Aging is a natural occurrence for any living organism. As you grow old, several signs indicate that age is catching up with you. For instance, fine lines form around your eyes and mouth, wrinkles in your skin as well as the development of dark spots. However, even with its certainty, that doesn’t mean you cannot slow the process. Many of us want to have that ageless skin we see in celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez.

Read on to learn some anti-aging tips for the skin that every woman should know.

Go easy on your skin

When removing makeup, choose a gentle cleanser to keep your skin more hydrated and prevent damage. Don’t use those that have a high pH as well as the ones containing sodium lauryl sulfate as these are harsh and may damage your skin. As you advance in age, your skin’s ability to repair itself reduces hence more care is needed. Use physical and chemical exfoliants that are friendly to your skin such as soft sponges.

Avoid sugar scrubs as well as cleansers that contain beads because these make your skin sag. Gwyneth Paltrow ensures to wash off makeup from the day before reapplying more for the evening. She exfoliates using Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial which is very effective. I mean look at her!

Avoid the sun

Exposure to harmful Ultra-Violet rays of the sun causes the skin to age more rapidly and may lead to the development of wrinkles. However, the damage the sun causes is preventable by practicing some measures such as; always wearing a wide-brimmed hat when spending time outdoors in the sun and wearing sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15. Every time you see your skin has got a tan, know that some skin damage has occurred. If you want to prevent premature aging caused by sun damage, don’t expose too much of yourself to the sun.

Drink water

Water is known for its numerous health benefits including helping you look younger than you are. Just like it happens with plants when you forget to water them, so does our skin when it’s dehydrated for too long. According to health professionals, drinking at least 8 ounces of water keeps your skin glowing and radiant.

Water plays a significant role in digestion and also aids in many other body processes. Since your skin is made of cells which contain water, it, therefore, goes without saying that when one doesn’t take water, their skin will appear dry which eventually leads to the development of wrinkles. In addition to that, it also helps flush out toxins from your body which makes your skin get that glow; thus, drinking water every day is paramount to ensure your skin develops that ageless look we all envy.

Get your beauty sleep

As skin care expert, Renee Rouleau says, it takes more than just the right skin care products for you to have radiant skin. There are very many benefits to sleeping, and unlike the beauty skin care products, it costs absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, due to the hecticness of our lives, most of us don’t get enough sleep. Adequate sleep not only makes you look less tired and boosts your mood but also does wonders for your skin. 

Have you ever observed how your skin looks after staying up all night? You get dark circles beneath your eyes, and your skin looks dull and dry. Skin repairs itself during the night, hence a good night’s rest is essential to prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Sleep for 8-10 hours every night.

Moisturize

As you advance, you produce less sebum in the body; hence your skin tends to feel dry which is one of the causes of fine lines. Fortunately, moisturizers can help solve this problem. Choose those containing water-binding humectants such as glycerine. To prevent evaporation of water from your skin during the night, use occlusives such as Vaseline, and Aquaphor.

Exercising

Although wrinkling of the skin is a part of aging, scientists have found that physical exercise may help you retain your youthful looks.  A study by the McMaster University revealed that not only do workouts help your skin stay young, but may also reverse the signs of aging when started at a later age. According to this study, people who exercised more often looked more youthful than their counterparts. 

If you used to workout regularly in your 20s and early 30s, continue doing so to enjoy the many benefits of exercise including improving heart health as well as building muscle. Working out helps increase blood flow to the skin. With this boosted circulation, it gets more nutrients and oxygen which produces the glow. Karlie Kloss gives a valuable tip on exercising for your skin and encourages women to not workout when wearing makeup to avoid clogging of pores.

Avoid smoking

While smoking leads to conditions such as lung cancer, it also hurts your skin. Many studies have been conducted to find the link between premature aging and smoking. You may have heard smokers complaining of skin dryness; this mostly occurs because smoking reduces the amount of water in the epidermis. Smoking also affects the connective tissue hence affecting collagen production.

Furthermore, cigarette smoke reduces the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin by constricting the blood vessels. In a nutshell, smoking accelerates the aging process as can be seen in celebs such as Lindsay Lohan and Adele (in combination with many other factors). The skin recovers once you quit smoking.

Collagen-rich foods

Precautions against aging must be taken as early as possible. What you eat is essential in the aging process. It might be time for you to incorporate some collagen-rich foods in your diet to keep away the wrinkles. Collagen is the protein that helps maintain that youthful look we all crave by making the skin stay moist and radiant. Some common foods that contain collagen include; seeds such as chia, pumpkin and almond seeds; fish such as salmon which also contains omega-3 fatty acids; nuts and garlic. You don’t need to throw away all that money through plastic surgery, instead, eat more collagen-rich foods.

As you grow old, you want to look younger than you are. Although we cannot prevent aging entirely, we can at least try to slow down the process. The above tips are simple and will help you keep aging at bay as long as possible. If your skin has not started showing the signs of aging, it’s never too early to start using these anti-aging tips.

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