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Unfortunately, nobody has yet discovered a way to freeze or turn back time. So, until somebody comes up with a way to achieve what is seemingly impossible, we are going to endure the ageing process. 

As we get older, we will start to feel more aches and pains in our joints and muscles. Our hair will start to turn grey at some point. And we will start to see more wrinkle lines on our skin. 

But here’s the thing. While we can’t stop time from ticking on (taking the batteries out of your clocks won’t help you), we can deal with the effects of ageing. 

Woman applying anti-ageing cream

We can exercise more, as this will do much to minimise the body pains we might feel later in life. There are ways to go grey with style and confidence. And we can take steps to prevent premature skin ageing.

It is this last point that we will focus on here. Many of us dread the sight of wrinkles but there is much we can do to alleviate the problem. We could opt for facelift surgery as this is one way to give ourselves a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. And we could also take preventative measures to stop our skin from ageing prematurely. We detail the best ways to prevent premature skin ageing below.

#1: Protect yourself when out in the sun

Summer is here (at the time of writing) and you will probably want to soak up as much of the sun as possible. Considering the fact that it could rain at any moment (UK weather is extremely changeable), we wouldn’t blame you for spending more time outside. 

But care needs to be taken. Not only will your skin suffer from sunburn if you don’t protect yourself from the sun but you will also hurry along the onset of wrinkles.

One way to alleviate skin damage is to apply the appropriate factor sunscreen. An SPF between 30 and 50 is recommended for the best protection so stock up on the relevant lotions from your local store. Apply it regularly, even when the sky is overcast, as the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds above. 

You can take other protective steps too. Staying in the shade when the sun is at its hottest is a good idea. And wearing a sunhat and sunglasses is another good idea for added skin protection. 

So, enjoy the summer by all means, but do all you can to care for yourself when you’re outdoors. 

#2: Moisturise

Skincare professionals suggest we should moisturise twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This will ensure our skin stays hydrated throughout the day and as we sleep, so we can look forward to having supple, healthier-looking skin for longer.

So, don’t skip out on a daily beauty routine. Alongside everything else you do, from cleansing your skin to exfoliating, remember to use a moisturiser to nourish and hydrate your skin. This is especially important as you get older, as your skin will naturally start to become dryer. Speak to a dermatologist about the right type of moisturiser for you or commit to further research online to find the best moisturisers available.

#3: Eat a healthy diet

Healthy meal laid out on a table

You already know that healthy eating is good for you, as a diet of well-balanced foods will do much to minimise the number of health risks. But did you know that your good dietary habits can also prevent wrinkling? There are a number of foods that are particularly good for your skin, including those that contain antioxidants and essential vitamins. You can see some examples in the previously linked article, so take note, and add the foods you read about to your weekly meal plan.

When it comes to the foods you eat,  you should also avoid those foods that will cause you to age faster. Such foods include processed meats, anything that is high in sugar, and foods that are deep-fried. These are bad for you in other ways of course, so it’s worth replacing them with the foods that are better for your skin and your overall health.

#4: Find ways to de-stress

Life is stressful, we know, but we should try to deal with the stresses that confront us each day. We will live peaceful, calmer lives if we do, and we will also reduce the damage that stress does to our skin.

Why does stress age us? Well, it’s partly because of high amounts of cortisol that are released when we get stressed. These stress hormones break down the skin’s elastin and collagen, and this accelerates the onset of wrinkles. 

When we are stressed, we also tend to frown and scowl more, and this can also speed up the formation of wrinkles. 

So, while life can be stressful, you should do what you can to ease the way you feel. De-stress with deep breathing exercises, meditation, and plenty of exercise. And try to conquer your stressors when possible, as the fewer you have in your life, the less stressed you will be.

#5: Stay hydrated

When we say ‘stay hydrated’ we are not talking about alcohol or sugary drinks, as these can both cause premature skin ageing.

We are, of course, talking about water, or any diluted fruit drink that is not overloaded with sugar. When you stay hydrated, toxins are flushed from your body, so you will experience less damage to your skin complexion. You will also see an improvement to your skin’s elasticity. For both of these reasons, your skin will look younger for longer, and you will reduce the number of health risks too.

Finally

It’s never too late to pick up a few healthy habits, so no matter how old you are, consider the suggestions we have given here. You will do much to protect yourself from premature skin ageing if you do, and you will also support your health in other ways.

Follow these tips to prevent premature skin ageing.

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