Ways to Revitalize Your Ageing Skin
You can’t stop the years from passing, but you can ward off the effects with some commonsense skin care and the right mix of dietary supplements. Whether you fight the occasional fine line or just a dull complexion, it is possible to look younger without going anywhere near a plastic surgeon. Consider some simple tricks to get your skin young and radiant once again.
Start Taking the Sun Seriously
Tanning is an even bigger no-no once you get older. Time in the sun fast-forwards ageing by making fine lines appear more prominent and increasing the number of ugly brown spots. What can you do, though? Staying indoors all the time is hardly an option.
Start by using broad-spectrum protection. Today, many lotions and makeup products come with SPF filters that help protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. This will keep you covered during your day-to-day activities like going to work or to the grocery store. Apply a sunscreen lotion to your face and body if you know you are going to be outside for several hours, like when you are heading to the beach, golf course or out for a run.
Add another layer of protection by wearing a hat that shades your scalp and face whenever possible. Remember, there is more at stake here than just looking young. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.K., and the number of cases is rising exponentially. There are currently around 13,000 cases of malignant melanoma each year, according to the BBC, but that number was closer to 1,800 in the mid-70s.
Shift Your Focus to Antioxidants
In part, ageing skin is the victim of free radical oxidation, but antioxidants help combat this process and prevent further damage. You’ll find antioxidants in foods rich in vitamins C and E like citrus fruits and even dark chocolate. If you go the sweet route, look for chocolate with least 70 percent cacao to get the most benefit. You can also get antioxidants from dietary supplements that contain vitamin C.
Get More Sleep
Poor sleep habits take their toll on the skin over time. Chronic fatigue increases the amount of cortisol produced by the body, and high levels of this hormone break down the collagen in your skin, eventually giving you wrinkles.
Keep a consistent schedule when it comes to sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night, and set the alarm in the morning to make sure you get up around the same time each day. Don’t sleep in on your days off to avoid disrupting your schedule.
If you are having problems sleeping, try increasing your activity level. Regular exercise usually improves your sleep habits. If you have trouble staying asleep, try a supplement that contains Valerian or switch to melatonin if you are not sleepy at bedtime.
Cortisol is a stress hormone, so finding ways to relax will help, as well. Take that yearly holiday to relieve stress and look into relaxation techniques like yoga. Dietary supplements or teas that contain ginseng are a practical choice for stress relief, too.
Step up the Moisture
Moisture becomes more important as you age, especially for women experiencing menopause. Look for products that contain glycerin and hyaluronic acid. These substances pull water into the skin. Look for lanolin in the ingredients as well, to seal in that moisture. Try applying olive, sunflower or coconut oil to your body while your skin is still wet from the shower to keep it soft and supple.
For a bonus, make a hydrating mask for your face using things you have in the kitchen. Mix 3 tablespoons cream, a half of an avocado and a squirt of honey in a blender until smooth and then apply the concoction liberally to your face. Leave the mask in place for about 30 minutes before washing it off.
Take Your Vitamins
Healthy skin starts on the inside, so make sure you are getting these essential vitamins and minerals either from food or in a dietary supplement.
- Vitamin A – Aids in skin repair and maintenance
- Vitamin B Complex – Improves hydration and enhances your glow
- Vitamin C – Reduces wrinkles, enhances skin textures and helps fight damage from the sun
- Vitamin K – Helps reduce discoloration, like those dark circles under the eyes
It’s the combination of a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and effective supplements that make your skin look and feel younger, whether you are 18 or 80.
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SheKnows, Natural Ways to Revitalize Your Skin, Sara Megginson, June 2013
Skcin, Skin Cancer in the UK: The Facts
VeryWell, 3 Herbal Supplements for Stress Relief, Cathy Wong, ND, April 2016
BBC News, Skin Caner Rates Surge Since 1970’s, April 2014
Writer Bio: Darla F. is a full-time freelance writer and healthcare professional who specializes in helping agencies meet their goals by developing creative and engaging content.
- Darla Ferrara