You’re drinking two litres of water a day, you’ve kicked your smoking habit and made it a sunscreen one, but there are still more ways to combat the onset of ageing that you might not have previously tried.
Try these simple steps to fight the clock.
1. Eat Your Sunscreen (Well, Not Literally)
Rule number one: never surpass wearing broad spectrum SPF on your face which fights against UVB and IVA rays. Rule number two: eat your sunscreens! Not literally, but certain foods are renowned for increasing lycopene, the skin’s own natural SPF. An antioxidant found in tomatoes as well as other red and orange fruit and veg, it can enhance your sun protection factor by a massive 33%.
One of the ultimate sources is tomato paste – think pasta at the beach (they did it in Rome, it was called a fagottari). Green tea also contains caffeine which is thought to reduce skin cancer risk. If you are thinking of something a bit sweeter, consider dark chocolate as it is full of flavonoids which help protect against sun burn. All these delicious foods will fight the risk of skin cancer as well as the onset of ageing. Anti-wrinkle injections work wonders, but only when completely necessary.
2. Move Around More
Exercise is amazing for your skin, just as it is for your body. It releases a compound called IL 15, which fights cell death. Canada’s McMaster University conducted a skin study which revealed that participants who took part in only two cycling sessions a week for three months reported their skin looking decades younger. Isn’t that a great reason to get on your bike and ride?
3. Facial Massaging
These are natural anti-wrinkle injections. You can take a minute or so each night to massage in your skincare products, which in turn aids you in lifting your facial muscles. Simply do circular motions with your fingertips in opposite directions using each hand. This breaks down the pattern of tension and encourages elasticity, helping prevent tissue degeneration.
4. Cut Down on Sugar
Sugar-rich diets accelerate the process of glycation which ages the skin. “Glycation is when excess glucose from the blood-stream binds to skin’s ‘youth proteins’ (the collagen and elastin that makes youthful complexions appear so plump and doughy) and instead turns them brittle and stiff,” says Mica Engel of London’s Waterhouse Young Clinic. The caramelisation process says goodbye to abby faces. Swap your sugary goods for anti-ageing antioxidants like avocados, green juices and dark berries.
5. Skin Quench
“With age, skin’s ability to hold water decreases and dehydration is common,” says Dr Joe Cincotta of Time Bomb Cosmetics. This means the skin looks flat, allowing lines to appear. This is when it needs to be quenched with moisture-retaining skincare as well as regular drinking water.
6. Regular Exfoliation
You want to encourage shedding of dead skin cells. Young skin is smooth and more easily reflects light whereas older skin tends to be rougher, refracting light. Therefore, regular exfoliation is important for maintaining radiance as well as a bright and youthful glow.