Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, and skin becomes drier and mottled with age spots.
Even the bones in our face gradually shrink so the skin is not supported as well, and as a result, makes it sag.
While we can’t do anything about this loss of volume, we can certainly improve our skin’s tone and texture with a solid skincare routine, intelligent ingredients, and a healthy lifestyle.
I have been a clinical specialist for over 20 years and have concluded that virtually everyone can look years younger without surgery through preventative measures. You don’t need a facelift, eyelid lifts, or fat injections to take a decade off your appearance.
So join me, as I reveal an easy and straightforward plan that almost anyone can follow to achieve this.
1. Apply your ABC ingredients every day – without fail
The absolute best routine for combatting the signs of ageing through topical skincare is, in my opinion, the “ABC basics” and targeted products to address signs of ageing :
Vitamin A: This important Vitamin regulates skin process, works on collagen production, strengthens blood vessels and increases cellular turnover, which becomes sluggish as we age. Using a prescription-strength Vitamin A formula, such as Vitamin A complex, will help with all of those. Vitamin A derivatives actually promote cellular turnover in the skin, which can make you look younger naturally.
Vitamin B: This is the Vitamin that goes to work on the pigmentation levels and increases immunity of the skin, which decreases with age. Vitamin B also increases our ceramide levels, so your skin looks more dewy, hydrated, and increases your skin’s surface’s structural integrity, so you don’t have flaky, dry patches.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is important for the skin repair and renewal that minimises scarring and rebuild collagen. It is a potent antioxidant, protecting skin during the day from UV light and environmental toxins.
2. Make antioxidants your new best friend
Antioxidants help your body defend against free radicals, the tiny molecules that damage your body by attacking healthy cells, which can make them age much quicker. This is why nutrition is important for healthy skin. Eating foods like leafy greens and colourful fruits and vegetables will give your body antioxidants to help defend against these free radicals and prevent signs of ageing.
3. Lay off the sugar
There are critical dietary factors that are scientifically proven to affect the way we age. Current research has now proven that glucose and fructose present in common foods we consume daily, directly affects the collagen and elastin proteins in our skin. Eating too much sugar can kick start the process of glycation, which stiffens protein fibres in the skin, producing and accelerating the formation of wrinkles. If you cut down your sugar intake, you will notice your skin becoming firmer and less dry.
The actually is a condition referred to in the industry as sugar face, which you can read all about here.
4. Use Hyaluronic Acid products to combat dehydrated skin
Like the collagen and elastin fibres found in your skin, the intercellular glue that holds these fibres in place also undergoes age-related changes, meaning the distribution of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as Hyaluronic Acid, changes as well.
The amount of Hyaluronic Acid found in the deeper layers of your skin, the dermis, starts to diminish as early as our forties. This loss, along with a compromised barrier, is most likely the cause of dehydration and loss of structure, contributing to altered elasticity in ageing skin. H₂O Hydrating Complex is the perfect antidote for this, helping to combat topical dehydration in the skin.
5. Topical Ceramides and Lipids restore the integrity of your skin
In addition to dehydration in the dermis, studies have shown a reduction in the moisture content of the outer layer of skin, the Stratum Corneum, due to a reduction in the lipids as we age. This results in an inefficient ability to bind and retain water, making skin less pliable and undermining the skin’s integrity, causing inflammation and sensitivity – which leads to the appearance of fine lines and scales. Fortunately, regular application of ceramides and lipids can rebuild the barrier and alleviate this problem.
6. Applying caffeine topically helps to reverse signs of ageing
Research has found that caffeine can slow down the effects of ageing. Caffeine can actually protect your body from consistent inflammation, which happens as we get older. Therefore, caffeine could actually help reduce age-related diseases, such as chronic inflammation, which I believe is at the route of all premature ageing. Although drinking coffee doesn’t make your skin look younger, using skincare products that contain caffeine will protect your skin.
7. Exercise keeps you young
Regular exercise increases blood flow, which carries oxygen and nutrients to your cells, including your skin cells. The increased blood flow also removes those aggravating free radicals. Physical activity additionally aids in reducing stress, which is another huge contributor to the health of your skin and its ageing process. Basically, the proper amount of exercise can knock years off your life mentally and physically; this interesting research explains why.
8. Drink water like your skin depends on it, because it does
The human body is between 45% and 65% water, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that staying hydrated is good for your overall health. Drinking the right amount of water allows the body to rid itself of toxins while simultaneously enabling your organs and cells to work properly. Staying hydrated also replenishes your skin cells, making for clearer, healthier skin. Keep in mind that diuretics such as alcohol will require you to drink even more water. If you’re someone who struggles with drinking enough water to reach your body’s optimum hydration, aim to drink certain amounts by certain times of the day and your skin will thank you.
As you follow these steps to defy the signs of ageing without surgery, keeping The Naked Chemist Truth in mind is important. Many falsely believe that skincare is not a necessity, but rather a luxury. But skin is the largest living organ we have, and its function is to protect us and be the “topcoats” of our bodies. It deserves to be kept as healthy and vital as possible.
It is important to use ingredients that will increase collagen, our internal scaffolding that supports our skin, and elastin production that gives our skin elasticity and stretch. We need to look at melanin production as we age because the skin can develop dark, pigmented lesions, usually due to sun damage or age spots. If we have a more even skin tone, it’ll make you look younger.
Finally, replenish skin with identical ingredients that are missing to maintain a good skincare routine. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture, leading to drier skin and wrinkles. To help this, we need to increase hyaluronic acid levels and ceramide production through the products we use, so our skin looks hydrated and plump.