The quest for the fountain of youth is the holy grail of skincare.
And premature ageing can add years to your age.
But before you reach for that pot of expensive cream.
Here at the Naked Chemist, we love focusing on pro ageing
That’s why we have put together 101 exhaustive tips.
To help you ward off premature ageing for now and many years to come.
Preventing Premature Ageing
Your skin has Internal Scaffolding
Below your skin’s surface is a rich network of fibres, giving it structure and shape.
1. Skin contains fibroblasts that are responsible for making collagen and elastin.
2. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue; it keeps your skin plump.
3. Collagen supports your body’s tissues, providing strength and firmness.
4. Research (1) has found that around 80% of your skin’s second layer of the dermis is collagen.
5. Elastin gives your skin stretch and bounce.
6. Collagen and elastin are plentiful in young skin but break down as we age.
7. The subcutaneous fat layer cushions and protects, keeping skin plump and healthy.
8. UVA from the sun is the leading cause of ageing, breaking down your collagen.
Antioxidants help to protect your skin from ageing free radicals, and nectar antioxidant balm is the perfect choice for neutralising these free radicals, helping to keep premature ageing at bay,
Keep These Structures in Place
Combining sunscreen, cosmeceuticals, diet, and treatment procedures will keep your skin youthful and firm.
9. Cut down on sugar; it causes protein fibres to become stiff and malformed, known as Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).
10. Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection for full spectrum coverage.
12. Gentle lactic chemical peels will help boost your skin.
13. The stress hormone cortisol can break down collagen, so manage stress levels more effectively.
Your Skin, the manufacturing plant
Skin is a unique, multidimensional, interactive information system of human skin cells and molecules that continually communicate with each other.
14. Every minute of every hour, your 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. Your Skin repairs itself while you sleep, giving cells and collagen longevity.
17. Your Skin converts sunlight into Vitamin D to keep it healthy.
Treat Your Skin Well
18. Feed your Skin with pure nourishing ingredients to encourage cellular renewal.
19. Exfoliate regularly with gentle beads of lactic acid to 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 anything.
Your Skin Naturally Prevents Ageing
22. Skin contains telomeres, an essential part of a cell’s DNA, determining how cells age.
23. A rich network of vessels supplies blood to your skin’s surface, keeping it youthful.
24. The surface of your skin has a natural moisturising factor, which prevents dry skin and fine lines.
25. Your Skin contains skin-identical ingredients, so replenishing them topically as you age is essential.
26. Your Skin has a regular oxygen supply that gives it a youthful glow.
Encourage your Skin’s Natural Process
27. Ceramides decrease as you age, so use a replenishing formula rich in these essential ingredients, such as fortify barrier repair cream.
28. Use products with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water.
29. Your Skin thins with age; regularly applying an oestrogen cream will help to prevent thinning skin.
30. Exercising regularly boosts blood supply to your skin’s surface. Incorporating ice baths and saunas and alternating between hot and cold into your routine whilst aiding the delivery of nutrients to the skin cells to promote overall skin health.
31. It is best to avoid smoking, as your skin needs oxygen to be healthy, and smoking reduces oxygen to your lungs. It can also make your skin thick and leathery.
Your skin, the bodyguard
Your skin is the first line of defence against potential invaders.
It plays numerous roles, warding off premature ageing, bacteria, and infection, generally keeping your body working effectively.
32. It is a barrier to the outside world, blocking UV rays and pollution
33. The acid mantle maintains the correct pH and balances the delicate microflora, keeping your skin healthy.
34. Your Skin contains keratin, a protein that plays a dual role, preventing water from evaporating from the surface and preventing cells from drying out.
Boost Your Barrier Function
35. Regularly apply topicals containing missing skin-identical ingredients, like lipids, in our Xcell barrier repair complex.
36. Keep your acid mantle intact by avoiding using astringent products.
37. Avoid harsh exfoliants that can create tiny micro-tears in your skin.
38. Use a well-thought-out moisturiser like fortify barrier repair cream to prevent dryness and fine lines
39. Our barrier repair balm will help to heal your protective barrier.
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 to lock in moisture.
42. Keep your Skin hydrated to prevent premature ageing.
43. Avoid harsh ingredients, like surfactants and alcohol, that irritate your skin and cause inflammation.
Your Skin, the sponge
Your 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 into your skincare routine to stimulate collagen.
