The right lifestyle and diet teamed with efficacious skincare can make a big difference
Thanks to chronic stress and increasing pollutants, our skin is ageing prematurely. Wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and sun spots have a significant impact on one’s self- esteem and confidence. This is why today more people are willing to undergo plastic surgery and fillers—to reverse and delay early signs of ageing.
But what if you’re not comfortable with such procedures? Don’t worry, we have an easy and straightforward plan for you. Make these seven lifestyle changes and you will look and feel five years younger, without going under the knife.
1. Include healthy fats and vitamin E in your diet
Healthy fats are essential for maintaining skin’s elasticity and keeping it moisturised from within. The reason for chronic dryness and dullness is often the fading away of healthy fats. Olive oil, avocado, and nuts help maintain a healthy skin barrier, keeping it hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. Vitamin E is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has a high antioxidant count, which helps slow down cellular damage. Food sources like wheatgerm oil and soybean are rich in vitamin E and must be included in your diet.
2. Quit smoking
Research has shown that smoking is an ageing accelerator. It has been observed that people who smoke daily have drier and more wrinkled skin than those of non-smokers. Nicotine lowers oxygen and nutrient flow in the bloodstream and makes blood vessels narrower. Additionally, the lingering un-inhaled smoke dries up the skin further. Remember, quitting smoking will not reverse the damage done, but it will stop the situation from getting worse.
3. Consume less sugar
Consuming excess sugar can lead to glycation, which is a condition where toxic compounds known as Advanced Glycation End Products (or AGEs) are created. These AGEs result in stiffening and loss of skin elasticity as well as slow down collagen production. Several studies have highlighted the damaging effect of sugar on one’s skin—from skin inflammation to dryness and acne. If you want to look younger, cut down sugar and choose healthier alternatives like honey, maple syrup, and stevia.
4. Protect yourself from sun damage
Ultraviolet radiation is the leading cause of skin damage. There are two kinds of ultraviolet radiations that lead to premature ageing. The first type is caused through UVA light, which harms the epidermal cells and capillaries that burn your skin and cause hyperpigmentation. The second type of radiation is caused by UVB light that is more potent and can alter your DNA. Exposure to UVB light can lead to actinic keratoses, a condition in which your skin develops scaly and rough patches. So when stepping out in the sun, always wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or above to avoid photodamage.
5. Never miss your intake of vitamin C
Vitamin C is full of antioxidants. It evens out hyperpigmentation and reduces inflammation. It is also known for stimulating collagen production and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. You can either consume vitamin C through your diet (food and supplements) or add it to your skincare routine. When using vitamin C serums, remember to only use it in the day and always use a sunscreen after.
6. Add retinol to your skincare routine
Retinol is perhaps the most talked-about skincare ingredient today. You should introduce retinol products in your night routine from the first time you notice wrinkles or fine lines. Initially retinol can cause mild reactions like redness but with time your skin will get used to it. You will start noticing the effect of retinol only after five to six weeks of regular use.
7. Stay hydrated
More than 60 percent of our body consists of water and staying hydrated is the number one condition for healthy skin. Water moderates our body temperature, it flushes out toxins, and improves skin elasticity. A dehydrated skin is more prone to damage. You do not have to chug litres of water to stay hydrated. You can also consume water indirectly by incorporating juices, green tea, cucumbers, and melons in your diet.
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