We sometimes forget to best anti-aging tips are how to delay aging… This month, my skin guru, Rebecca Treston at Euromed shares some tips on how to delay aging – from within and on the outside. Who ever knew drinking from straws is going to give you wrinkles?
If you want to minimise the signs of aging, there are a few habits you need to master early on. In their 20s, people think they’re invincible and that they’re never going to age, but that is when you really need to develop good habits, because it will last you a lifetime. We all know that the sun can accelerate aging and so the first step to stop aging in its tracks is to invest is a professionally-recommended broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will protect you against aging caused by the sun’s UV rays. Remember no matter what you do to try to stay young-looking, you’re going to lose collagen and elastic tissue, so your skin is going to get saggier. Your skin is going to get rougher, and the pigment isn’t going to be as even. But crucially, all those things get worse with sun damage. Skipping sunscreen is the biggest mistake you will ever make. Of all the anti-aging creams and treatments you can buy, sunscreen is the most inexpensive and effective route. So, you’ll want to get in the habit of wearing SPF 30 every day. Also, don’t skip the neck (and hands). A lot of the time, I see people with a young-looking face and old-looking hands and neck, because while they paid acute attention to their face they forgot about their hands and neck. These three areas are chronically sun exposed, so whatever you do for your face you also want to do to your hands and neck.
Another must-have weapon in the aging battle is a high-quality skincare regime. Rather than buying over-the-counter products that have minimal amounts of active ingredients, make sure you seek advice for an aesthetician who can assess you skin and prescribe a bespoke skincare plan of cosmeceutical products that boast high concentrations of actives to yield optimum results. Eye cream really is worth buying. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, meaning that is where wrinkles will appear first. By your mid-20s, find an eye cream that will restore moisture to that area and ward off crow’s-feet. Sunglasses that protect against UV rays are also a must have for your beach days.
There are also several lifestyle habits that you can adopt in your 20s to ensure you will look younger than your years in the future. Avoid smoking at all costs. We know you might have taken a few puffs in your rebellious teen years, but smoking is a bad skin habit to break ASAP. It restricts the blood supply to the skin, making aging more obvious, and each time you inhale, you’re causing wrinkles around your lips.
It might seem a little trivial but don’t use straws. Any kind of repetitive muscle movement will cause wrinkles, including habitual use of straws that is now almost an hourly occurrence thanks to our penchant for iced coffees, shakes and smoothies.
The A in anti-aging stands for antioxidants. Makeup can cover up a lot of imperfections, but that healthy glow from within comes from a diet packed with antioxidants. While you’re in your 20s, get in the habit of noshing on berries, beans, and kale. Also, be sure to only eat foods in their natural state. Processed foods contain too much chemicals and sugar causing an epidemic of inflammatory diseases such as cancers and diabetes – a nd of course in attention to following a healthy diet, get in the habit of exercising. Exercise increases the blood supply to your skin, making it healthier, and it will show.
Finally, to make sure your skin is in the best possible condition, visit a reputable aesthetics clinic regularly. Rather than having a salon-based facial, an aesthetician is able to assess your skin using cutting-edge technology such as Visia skin analysis and from this, advise on a tailor-made treatment programme that will encompass the most innovative treatments on the market such as lasers, peels and radiofrequency to ensure that you will win the fight against aging!