We don’t usually make such outrageous claims on Shoppersbase but this advice is just too good to pass up on. Most is commonsense and you may already be doing everything you can to prevent the signs of ageing, but isn’t it great to know you are on the right path! Here we look at three aspects of ageing, your skin, your hair and your body and how to maximise the right products, try to prevent than cure and keep to natural techniques, rather than resort to surgery.
If you are outside then you must wear suncreen of at least factor SPF 15. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays are the most damaging and ageing to your skin of all other factors and you can suffer from sun damage even in cloudy weather. Choose a moisturiser with a sunblock or slather yourself in lotion. And do not forget your neck and decolletage. The skin is thinner on these regions so make sure you adequately cover these with sunblock as well as your face. The other thing to remember about these areas is that you can get a face or neck lift but there is no surgery that will correct ageing on your chest. So prevention on this area is better than a cure. Choose a good neck cream or treatment, preferably one with SPF, like RéVive Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream SPF 15, and be sure to apply it religiously. As for your face regime, remember to invest in a good moisturiser and get into a daily habit of hydrating regularly.
Finally, one of the best things you can do for your skin, if you are a smoker, is ditch the cigarettes. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to your skin cells by narrowing your blood vessels and providing more than 4,000 unwanted chemicals to your body that may damage collagen & elastin. So if you are noticing little red capillaries opening up and creasing forming around your mouth, give them up before it’s too late.
As we get older our hair changes. It gets thinner and finer with each growth cycle and it can become more flyaway and look wispy. This can be due to several age related reasons, such as low iron levels, lack of protein, hormone imbalances, traction (a.k.a. constant pulling as you style), and elevated stress. To combat this try a deep conditioning mask weekly to add moisture, such as Fekkai Essential Shea Tame & Style Pot de Crème, for women with coarse, brittle hair that is dry or damaged, and choose products designed specifically for your hair texture. You can also find particular protective creams to use before you style, taking care not to use heat styling tools at too hot a setting. Although hair is not alive, it does well when you eat a healthy balanced diet. Apparently there is low available energy to the hair tissue especially in the morning so it is important to have protein at breakfast and lunch to replenish supplies. Keep hydrated throughout the day and eat a diet that includes all food groups, with vegetables of all colors and fruits that are in season. In addition, high quality, all-purpose multi-vitamins can be helpful if your dietary choices are not optimal. It is also important to treat your scalp well as healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. You can buy scalp masks and apply them weekly. They will gently cleanse, exfoliate & hydrate the scalp, preventing unwanted flakes.
Your body is your temple and it makes perfect sense that if you want to age gracefully and look gorgeous as you get older, you need to watch what you eat. Whatever goes into the body affects how the organs function. But sometimes a complete diet overhaul is difficult and unsustainable. Small and regular changes are best so try adding these to your diet to see a difference. Good fats like walnuts, avocado, and olive oil to help rebuild cell membranes and reduce dry, flaky skin; and eating more embryonic foods like eggs, beans, and seeds, which contain all the building blocks for regeneration and will flood your body with vital nutrients to make all your cells healthier. Drink plenty of water whilst eating raw fruits and veggies will allow you to stay hydrated longer. There are specific foods for various aging complaints, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that “slow down wear and tear on your DNA. To get rid of bruising or spider veins, try vitamin C fruits and make sure you eat the white meaty part surrounding your citrus fruits, as it contains bioflavonoids that help you absorb vitamin C more efficiently. Wild salmon, cod, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, and olive oil will give you gorgeous supple skin and glossy locks.
Finally, stay away from too much sugar and white flour as these can exasperate premature wrinkles and aging. Fizzy drinks, processed foods, and pastries are all high in sugar and directly affect how your skin ages.