There are so many different products and treatments available that promise to assist with the slowing down or eliminating the ageing process but even though something new pops up every day there is no need to get confused by everything on offer…
Today Dr. Maureen Allem from Skin Renewal is sharing her Top 10 Anti-aging tips which you can choose to action starting today! These are lifestyle changes that she believes will help to combat the ageing process and I for one am only too keen to take her advice as anti-aging gospel….
Top 10 Anti-aging Tips
1. Protect your skin from the sun
Sun damage is the number one enemy to young looking skin. The sun causes 80% of photo-aging. Only 20% is hereditary. Damage to the skin is mainly done BEFORE the age of 20, which is why it’s so NB to use sunblock on our children and teens! A sun tan produces deep wrinkles, leathery-textured skin and brown pigmentation spots. Use a daily moisturizer combined with a broad spectrum sunscreen and if you really want a tan – fake it!
2. Quit smoking
If you haven’t already, then stop smoking if you want to protect your skin from premature aging. You may not be able to completely reverse the damage smoking has done to your skin but you will stop the damage getting worse. Smoking reduces levels of collagen in the skin. The tell-tale signs of a ‘smoker’s face’ is dull, grayish, dry skin, increased wrinkling around the eyes and puckering wrinkles around the mouth. Is this really what you want for your skin?
3. Eat fresh food
For maximum anti-oxidant protection eat fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains which are high in anti-oxidants. Add green tea to your daily diet which provides natural anti-oxidants. It also helps the body to burn abdominal fat.
Exercise is good for the skin as it increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Exercise will also give you more energy, build muscle mass, increase blood flow to your skin, help prevent high blood pressure, strengthen your bones and raise your metabolic rate.
5. Exfoliate & moisture
Exfoliate your face at least twice a week to ensure that fresh skin is soaking up your moisturiser. Choose a daily and nightly moisturiser with high doses of retinol, hyaluronic acid and peptides that work to reverse the aging process.
6. Take an anti-aging supplement
Boost your anti-oxidant intake with a daily supplement. Go for one with high levels of Omega 3, Ubiquinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These two wonder vitamins work together to restore collagen in your skin. The Omega 3’s maintain the structure and fluidity of cells and moisturise the skin from within.
7. Drink lots of water
Hydrate your skin from within. If you want to look younger you need to make sure that you drink enough water as it is an essential part of your anti-aging regimen. Skin cells need water or they will dehydrate and essential anti-aging nutrients cannot be delivered to your system.
Getting enough sleep is very important for vibrant, younger looking skin. While you sleep your body releases growth hormones which stimulates cell turnover.
9. Stop stressing
High levels of stress can prematurely age you. People with fluctuating emotions tend to age earlier than those with more stable moods. Stress is a feedback mechanism to make you aware that your perceptions and emotions are unbalanced. Reduce the aging process by maintaining emotional stability, consistency and a moderate lifestyle. Practice deep breathing and stretching.
10. Start non-surgical intervention early
Use small quantities of Botox and dermal fillers at the first sign of a wrinkle or furrow. It will prevent the wrinkle from forming any further and will stimulate collagen production in that area. Early, small quantities of Botox and filler will alleviate the need to use major quantities in your forties, fifties and sixties.
Dr Maureen Allem is a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic and integrative anti-ageing medicine and procedures. She is also the Founder and Medical Director of Skin, Body & Health Renewal and the Oasis Spas.