Since there is no fountain of youth, the food we eat and the habits we keep can help prevent and even reverse the effects of aging. Skin aging is the result of many things, and there may be more you can do to control than you thought.
1. Load Up on Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the best resource your body has for fighting the aging process by reducing damage and inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of wrinkle production, so choosing a diet with anti-inflammatory foods can help your skin look years younger. Try adding these foods to your diet:
- Gogi Berries
- Dark Chocolate (70% or higher cocoa content)
2. Limit Sun Exposure
It’s no secret that ultraviolet exposure from the sun is the cause of 80% of your skin’s aging process. Some sun is healthy for vitamins, but too much sun causes dark spots, sunburns, and wrinkles. When you go outside, be sure to wear a zinc sunscreen, sunglasses, and don’t forget a hat!
3. Drink Plenty of Water
When you don’t drink enough water, you skin gets dehydrated. The instant your skin doesn’t have enough water, it can look saggy and dull, making you look older. Water plumps skin cells, making them look less wrinkled. Water flushes out the impurities and toxins out of your system to keep your face looking fresh and clean.
4. Get Enough Vitamin-C
Vitamin-C is so important for keeping younger looking skin. Not only does Vitamin-C have antioxidant properties, but it’s known for aiding in collagen production. Vitamin-C has been shown to help prevent and reverse UV-induced damage. Eat plenty of broccoli, strawberries, and oranges.
5. Cut the Stress
We’ve all heard that stress can cause wrinkles. But now there is science to back that claim. The exact effect on aging requires some more in-depth research, but we know that stress is a contributor to early aging. Stress chemicals have negative biological effects on the human body, so when you are stressed, your body is literally breaking down little by little. Yoga and meditation are great ways to help your body release stress tensions.
6. Get Moving!
Exercise is one of the best anti-aging methods. It increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients in your body. Sweating releases toxins through sweat, providing clearer, firmer skin. Physical activity can also reduce inflammation, which causes your skin to age. Exercise can also reverse the aging process in cell development, and sometimes even stopping the process dead in its tracks.
7. Sweet Tooth, No More
If you have a sweet tooth, cut the sugary foods from your diet and find alternatives. When sugar breaks down and enters your bloodstream, it breaks down collagen and elastin, the fibers that support your skin. This can turn into sagging and wrinkles. So next time you are craving sugar, try a piece of dark chocolate. The antioxidants will help your skin look younger, while satisfying your sweet tooth.
While you sleep, your skin has a chance to repair and rejuvenate itself. Without proper sleep, your skin does not have the time to undo the daily damage it undergoes. Not only do you need at least 8 hours of sleep, but the quality of sleep matters, too. Try putting down the electronic devices for at least 1 hour before going to sleep. The screen can stress your eyes, causing wrinkles and can disrupt your sleep.
9. Clean Up Your Habits
Little things in your every day life can affect your skin and cause premature aging, without even realizing it. Try changing some of these habits with healthy alternatives:
- Swap out your cotton pillowcase for a satin pillowcase – the creases in cotton will eventually wear on your skin
- Avoid straws – drinking out of straws can accentuate the wrinkles around your mouth.
- Wear sunglasses – UV exposure and squinting contributes to wrinkles around the eyes, so wear sunglasses (even on days when it’s not sunny) to protect your eyes and the fragile skin around your eyes.
- Don’t touch your face – your hands are full of oils and bacteria from daily activities so to avoid breakouts and to avoid your skin from stretching (resting your face in your hands), keep your hands away from your face.