Premature ageing – it can add years to your age.
The quest for the fountain of youth is the holy grail of the skin care world.
But before you reach for that pot of expensive cream, read these 101 anti-ageing tips first.
Which are guaranteed to help you maintain a youthful, glowing skin, for now and many years to come.
How to Prevent Premature Ageing
Your Skin as Internal Scaffolding
Below the skin’s surface, a rich network of fibres exist, giving it structure and shape.
1. Skin contains fibroblasts, cells responsible for making collagen and elastin.
2. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue; it keeps skin plump and line-free.
3. Collagen supports the body’s tissues, providing strength and firmness.
4. 80% of the dermis, the skin’s second layer, is collagen.
5. Elastin gives skin stretch and bounce.
6. Collagen and elastin are plentiful in young skin, but it breaks down as we age.
7. The subcutaneous fat layer cushions and protects, keeping skin plump and healthy.
8. UVA radiation breaks down collagen.
Antioxidants help to break down damaging free radicals that cause a cycle of destruction on the skin, GLO Antioxidant Complex is the perfect choice, helping to eliminate particles that build up on the skin on a daily basis.
So, how can we keep these structures in place?
A combination of sunscreen, cosmeceuticals, and treatment procedures will keep skin youthful and firm.
9. Cut down on sugar – it causes protein fibres to become stiff and malformed, known as AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products).
12. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing will give skin a boost.
13. The stress hormone, cortisol, can break down collagen, so try to manage stress levels more effectively.
Your Skin, the Manufacturing Plant
Skin is an amazing, multidimensional, interactive system of information.
It is made up of human skin cells and molecules which continually communicate with each other.
14. Every minute of every hour, skin synthesises chemicals so the body can stay healthy.
15. Your skin sheds around 50,000 cells a minute, helping to keep it youthful.
16. Skin repairs itself while you sleep, giving cells and collagen longevity.
17. Skin converts sunlight into Vitamin D, keeping it healthy.
What Can You Do to Improve the Manufacturing Process?
18. Feed your skin with pure nourishing ingredients, to encourage cellular renewal.
19. Exfoliate regularly; this will remove the build-up of dead skin cells.
20. Regularly use a body brush, to promote cellular turnover and stimulate sluggish toxins.
21. Don’t cheat on sleep; it’s not called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing.
Your Skin Prevents Premature Ageing
22. Skin contains Telomeres, an essential part of a cell’s DNA which determines how cells age.
23. A rich network of vessels supply blood to the skin’s surface, keeping it youthful.
24. The skin’s surface has a natural moisturising factor, which prevents dry skin and fine lines.
25. Skin contains ceramides; natural anti-ageing oils that keep skin supple.
26. Skin has a regular supply of oxygen, giving it a youthful glow.
How Can You Encourage this Natural Process?
27. Ceramides decrease as you age, so use a formula rich in lovely oils.
28. Use products with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water.
29. Skin thins with age; regularly applying an oestrogen cream will help to prevent thinning skin.
30. Exercise regularly; it brings a healthy supply of blood to the surface.
31. Quit smoking! Skin needs oxygen to be healthy. Smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day over a decade will make your skin thick and leathery.
Your Skin, the Body Guard
Skin is the first line of defence against potential invaders.
It plays numerous roles, warding off premature ageing and keeping the body working effectively.
32. It is a barrier to the outside world, blocking UV rays.
33. It is coated in the acid mantle, which defends against bacteria, free radicals, and ageing.
34. Skin contains keratin, a protein that plays a dual role; preventing water from evaporating from the surface, whilst also preventing cells from drying out.
What Can You Do to Boost Your Barrier?
36. Keep the acid mantle intact by avoiding the use of astringent products.
37. Avoid harsh exfoliants that can create tiny micro tears in the skin.
38. Moisturise twice daily, to prevent dryness and fine lines
40. Avoid soap as it upsets the skin’s pH, stripping the face of protective oils.
41. Spray body oil on your skin whilst damp; it helps to lock in moisture.
42. Only use natural or organic formulas, to keep skin healthy.
43. Avoid the use of chemicals. Because of their chemical structure, they break down slowly; building up in our fatty tissues, potentially doing unforeseen damage in the future.
Your Skin, the Sponge
Skin has a semi-permeable membrane that absorbs around 60% of what you put on it. You can encourage absorption by introducing the following:
44. Incorporate vitamin C in your skin care routine, to stimulate collagen.
45. Apply antioxidant ingredients that mop up the free radicals responsible for ageing.
46. Layer your products; an anti-ageing serum under a moisturiser will give skin an additional boost.
47. Use cosmeceuticals at night, when the cells are repaired and skin goes into renewal.
Your Skin and the Sun
49. Your colour and ability to tan is designed to protect you from photo ageing.
50. 95% of wrinkles are due to UV rays, so use a daily moisturiser with SPF.
51. Be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, in order to prevent premature ageing.
52. Age spots are sun spots as a result of too much UV radiation, so be sure to follow safe sun practices.
53. Use SPF on your hands, as it is one of the first places to get age spots.
54. Avoid using the controversial ingredient hydroquinone to lighten your skin.
55. Naturally treat sunspots on skin to prevent detrimental side effects.
56. Don’t rely on makeup for sunscreen – it won’t block UVA radiation.
57. Don’t ignore your neck; it needs just as much protection as your face.
58. Wear a hat and glasses whilst driving, otherwise you may get car window syndrome. This can cause one side of the face to become significantly more damaged then the other.
