There are many causes of ageing skin, some we cannot help, others we can influence.
Unfortunately, we are not able to change the natural ageing process. In due time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is all part of the natural process for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. As we get older our skin becomes thinner and drier. Ageing is largely controlled by our genes, the medical term for this type of ageing is ‘intrinsic ageing’.
Follow these simple steps to help your skin:
We are able to influence another type of ageing that affects our skin. The environment and lifestyle choices we choose can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of ageing is ‘extrinsic ageing’. There are some things we can do, take some preventative actions, so we can slow the effects that this type of ageing has on our skin. Continue reading to find out what skincare tips you can take at home to help slow down the ageing of your skin.
Protect your skin from the sun every day
Whatever you spend your days doing, when you are outside you should always have sun protection on your skin. You can also protect your skin by covering up, wearing sunglasses, wearing a hat, seeking shade and more. When it comes to suncream, you should be protecting your skin with an SPF that is 30 or higher.
Every time you sit in the sun and get a tan, you are prematurely ageing your skin. This applies to sitting in the sun, laying on a tanning bed, or other indoor training equipment. All of these emit harmful UV rays that will accelerate how quickly your skin ages, so taking precautions will help aid in making your skin stay looking younger for longer.
If you smoke, STOP!
Smoking greatly speeds up the ageing process of the skin. Long term effects cause wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
Avoid repetitive facial expressions
We all do it, but by doing so, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscle for many years, these will turn into permanent lines. Wearing sunglasses will help reduce the cause of wrinkles and lines that are caused by squinting.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
For years studies have suggested that eating enough fruit and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin ageing. This is a helpful and easy tip to help prevent ageing skin.
Drink less alcohol
Alcohol is always known to be rough on the skin. It damages the skin by dehydrating it, and in time damages the skin. Thus making us look older.
Exercise when you can
To give yourself more chances of having that youthful appearance for longer, moderate exercise on a weekly basis is shown to improve circulation and boost your immune system.
Cleansing your skin gently
Although we may think that scrubbing our skin helps remove unwanted dirt and exfoliates our skin, this is too harsh. Using a gentle cleanser and micro-scrub is enough to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating it. Harsh cleansing irritates your skin and accelerates ageing.
Apply moisturiser every day
Moisturiser traps water in our skin. Therefore, giving it a more youthful appearance and preventing our skin from ageing so soon. Try using a product specific to boosting collagen and elastin.
Skin products that burn or sting
STOP using them. A burning or stinging sensation from skincare products means your skin is irritated. Constantly using products that irritate your skin will age you and make you look older. Try using a soothing skincare product if you do suffer from skin irritation.
All of these are at home helpful skincare tips, some may not apply to you but don’t let that put you off. By following these 10 useful skin care tips to help prevent or slow down ageing, you should notice a difference in your skin’s appearance and you will stay looking younger and fuller for longer.
Even if you think it is too late already to benefit from these steps to prevent ageing, think again. You can benefit from making the slightest of lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you are giving it a second chance to repair some of the damage.
If signs of ageing skin bother you and affect your self-confidence, you may want to see a dermatologist. There are new treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin, and improving your complexion giving you younger-looking skin. If you would like to enquire about our skin consultation services please call 02085981200 to talk to us.
If you wish to find out more about skin ageing or skincare tips in Dagenham or any other services that we offer, please contact us today on 07949 501 777, or check out our website Laser Light Skin Clinic for details on treatments that we have to offer.