Getting older is inevitable and many people believe that premature skin ageing is something that is also unavidable. What many fail to realise is the fact that sun exposure accounts for about 90% of the occurence of signs of premature skin ageing. Of course it would not be healthy if we avoid the sun at all cost. We all know that the sun sustains us life.
Preventing Premature Skin Ageing
Wear Sun Protection Always
Signs of skin aging would often appear after years of sun exposure but the more you expose your skin to the sun’s rays the faster would your skin age and show the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes or sun spots. The best way to avoid premature skin ageing is to lather on sunscreen lotion having an SPF 15 daily. During summer time or if one would be exposing themselves to the sun at its strongest hours (between 10 am – 3pm), it is best to use a sunscreen lotion with a higher SPF.
Cut Down on Your Sugar Intake
Unhealthy diets are also responsible for wrinkles. Many people have a diet in high sugar and sugar is also a major culprit of skin ageing. Have you ever heard of the term glycation? Glycation is a body process triggered by high blood sugar levels. Glycation damages the collagen in the skin which leads to not just wrinkles but also skin sagging. Before nibbling on food products check its sugar content and at best minimise consumption of sugary foods.
Start Quitting Smoking
Researches have shown that smoking is a notorious enemy of our body. It can cause cancer and heart disease. It also triggers skin aging. The smoke from cigarettes can irritate the skin. It also deprives the skin of oxygen and its needed nutrients. If you have been smoking, you should start quitting now. Start cutting down on the sticks you smoke per day until you reach that day when you no longer would light a stick.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated from Within
Hydrating the skin both in and out is key to healthy and beautiful skin. Drink plenty of water (at least 8 glasses) a day and munch on fruits that have high water content such as watermelon. Doing so will ensure that a healthy moisture level in your skin is maintained.
Hydrate Your Skin from the Outside
A great moisturiser to moisturise the skin from the outside is the Moroccan Argan oil. The Moroccan Argan oil is packed with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and Sterols which help lock in moisture. Vitamin E and fatty acids are known to prevent and reduce signs of skin ageing. Other nutrients found in the oil that wards off signs of skin ageing are Ferulic acid and Polyphenols.
Antioxidants and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Packed Diet
To prevent premature skin ageing it is best to include foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Of course, you should strive for a balanced diet but make sure that you include these 2 nutrients in your daily meals. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the skin keeping it supple and hydrated while antioxidants fight free radicals which cause wrinkles and fine lines. Oily fish, flax seeds are great sources of Omega 3 while berries are packed with antioxidants.