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We’re all too familiar with the signs of aging, and not many of us are very happy about them. But short of magic or a miracle, what can we do to keep our skin looking young and healthy for as long as we can? Well, it’s not actually impossible, but it is a good idea to start taking good care of your skin from a young age. Years of abuse can catch up with us all too soon, and, as they say, prevention is the best cure. Here’s how to avoid your skin showing signs of aging for as long as possible.

Be sunshine savvy.

Heavy tanning can cause our skin to lose its elasticity as it damages the collagen which holds our skin firm. This will eventually lead to wrinkles and a jowly look. The best way to keep this from happening is to avoid direct sun exposure too often, but to also rely on a good moisturiser with SPF 15 or higher throughout the year. The sun’s rays can be damaging even in through the winter.

Get a sweat on.

Exercise is great for maintaining your heart’s health and keeping your fit, but did you know it’s also great for your skin? It gets your heart rate up, your blood pumping and keeps your skin supplied with fresh, oxygenated blood. This allows skin cells to repair themselves quickly and keeps cellular debris flushed and the cells well nourished.

Treat your skin gently.

When you’re going through your skincare routine or taking off your makeup, be sure to treat your skin gently. Rough handling can cause you to stretch the skin, which weakens the collagen supports under your skin and will ultimately end up causing wrinkles. This is especially relevant to the areas around the eyes where the skin is thin and quite delicate, hence wrinkles tend to start showing here first.

Keep yourself watered. 

Water has the incredible ability to keep your skin looking clear and fresh, even when you’re not feeling too fresh. Since your skin is mostly water (around 64% to be exact), keeping your system topped up has a big impact on your complexion. It allows the skin to refresh more readily, and keeps acne and hormonal spot outbreaks to a minimum, meaning your skin always looks clear and youthful.

More drastic measures.

Some people find that despite caring for their skin throughout their lives, their skin still shows signs of age. This can make people feel quite self-conscious and unhappy, so undergo treatments such as chemical peels or facelifts. These can make the skin look much younger, although they do come with a whole set of risks and a much higher cost. If you’re concerned about any procedure you’ve undergone, speak to a solicitor who specialises in facelift surgery negligence claims for support. 

Exfoliate like mad.

If you don’t want to go down the drastic routes of chemical peels, get yourself a good exfoliator and use it religiously. Not only does it take off dead, dry skin, leaving the healthier and younger skin beneath to shine through, it also increases the circulation to your skin. Just like exercise and drinking water, good circulation to your skin is the key to youthful looks. It allows your body to refresh and replace old or damaged skin cells, meaning that spots and acne are significantly lessened. It also helps to trigger collagen replenishment, meaning your skin will stay supple and elasticated for a whole lot longer.

Quit that nicotine.

If you’re still a smoker, but waiting for a sign to quit – this is it. Smoking is terrible for your skin. It inhibits collagen production, which takes the bounce out of your skin. As a result, smokers tend to have skin which sags slightly more than non-smokers. It’s also the case that pursing your lips repeatedly causes small lines to form around the mouth, and the yellow smoking from the nicotine also adds to the overall aged look. All in all, smoking isn’t very good friends with the fountain of youth.

Take more vitamin C

Orange juice, tomatoes, peppers, and leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C, which your skin loves. Without vitamin C your body isn’t able to properly create collagen, which results in skin starting to sag. Using a moisturiser which contains vitamin C is also a great way to ensure your skin stays youthful, and taking the odd vitamin supplement won’t hurt either. Keeping your skin youthful and fresh doesn’t rely on magical potions or a fairy godmother, a good moisturizer with SPF and a whole load of water every day is all you’ll ever really need.

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