Anti-aging must haves - what the experts recommend you do
Everybody likes to look young, why else would there be so many different methods, anti-aging products and surgeries that are targeting people who want to fight the effects of aging. A great way of keeping yourself looking young and healthy is to make sure that you start looking after your skin as soon as possible.
With that in mind, here are some top tips to help fight the effects of aging on your skin.
Wear sunscreen every day
A Beverly Hills based dermatologist named Harold Lancer once said that “the only time you don’t need sunscreen is when you need a flashlight to see”. This may seem excessive, but the sun can still damage your skin even when it’s cloudy.
When choosing an everyday sunscreen, it’s important to select one that is at least SPF 15 and is broad spectrum, meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen can provide either a physical or a chemical barrier to the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens are more likely to irritate you skin or causing allergic reactions, so when choosing a sunscreen, you should look for one with titanium oxide and zinc oxide.
There are so many different types of sunscreens out there, so it may take some trial and error to find which one is right for you. With consistencies ranging from the thick, gloopy mixture that you normally associate with sunscreen to a much lighter consistency, there is a sunscreen out there that’s right for you.
Throw out the cigarettes
The negative health impacts of smoking are so well documented that mentioning them all would feel like reciting a broken record. Another reason to quit though (as if you needed anymore!) is that smoking is bad for your skin.
Smoking accelerates aging, so much so that smokers look almost a year and a half older than non-smokers. This is because it causes something called vasoconstriction, which is where your blood vessels constrict due to raised blood pressure. This isn’t only incredibly unhealthy for your arteries and veins, but it also causes wrinkles.
Smoking also increases your risk of contracting psoriasis, which is a skin condition that causes red, crusty patches of skin to form that can be itchy and sore.
Your body exfoliates its skin naturally every day. Dead skin cells get pushed to the top layer of your skin and are then shed to be replaced by new cells.
As you get older, your body becomes less effective at doing this, leaving your skin rougher or dull. Using exfoliating products can help to rejuvenate your skin over time.
However, more is not necessarily better when it comes to exfoliation. Some experts suggest that over-exfoliating may actually speed up the process of aging. Symptoms of over-exfoliating can include redness, irritation, tightness and dryness.
It’s worth keeping in mind that your face, neck and chest should be exfoliated more gently than the rest of your body as the skin there is more delicate.
A derivative of vitamin A, retinol can reduce acne in younger users, as well as lines and wrinkles in those with more mature skin. It does this by increasing skin cell turnover, which helps get rid of the older, rougher surface layer of skin. It also increases your production of collagen which can help reduce wrinkles over time.
Vitamin A can be quite irritating to the skin, causing itchiness and redness. When you start using any products that contain retinol we recommend that you start at a low percentage and work your way up, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s also not advised to use retinol if you’re pregnant.
Look after your hands
This may sound like a bit of a weird tip, but it’s worth following! Most people who take care of their skin only focus on their face and neck, but your hands can age faster than your face. Dark spots and rough patches can form as a result of sun exposure, so make sure to rub some sunscreen on the backs of your hands every morning and use an anti-aging cream in the evenings.
Moisturize before your skin is dry
You could have the most expensive moisturizer in the world, but if you’re just slapping it on dry skin then you aren’t getting the most out of it. If you moisturize a couple of minutes after getting out of the shower, you deal in the hydrating effect of the water. Added to that, as water evaporates off of your skin it can take some of your body’s natural moisture with it, leaving it drier than when you got in the shower.
There is no magical solution to keeping your skin young and healthy, but if you follow these tips then you’re giving yourself the best opportunity to have the best skin that you can. Everyone is different, and it can take a while to find the product that is right for you, but keep trying until you find the right combination for smoother, younger looking skin.