When it comes to anti-ageing it’s a multi prong long term project
Ageing is inevitable that everyone must deal with, and unfortunately no one can completely stop it from happening. With multiple signs that your skin is ageing and thousands of products on the market that claim to be 'anti-ageing’, it’s time to address ageing not with quick fix solutions but as a long term multi prong project.
Lifestyle, nutrition and beauty choices are all interconnected, having a holistic approach to ageing is the healthiest and most sustainable way of attaining lasting beauty, preventing and reducing fine lines, wrinkles and overall wellbeing.
If you think of your skin as a shield that protects you from the outside world, then it should come as no surprise that your skin will be the first part of your body that begins to show visible signs of the ageing process. Far from miracle creams, injections and surgery, the ‘secret’ to ageing gracefully involves much more of a common-sense approach.
Not the quick fix that you’re hoping for, follow our tips and tricks to not only help you age gracefully but make you feel younger too.
Start from the Top
Research suggests that 77 percent of women don't feel like themselves when they have a bad hair day. Getting the right haircut can go a long way to make your face look younger, consider your face shape and what you’d like to highlight or prefer to hide. Use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to combat brittle and thinner hair, side effects brought on by hormone changes.
Nourish Your Body from the Inside
A balanced diet high in coloured fruit (blackberries, raspberries and blueberries) and vegetables will nourish your body with the highest concentration of antioxidants and phytonutrients to keep your skin looking younger. Load up on leafy green veggies, citrus fruits and juices, dried peas and beans to decrease the risk of dementia, depression and cognitive decline. Cook with coconut oil, a beauty fat option that promotes glowing skin. Indulge in “good fats” avocados and almonds, to attain Vitamin E.
Drink at least 8 glasses a day, add slice of lemon or lime to help flush out toxins whilst boosting your Vitamin C.
Add probiotic supplements and probiotic food (dark chocolate and fermented veggies) they not only increase healthy bacteria in the gut but stimulates collagen production, hydrating your skin and reducing fine lines.
Live Healthy for Good Skin!
The simplest of anti-ageing secrets: Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep, while you sleep your body repairs itself, releasing a growth hormone that helps to restore collagen and elastin – essential for healthy and youthful skin.
The opposite of sleep, stress is the root of all evil. Too much stress increases blood pressure, affects sleeping habits causing you to age prematurely. Take time and treat yourself to some "quiet time" every day. It will nourish your body, soul and relieve a lot of stress.
Breathe deeply and exercise! Swedish researchers found that life expectancy of golfers is five years longer than the rest of the population. Exercise can be anything that causes your heart to beat faster, such as cardiovascular or strength training. An excellent way to give serotonin levels a boost, flush out toxins in your skin, combating the effects of the stress hormone cortisol by releasing “happy” endorphins.
A Natural Path to Optimal Skin
Love the skin you’re in
Commit to a skincare routine and apply it twice a day, every day, without fail. Use natural plant-based products containing active ingredients to fight free radicals, combat the ageing process whilst improving your skin’s structure. If you’re worried about toxins and chemicals, download ‘Think Dirty’ app it helps you figure out exactly what you're slathering on your face, lips, bod (and then washing down the drain) as easy as snapping a picture. Take time out with regular facial treatments to increase cell renewal whilst improving your skin’s tone, clarity and overall health.
Shed the dead
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate to keep skin glowing. If you’re looking for an exfoliating treatment with anti-ageing benefits, then look no further than facial peels. Not only does the fruit acid exfoliate dead surface cells, it’s fantastic for blemishes and scarring, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles for instantly smoother and brighter-looking skin. Safer and more natural than a chemical peel, comfortable, affordable and quick with the sessions taking less than 30 minutes each time.
Protect Your Skin from the effects of the sun
While there are many factors that can affect the health of your skin, the primary cause of premature signs of ageing is repeated (and unprotected) exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV-related damage starts to form in your skin within 15 minutes of being out in the sun and accumulates over time. An accumulation of sun damage in the skin can lead to various signs of premature ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation (AKA age spots) to skin cancer. Make sure you apply natural sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, avoid the midday sun, wear a hat when possible, and protective sunglasses to stop you squinting.