Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. It’s caused decreased collagen as well as weakened skin and gravity. But aging is accelerated by everyday stress, years of neglect and bad habits. The good news is, you can delay the inevitable. Read our list below to learn how you can delay skin aging:
Eat Healthily and Cleanly
You can eat your way to healthy skin. We recommend removing junk foods and fast foods in your diet. Eliminate simple carbs, sugars, processed foods and sodium from your diet too!
Replace them with organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat loads of high-quality protein from fish, nuts and poultry. These foods contain omega-3 fatty acids that keep the brain and heart healthy. This beneficial fat also restores skin clarity and youthfulness! Lentils, whole grains, and healthy oils also offer a fantastic range of skin-friendly benefits. If you must use oil, we recommend canola, olive or coconut oil. These oils are low in monosaturated fat and are good for the heart!
Work Out Regularly
We cannot stress this enough, exercise will keep the skin younger-looking! Apart from toning the skin, toxin buildup is excreted through perspiration. You don’t have to spend the whole day in the gym to workout. Working out 30 minutes six times a day is enough to see the amazing difference on your skin. Try it! If you’re too busy to work out, we recommend walking or using the stairs.
Get Enough ZZZs
Sleep deprivation will lead to dull, irritated skin. It will also cause hyperpigmentation leading to eye bags. Every night, the body has to repair itself and remove damaged cells. If the body is not given enough time to repair itself, it will show on your face!
The lack of sleep also increases the cortisol level in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that destroys skin cells. So getting enough zzzs every night is a must if you want to prevent premature aging!
Maintain Your Skin
From using a sunblock to keeping your twice-per-month facials, you have to ensure that your skin at its best all the time. You don’t have to get the expensive treatments to look youthful. Drink plenty of water, wear your everyday sunblock and moisturize day and night – all these steps will help delay the signs of aging.
In addition, exfoliate twice per week. Use gentle, non-abrasive face scrub to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation helps reveal the clearer, younger-looking skin underneath.
It’s no coincidence that you break out when you’re stressed. Your skin reacts to the influx of stress hormones that flood the body. The lack of sleep coupled by vices could accelerate wrinkles and sagginess. If you can’t avoid stress, learn how to cope. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and a good massage after work are great ways to de-stress!
Smoking and alcohol drinking could speed up aging. Smoking and alcohol destroy skin cells, enhance oxidative stress and break down skin tissues. Smoking cuts the oxygen supply of skin cells while alcohol leeches out moisture from the skin layer.