Although you cannot stop your skin from aging, you can take measures to slow the aging process. Here are three anti aging tips to give your skin a youthful appearance.
According to Diane C. Madfes, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, the right diet can help you conceal signs of aging. To achieve this goal, Madfes recommends taking 1,000 IUs per day of vitamin D supplements, consuming plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, particularly from natural sources such as ground flaxseed, olive oil and fish. Alternatively, you can take fish-oil supplements. Omega fatty acids help the skin retain moisture by protecting the moisture barrier, which tends to thin as you age. By doing this, they keep the skin looking youthful, supple and glowing.
At the same time, you should shun processed foods and sugars or at least cut back on such foods. The problem with processed foods and sugars is they promote inflammation and therefore compromise the body’s ability to generate dermal cells. Finally, drink plenty of water and other fluids to keep your body properly hydrated throughout the day. Madfes recommends drinking at least a liter of water in different forms every day. This means that beverages such as coffee, green tea and alcohol count. However, you should drink it in moderation because it can promote aging, warns Madfes. Red wine, for example, contains beneficial antioxidants that help keep skin healthy, but it can also cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to rosacea, a ruddy-faced skin inflammation that often affects middle-aged women.
Most dermatologists say that the UV rays from the sun cause the most damage to the skin. This is because overexposure to direct sunlight damages elastin as well depletes collagen levels. Because of this, sunlight causes the skin to sag, discolor and wrinkle. Even worse, research has shown that the sun’s UV rays are the main cause of skin cancer in humans. However, sunlight is also important to human health. For instance, sunlight promotes the secretion of the “happy hormone” called serotonin. Additionally, it promotes the synthesis of vitamin D. This means you should not avoid exposure to sunlight completely. Instead, you should take measures to protect yourself from direct sunlight. For instance, you should use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun-protection factor) of 30 or higher, wear UV-protective clothing and avoid exposing yourself to sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beauty Products and Procedures
Some skincare products and procedures can help rejuvenate the skin, giving it a youthful appearance. For instance, chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen, leaving your skin looking younger, Madfes says. Similarly, fractional resurfacing can boost your collagen levels and help reverse some of the effects of sun damage to the skin including rough texture, uneven skin tone and sun spots. Of course, you should consult a dermatologist before you undergo any skincare procedure.
Your skin will show signs of aging over time. However, you can take measures to conceal these tell-tale signs and more importantly, give your skin a youthful appearance. Some of the anti aging tips you can use to achieve this goal include adopting a healthy diet, avoiding over exposure to direct sunlight and using the right beauty products and procedures.