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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. Follow the best ways to prevent premature skin ageing below. 

#1: Protect yourself when out in the sun

During the summer 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), I 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 of sunscreen. An SPF between 30 and 50 is recommended for the best protection so stock up on the relevant lotions from your local shop. Apply it regularly, even when the sky is overcast, as the sun’s UV rays still penetrate the clouds. 

You can take other protective steps too. Staying in the shade when the sun is at its hottest is a good idea. 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 become drier.

#3: Eat a healthy diet

Healthy meal laid out on a table

You may 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? Several foods are particularly good for your skin, including those that contain antioxidants and essential vitamins.

Taking care of your skin involves more than just external treatments. Nourishing your body with the right foods can have a positive impact on your skin health. Here are some nutrient-rich options that can benefit your skin:

  1. Healthy Fats from Fatty Fish: Incorporate salmon, mackerel, and herring into your diet. These fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain skin suppleness and moisture. Omega-3s also reduce inflammation, making your skin less sensitive to harmful UV rays. Additionally, fish provides vitamin E and zinc, both essential for overall skin health and wound healing.
  2. Avocado Goodness: Avocados are packed with healthy fats that keep your skin flexible and well-moisturised. They also contain compounds that may protect your skin from sun damage. Plus, avocados are a great source of vitamin E.
  3. Red Peppers for Vitamin C: These vibrant veggies are loaded with vitamin C, which supports collagen production and helps maintain skin elasticity.
  4. Antioxidant-Rich Blackberries: Blackberries provide antioxidants that shield your skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
  5. Edamame’s Phyto-Estrogens: Young soybeans (edamame) contain phyto-estrogens, which contribute to skin health.
  6. Astaxanthin from Salmon: Yes, salmon again! Besides omega-3s, salmon contains astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that benefits skin health.
  7. Resveratrol in Grapes: The skin of red grapes contains resveratrol, known for its anti-ageing properties and potential protection against UV damage.
  8. Almonds for Vitamin E: Almonds provide vitamin E and healthy fats, promoting skin health and protecting against oxidative stress.

Remember, a balanced diet with a variety of nutrient-rich foods is key to achieving healthy, glowing skin.

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 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 the high amounts of cortisol released when we get stressed. These stress hormones break down the skin’s elastin and collagen, and this accelerates the onset of wrinkles. 

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

I am, 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 in 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. 

Have you seen the Air Up water bottles? You’re sipping plain water, yet your brain insists it’s a burst of flavour because the bottle houses these tiny scent pods and when you take a sip, your retronasal senses kick in, interpreting the aroma as taste.

Finally

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

Follow these tips to prevent premature skin ageing.

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