There are many products in the market purporting to make your skin look younger. But no anti-ageing cream, exfoliating wash, age-defying makeup, or herbal remedy is more powerful than the lifestyle steps each woman can take to keep her skin looking smooth and healthy for as long as possible.
Aside from genetics, there is no other skin-ageing factor beyond your control.
Wrinkles come in forms and shapes, some are Static, meaning that this type of facial lines are always visible, even when all the muscles on your face are in resting mode.
Premature ageing and skin thinning are the most significant contributors to Static wrinkles as skin that has thinned and stretched prematurely loses its bounce following both ageing processes.
Dynamic wrinkles affect people of all ages, even young children. Sometimes called “laugh lines,” dynamic wrinkles appear temporarily when a muscle contracts, causing the overlying skin to crease like an accordion. You will see dynamic wrinkles only when you smile, raise your eyebrows, or otherwise animating your facial expression.
Research indicates that about 90 percent of skin changes that begin in your 30s and 40s stem directly from “photo-ageing,” or the cumulative effects of exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. Simply put, UV radiation from the sun damages the DNA of skin cells.
To make matters worse, the thinning of the Earth’s protective ozone layer is believed to be amplifying UV radiation levels. It takes many years before enough microscopic damage accumulates to create wrinkles and other visible skin changes.
Try to avoid sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest.
Apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above on all exposed skin, 30 minutes before going outdoors even if it is an overcast day. Remember, UV light penetrates clouds and can still harm unprotected skin.
Wear makeup (i.e., foundations and lipsticks) that contain sunscreens with SPF 15 or above Dieting.
Cyclical, significant weight loss and gain, also known as “yo-yo” dieting, stretches the skin, causing it to lose its elasticity. It makes the skin more vulnerable to wrinkling and sagging under the force of gravity. Try to stay within 2 or 4 kilograms of your ideal weight, and avoid fad or crash diets.
It’s no secret that smoking ages people quicker on the inside apart from running the risk of causing lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and an array of other health problems.
Despite the severity of smoking, fewer people take heed of the dangers that come with smoking. As if that was not enough, smoking accelerates your aging. Chemicals ingested from cigarette smoke blocks tiny blood vessels in the skin, causing severe reduction of oxygen and nutrient supply to delicate facial tissues.
Every time you smoke, blood-vessel in your skin gets constricted for up to an hour from the time that cigarette has been snuffed out. When you take that into years of smoking, the oxygen and nutrient deficiencies cause the skin to wrinkle prematurely, lose its natural bounce or elasticity (the ability to “bounce back” after being stretched).
Therefore If you are a smoker, do not be surprised that over time, you begin to show a greyish pallor. To make matters worse, repeatedly pursing your lips around a cigarette hastens the formation of fine vertical lines around your mouth.
In a sense, the skin has a “memory.” If it is repeatedly folded in the same way by muscle contractions, permanent static lines will eventually form. This is common in people who smile broadly and those who scowl a lot. So try to become aware of undue tension in your facial muscles and to make a conscious effort to relax your face.