Everyday, all of us are ageing. It is a natural and inevitable process. No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop it. No amount of anti-aging treatments, specialized diets or exercise can stop or reverse the signs of ageing. It simply is impossible. We can, however, choose to age gracefully.
We may not be able to stop ageing but we can do something to slow it down.
The good news it that, we don’t need to spend a lot of money on facelifts, injections or other invasive treatments. There are simple things that you can do on a daily basis to help slow down the ageing process:
1. Apply Moisturizer
As we age, the skin loses its elasticity. It also becomes dryer and thinner causing wrinkles to emerge. Moisturizers keeps the skin from getting dry. Although they do not prevent wrinkles from forming, they improve the appearance of wrinkles, making them less deep.
Applying moisturizer on a regular consistent basis will keep your skin hydrated and protect it from damage. It also gives a more youthful appearance.
2. Cleanse Your Skin
Washing your face once a day is enough. Wash your face in the morning and at night. You need to remove dead skin cells, excess oils, impurities and your make-up before going to bed. Wash your face gently. Scrubbing, exfoliating or using a mechanical brush on a daily basis can be harmful to your skin.
3. Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Anxiety speeds up ageing. When we are stressed, stress chemicals are released in the body and these chemicals create biological changes. It damages the cells and accelerates cellular ageing. On the other hand, when we are happy, we look younger. We are full of energy, our eyes sparkle, we smile and we laugh. In fact, a study shows that smiling makes us look two years younger than our age. So, smile if you want to look younger.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Do you have a house plant? What happens if you forget to water it? The same is true with human beings. Besides keeping us alive, water also affects our appearances and our quality of life. On average, a person needs to drink at least eight 8 oz. of glasses of water a day.
Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez are very vocal about how “drinking lots of water” is making their skin soft and smooth.
5. Eat Healthy Foods
Eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is not only good for the body. It can also slowdown ageing. In contrast, eating lots of sugar, refined carbohydrates and other food high in calories but with little nutritional value accelerates ageing.
6. Exercise Regularly
A study conducted by the University of Birmingham indicates that regular exercise slows down ageing, On the contrary, a sedentary lifestyle results to a loss of muscle mass, a decline in immune system and in increase in cholesterol levels.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping is not only good for your overall health, it is also good for your skin. While we sleep, our skin cells repair themselves and regenerate. In addition, sleep reduces stress. The facial muscles are also relaxed. Fine lines are created when you are awake especially when you are stress.
8. Lose Weight
American and British scientists found direct evidence that fats accelerate the ageing process. They found out that the more people weigh, the older their cells appear on a molecular level. Obesity was found to have added an average of nine years to a person’s body because it changes the whole body’s metabolic processes.
9. Stop Smoking
If you are a smoker, you know that there are tons of reasons why you should quit. One of them is that smoking is ruining your appearance and speeds up the ageing process.
Eye bags, scaly skin, stained teeth, premature ageing and wrinkles, scarring, thinning of hair, cataracts, and flabby tummies are just but some of the effects of smoking that will make you look a lot older than you actually are.
10. Use Sunblock
A study done by Australian researchers proved that regular use of sunscreens protects the skin against ageing or photoageing to be exact. Photoageing is the loss of elasticity, spotting and wrinkling of the skin caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
To be effective, don’t just use any sunblock. Use a sunblock or sunscreen which is identified as “broad spectrum”. This simply means that it can block out both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays affects the skin’s top layer while UVB penetrates deep into the dermis.
While an SPF of 15 is generally enough, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends a sunscreen with at least 30.