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Tips to Avoid Aging Skin Damage.

Tips to Avoid Aging Skin Damage.

Most people know that smoking and too much sunbathing can cause wrinkles and skin damage but there are other things you can do or avoid doing that also contribute to premature aging.

Wallis Simpson famously once said "you can never be too rich or too thinĒ.   I donít know about being too rich but you can certainly be too thin! Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt aged appearance. Try to keep to a healthy weight and avoid yo-yo dieting.

Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and walnuts. Omega-3 can fight the inflammation which cause wrinkles. Eat plenty of Vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, strawberries and green vegetables. Vitamin C  fights ageing free radicals and encourages collagen production.

Eat tomatoes, especially cooked ones, as they contain Lycopene that can protect your skin against sun damage.

Rubbing and pulling on the delicate skin around your eyes causes skin stretching and wrinkles. It also encourages the dark pigment that becomes more noticeable as we age. So be extra gentle when applying eye make up or putting in contact lenses. Use your ring finger or pinkie finger, never your index finger. If you find you are rubbing your eyes see your doctor as you may have an allergy or eye infection which can be easily treated.

Get plenty of sleep. Your skin only goes into renewal mode when you are sleeping.  Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and quiet. Turn off the TV or computer an hour before bed and dim the lights to encourage production of the sleep hormone Melatonin. Create a soothing night time ritual, a hot decaffeinated drink, relaxing music and a nice, not too hot, bath.

Some people say that sleeping on your side with the side of your face pressed into the pillow can cause wrinkles. I am not convinced of this, but if you are comfortable sleeping on your back it may be worth a try.

Donít drink from a straw. Regularly pursing up your mouth like this can cause extra wrinkles around the mouth, similar to sucking on a cigarette. Apart from looking bad this has the horrible side effecf of causing your lipstick to bleed into the wrinkles.

Donít forget your sunglasses. Squinting into the sun can etch lines and wrinkles around your eyes very quickly and the exposure to the sun will break down the collagen in the skin, a double wrinkle whammy! Even in the winter wear sunglasses if you find yourself screwing up your eyes. Make sure the sunglasses you choose have UVA and UVB protection.

Stress causes the body to pump out Cortisol. Amongst other things Cortisol also breaks down the collagen in your skin, leading to sagging, inflammation and wrinkles. Stress causes oxygen and nutrients to go to the major fight or flight organs of the body and the skin is neglected. Make a conscious effort to de-stress and relax. Watch a film, read a book, take up yoga or meditation. Exercise, in its many forms, is also good for stress.

Make sure you are not focusing only on your face with your beauty routine. Moisturise your neck and hands regularly and use sunscreen on them.

Last but not least moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles but it makes them more noticeable and dry skin is less resistant to allergies, minor skin infection and sun damage.

Hydrated skin looks dewy and plumped up so moisturise from within too by drinking lots of water.

We canít stay young forever but a few simple changes to your lifestyle and beauty regime can make a lot of difference.


Created On  8 Dec 2015 13:12 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink


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