59. Follow this link, to visually see what the sun does to your skin.
Your Body is a Temple
You really are what you eat.
Your skin is an intelligent organ, responding to the food you eat, water you drink, air you breathe, and the products you use.
60. Store up on calcium in your 20’s because as you age, bone mass rapidly declines.
61. Reduce your salt intake; it can collect in the skin, making it appear puffy.
62. Take fatty acids regularly, which will help to keep skin soft and supple.
63. Cut back on coffee; it contains acids, which can cause sensitivity.
64. Stay away from processed food and red meat; it can prematurely age organs.
65. Eat a plant-based diet for skin and heart health.
66. Eat plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, to ward off damaging free radicals.
67. Skin is the last organ to receive water, so topically hydrate with a hydrating spray to prevent skin cells from drying out.
68. Keep teeth white and healthy; it enhances your skin tone.
69. Regularly drink antioxidant green or white tea, to ward off free radicals.
70. Avoid that sweet tooth; glycation is one of the biggest causes of ageing.
71. Cut down on alcohol; it has a detrimental effect on skin causing inflammation, bloating, and even dehydration.
72. If you’re partial to drinking soda, you may want to think again! Soda contains high levels of phosphates, which leads to premature ageing.
Tips for Younger Looking Lips
Lips often feel dry because they don’t have an oil-producing epidermal layer.
73. To keep your lips looking smoother and younger, regularly apply an emollient lip balm.
74. If you have fine lines above the lips, you may be low in oestrogen. Counteract this by using an oestrogen-rich cream that will help to enhance them.
75. Too much sun can break down collagen, creating vertical wrinkles around the mouth, so regularly apply an SPF.
76. For all you smokers, the long-term action of puckering lips can lead to deep lines around the mouth, so quit while you’re ahead.
Younger Looking Eyes
It goes without saying that your eyes are the focal point of your face, so you need to keep them healthy.
77. Thin, delicate skin, poor blood flow, and even environmental factors, can all contribute to visible changes and premature ageing around the eye area.
78. Subcutaneous fat is low around the eyes and it becomes less plump with age. It is also sensitive to facial movements. All of this contributes to wrinkle development, so be sure to apply an anti-ageing cream.
79. Skin around the eyes is only 2 mm thick, so avoid tugging and rubbing this area.
80. It’s not enough to tap your eye cream just along the orbital bone – make sure you apply it all the way to the lower lash line and then out towards the temples. Just use a pea-sized amount, otherwise it can cause puffiness.
81. An antioxidant-rich eye cream will help to destroy the free radicals that gobble up skin’s collagen supply.
82. Use a high SPF with your eye cream to avoid crow’s feet, and always wear sunglasses.
83. It may be time to get your eyes checked if your fine lines are caused by squinting due to vision problems.
84. A complex formulated with Vitamin C will help to reduce the signs of ageing caused by free radicals. It also helps to strengthen collagen proteins in the skin.
85. Hyaluronic acid combined with Vitamin C in an eye formula will not only help to prevent fine lines, it will also bind moisture to the skin cells, keeping dry skin around the eyes visibly hydrated.
86. An anti-ageing eye complex of Hydrolysed Rice Bran Peptides combined with Soy, is showing promising results in reducing puffiness and dark circles. It improves micro-circulation, increases oxygen supply, and prevents blood from stagnating in the blood vessels.
87. Antioxidant extracts in an eye formula will provide protection against UV damage and oxidative stress.
If you’re concerned with under eye bags, the article, “Ingredients that Treat Dark Circles Under Eyes“, is an interesting read.
The Doctor’s Fix
Whilst I prefer to recommend a more natural route, I do appreciate that everyone is different, which is why we have put together this quick fix list:
88. A hyaluronic acid filler, such as restylane, can be injected into lip tissue to add body to thin lips.
89. Collagen fillers help to define the borders around the mouth and fill in thin vertical lines.
90. If thin lips really are a concern, implants can provide permanent lip augmentation.
91. Fraxel laser light can help to plump and lift the delicate area around the eyes.
92. The Hyaluronic filler Belotero helps to reduce the sunken look caused by hollowness under the eyes.
93. The muscles that support fat in the lower eyelid becomes misplaced with age, leading to bulging muscles around the eye. Eye surgery can restore lost fat; tightening the muscles and preventing bags.
94. Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting procedure that uses ultrasound to boost sagging skin on the face, neck and brows.
95. PicoSure laser is a great option for rejuvenating delicate skin around the eyes.
96. Treat your skin to a light chemical peel, to reduce crepeness and intensity of fine lines.
97. Phenol peels may be an option if you require help with softening wrinkles or reducing scars.
But these peels do need to be treated with respect, because the deeper the peel, the more chance of scarring.
98. Laser resurfacing is becoming more popular then phenol peels; energy light is used to bore tiny holes into the skin in order to stimulate collagen production and improve lines and wrinkles.
99. If you are concerned with lines on the forehead or around the eyes, a Botox treatment will help to relax the muscles, helping to make skin visibly younger.
100. If sun damage is a concern, fractional laser can help to lighten pigment clusters in the skin. Combined with the topical drug Amniolevulinic acid, this treatment has a very high success rate.
101. A non-invasive skin tightening treatment, known as Thermage, uses radio frequency to help improve wrinkles and prevent premature ageing.