Truth be told, nobody wants to age. What if I told you there’s something that you can do to reverse ageing effects on your skin or to look younger and it doesn’t involve surgery?
You can look 10 years younger naturally by doing a couple of tweaks to your lifestyle, diet and products that you use.
Ageing is a natural process that we all go through, but for many men and women who desire to look as young as they once did, it can be a source of anxiety. So here are a few anti-ageing hacks you can incorporate:
Get Enough Sleep
The body produces more proteins that fuel cell growth and repair while sleeping, including collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body and a key component of healthy, youthful-looking skin. This cellular repair process requires deep sleep in particular.
“Stress hormones and lack of sleep truly break down collagen and accelerate ageing,” says Dr Angela J. Lamb, the Director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice and an Associate Professor of Dermatology.
Drink your water
Increasing water your water intake levels can really do a lot of good to your skin. Water can help your skin look less flaky, drab, and grey. Most dermatologists recommend people take 8 glasses of water daily.
Dehydration causes your skin to become inelastic and vulnerable to injury, according to studies. Water, rather than other beverages, can help keep your skin’s collagen in good shape.
Avoid rubbing your eyes
If you rub your eyes often, you may end up stretching out the skin and damaging its collagen bonds. Rubbing your eyes can cause the tiny blood vessels to break, and result in puffiness or even crow’s feet before you should have them.
Because our skin works to shield us from dangerous ultraviolet radiation, we should apply sunscreen to protect ourselves from these harmful rays. Our skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays even on cloudy days, which can cause skin cancer, discolouration, and wrinkles over time.
“Wear sunscreen: It is the best way to help keep your skin looking young and healthy,” says Dr Lamb.
Smile and laugh often
“Similar to above, just smiling, good relationships and pure joy help make you look younger. It has been proven,” says Dr Lamb. There’s a biological basis for this: laughing improves blood vessel function and reduces stress, two important factors that can help you seem younger.
Try doing some facial exercises
By carrying out regular facial exercises, you promote the circulation of blood to the different areas of the face, thus replenishing the oxygen supply in the muscles and the skin. This will result in a bright complexion and beautiful healthy glow, as well as help with skin tightening.
Manage your stress levels
You want that amazing skin, well it’s time to stop stressing. Stress causes changes to the proteins in your skin and reduces its elasticity. This loss of elasticity can contribute to wrinkling formation. Stress may also lead to repeated furrowing of your brow which may also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
Balance your calorie levels
“Basically, when you combine protein and sugar or protein and fat like in a deep fried doughnut, french fries or barbeque ribs and you’re actually combining all that sugar with the protein you create sticky proteins. They get sticky and start clogging everything up like in the eye, artery, glands and it’s going to make your skin look very old very fast.” Says Dr Berg a chiropractor.
Add more vitamins to your diet
Vitamin C accelerates the production of both collagen and elastin, which help keep the skin plump and firm. Topical vitamin C can help prevent premature ageing of the skin, restoring a youthful, smooth appearance to the skin. Skin is made up of saturated fats and protein. So according to Dr Berg a chiropractor you should be eating cholesterol and saturated fats which is the exact thing they tell you not to eat. If you starve yourself of fats, your skin will definitely age.
Drink more tea
There are many research studies that show that both drinking green tea and applying it topically can have benefits for your skin. Not only can green tea and green tea extract help with acne and help your skin look younger, but they also have the potential for helping to prevent melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.
By Faith Mudoga,