Anti-Aging Skin Care Explained: Your Easy Guide
Our skin is one of the most obvious indicators of our age, and if you ask someone to predict how old you are it’s your skin that they’ll look to to make their estimate. For this reason, anti-aging skin care is one of the surest ways to look younger and healthier to make sure that there are no awkward moments when someone mistakes your sister for your daughter or your granddad for your brother…
Using the correct techniques, it’s possible to cut up to 25 years off your appearance, or perhaps more, and not only look better but feel better too.
Read on for three (3) tips that we would like to share.
i) Diet & Anti-Aging Skin Care
The first facet of anti-aging skin care is our diet. The more healthy we eat, the smoother and healthier our skin will be. This stands to reason, when you consider that it’s our food that provides our body with the building blocks required to maintain our skin and every other tissue and muscle in the body. We literally are what we eat, and if we want healthy skin, we need a healthy diet.
When thinking specifically about anti-aging skin care, there are three main things we need in our diet – antioxidants, vitamins and moisture.
First of all, the anti-oxidants (found in foods such as citrus fruits and fish) will help protect our skin cells (and every other cell) from oxidization and attack from free radicals. This will mean that the skin cells come under less attack and so appear healthier.
At the same time, this will help protect the skin and other cells against cancer by lowering the chance of the DNA within the cell being damaged or mutated.
Vitamins, particularly vitamin A and E, are used in rebuilding the skin and encourage the body to heal both scars and wrinkles.
Essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3, will provide your skin with oil to keep it supple and prevent it becoming dry and flaky.
ii) Anti-Aging Skin Care & Lifestyle
Anti-aging skin care is also about lifestyle. How we treat our bodies will be reflected in the appearance of our skin. Soaking up the sun will help us to look bronzed and healthy in the short run. However, over time, it will lead to damaged skin cells which will create more wrinkles in our old age. Similarly, it’s important that we make sure we get sufficient quantity and quality of sleep.
One of the reasons for this is that it is during our sleep when our body repairs any damages done to our bodies throughout the day. Skin can be rejuvenated that way.
One of the ways in which this works is through the release of human growth hormone, or HGH, which is a hormone that encourages anabolism in the body making it repair wounds, rebuild muscle, replace damaged cells and encourage growth in the muscles and bones (though the bones stop growing after puberty when the ‘growth plates’ will seal off).
As well as sleep, another way to encourage the natural production of growth hormone (synthetic growth hormone is used a lot by bodybuilders and celebrities, but is unfortunately illegal in most states and countries and very expensive in those that it is not) is to exercise and to take hot showers, both of which will trigger an anabolic cycle.
iii) Skin Care Products
The most obvious aspect of anti-aging skin care is the use of anti-aging cream and products. These will work in multiple ways, both protecting your skin from external attack from UV rays and environmental factors, and providing your skin with important nutrients.
You should make sure that you follow a routine. Apply your face creams in the morning and in the night before bed. This routine should begin with an exfoliating cream or face wash. This will remove dead skin cells (that can otherwise interfere with the mechanisms of the moisturizing creams and nutrients). This also makes you look younger by evening out your skin tone.
After this you should then use a protective cream, which will protect your skin from UV rays. Finally, a rejuvenating moisturizer should be applied. This should contain vitamins A and E –both of which we have already noted above are vital in skin.
In closing, we hope that you found this article very helpful to you, as you look to the best options for anti-aging skin care.