinkles, blemishes, age spots and other skin problems, and also increases your risk of skin cancer. For your most complete protection, use a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or more and ensure that your daily moisturizer contains sun protection.
2. Avoid smoking
Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin. This hinders blood flow in the area and depletes the skin of important nutrients. Also, the nicotine in cigarettes damages the fibers that are responsible for strength and elasticity of your skin.
3. Treat your skin gently
Cleansing and shaving can damage the skin. To keep it gentle, limit bath time, avoid strong soaps (use milder ones with a pH close to 7), moisturize your skin at least once a week, shave carefully and pat dry your skin after washing or bathing.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help keep your skin radiant and fresh. It is recommended to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. There is an association between acne and diet, so research suggests that eating foods rich in vitamin C and foods low in fats, processed foods and refined carbohydrates can rejuvenate the skin.
5. Manage stress
Prolonged stress can make the body produce higher levels of the stress hormone called cortisol. This can make your skin more sensitive and can possibly trigger acne breakouts and other skin conditions. Manage your time well and find time to relax.