45. Apply antioxidant ingredients that mop up the free radicals responsible for ageing.
46. Layer your products; using an anti-ageing serum under a moisturiser will give your skin an additional boost.
47. Use cosmeceuticals at night. It is when your cells are repaired, and your skin renews.
48. Nourish your Skin often with oils rich in fatty acids, such as raspberry oil and macadamia.
Your Skin and the Sun
49. Your colour and ability to tan are 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 broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent premature ageing.
52. Age spots are sunspots due to too much UV radiation, so 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 the skin to prevent detrimental side effects.
56. Don’t use makeup for sunscreen; it won’t block UVA radiation.
57. Don’t ignore your neck; it needs 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 than the other.
59. If your skin is sensitive, use an SPF 20 or lower, as chemicals in sunscreen can cause inflammation.
Your Body is a Temple
You are what you eat; your skin is intelligent, responding to the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, and the products you use.
60. Store calcium in your 20s in your body because bone mass rapidly declines as you age.
61. Reduce your salt intake; it can collect in your skin, making it appear puffy.
62. Take fatty acids regularly, which will help to keep your skin soft and supple.
63. Cut back on coffee; it contains acids, which can cause sensitivity.
64. Avoid processed food and red meat; it can prematurely age organs.
65. Eat a plant-based diet for your skin and heart health.
66. Eat plenty of vitamins and antioxidants to prevent damaging free radicals.
67. Skin is the last organ to receive water, so topically hydrate with a hydrating spray to prevent your skin from drying out.
68. Keep teeth white and healthy; it enhances your skin tone.
69. Regularly drink antioxidant green or white tea to prevent free radicals.
70. Avoid that sweet tooth; glycation is one of the biggest causes of ageing.
71. Cut down on alcohol; it harms your 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 Lips
Your lips deserve the same protection against premature ageing as the rest of your skin; lips often feel dry because they don’t have an oil-producing epidermal layer.
73. To keep your lips looking smoother and younger, apply an emollient lip balm regularly.
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 smokers, the long-term action of puckering lips can lead to deep lines around your mouth, so quit while you’re ahead.
Younger Looking Eyes
Your eyes are the focal point of your face, so you need to keep them healthy.
Wrinkles, dark circles, and bags under your eyes can make you look older than your years, so look after this delicate area.
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 your eyes and becomes less plump with age. It is also sensitive to facial movements. All of this contributes to wrinkling development, so apply an anti-ageing cream.
79. The skin around your eyes is only two mm thick, so avoid tugging and rubbing this area.
80. It’s not enough to tap your eye cream along the orbital bone; apply it 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 the skin’s collagen supply.
82. Use a high SPF with eye cream to avoid crow’s feet, and always wear sunglasses.
83. It may be time to check your eyes to see if the 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 your skin.
85. Hyaluronic acid combined with Vitamin C in an eye formula will help prevent fine lines and bind moisture to the skin cells, keeping dry skin around the eyes visibly hydrated.
86. The Skin around your eyes is thinner than anywhere else on the face, so it requires added protection – so wear sunglasses when going out in the sun
87. Antioxidant extracts in an eye formula will protect against UV damage and oxidative stress.
If you’re concerned with under-eye bags, the article “Ingredients that treat dark circles under eyes” is beneficial.
The Doctor’s Fix
Whilst we prefer to recommend a more natural route, we do appreciate that everyone is different, which is why we have put together this quick fix list:
88. Hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane, can be injected into the 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 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. Hyaluronic filler helps to reduce the sunken look caused by hollowness under the eyes.
93. The muscles that support fat in the lower eyelid become misplaced with age, leading to bulging muscles around the eye. Eye surgery can restore lost fat, tightening the muscles and preventing bags.
94. Ultherapy (2) 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 an excellent option for rejuvenating delicate skin around your eyes.
96. Treat your Skin to a light chemical peel to reduce sagging skin and the intensity of fine lines.
97. Phenol peels may be an option to help soften wrinkles or reduce 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 than phenol peels; energy light is used to bore tiny holes into the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve lines and wrinkles.
99. If you are concerned with lines on your forehead or around the eyes, a Botox treatment will help to relax the muscles, helping to make skin visibly younger.
100. The fractional laser can help lighten skin pigment clusters if sun damage is a concern. Combined with topical aminolevulinic acid, this treatment has a very high success rate.
101. A non-invasive skin tightening treatment known as Thermage uses radiofrequency to help improve wrinkles and prevent premature ageing.