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.
Whilst we can’t do anything about this loss of volume, we can certainly improve the tone and texture of our skin with a solid skincare routine, intelligent ingredients, and a healthy lifestyle.
I have been a clinical specialist for over 20 years, and I have come to the conclusion that virtually everyone can look ten years younger without having surgery. You don’t need a facelift, eyelid lifts, or fat injections to take a decade off your appearance. There are many reasons why, including inflammation, risk of complications, scars, and irreversible damage.
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 skin care is, in my opinion, the “ABC basics” and targeted products to address signs of aging:
Vitamin A: This important Vitamin regulates skin process, works on collagen production, strengthens blood vessels and increases cell 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 cell 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 our skin looks more dewy and hydrated, and increases the structural integrity of your skins surface, so you don’t have flaky, dry patches.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is important for the skin repair and renewal that helps to minimise 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 colorful 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 fibers 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.
4. Use Hyaluronic Acid products to combat dehydrated skin
Like the collagen and elastin fibres found in your skin, the inter-cellular glue that holds these fibres in place also undergo age-related changes, meaning the distribution of GAGs, such as Hyaluronic Acid, changes as well. Studies have shown that 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, which contributes to altered elasticity in aging skin. H2O Hydrating Complex is the perfect antidote for this, helping to combat topical dehydration in the skin. It is combined with urea, making it the perfect anti-ageing formula.
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 integrity of the skin, 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 aging. 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 it’s 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.
The Naked Truth
As you follow these steps to defy the signs of ageing without surgery, it is important to keep The Naked Chemist Truth in mind. Many falsely believe that skin care 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 “top coats” 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 the production of elastin that gives our skin elasticity and stretch. We need to look at melanin production as we age because 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 skin care routine. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture, which can lead 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.