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Did you spot Jennifer Lopez on the runway of Versace?! We bet a fiver that you, just like the rest of the world, have been fantasizing about her youthful skin and ageless allure putting all the 20 and 30 something at shame. While it is impossible to put a halt to the aging cycle, you can slow down the inevitable process by taking some essential measures to keep the formation of crow’s feet and fine lines at bay.
Unmasking the horror of aging cycle
You may be wondering as to what is the cause of wrinkles? As much as we long to look young and radiant forever, the bitter reality is that aging is a natural process that should be wholeheartedly embraced with the best skin health care tips and products at your disposal. Think of aging as being stranded at the edge of a diving pool, you must take the leap of faith and jump (or more like pushed) whether you are fully prepared or not. As we age, it is normal and natural for our skin to lose elasticity and firmness that eventually makes it thin and dry. Wrinkles, also known as rhytides, are basically folds in your skin that become more prominent when your skin starts producing less proteins, collagen and elastin.
Let’s cut to the chase and unleash the best anti-aging skin care tips and beauty regimes that might soften those smile lines.
Adopt healthy skin care habits
All the city-dwellers might not be able to witness it yet, but 10 years down the line you will start showing signs of aging. Daily exposure to pollutants from car exhausts, smoke and factory emissions are sapping your skin’s radiance, making way for skin woes such as sagging, dullness and hyper-pigmentation. Before you start hyperventilating and packing your bags to make a move to the countryside, we have a solution for you! Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory skin products are your saviors against daily onslaught of environmental pollutants. While you are at it, stock up on fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants (such as blueberries, grapes and kale) as they are great for fighting free radicals. Remember, the pollutants are the biggest threat to your skin after sun, so start taking the necessary precautions right away.
Hydration is the K-E-Y
Lack of water results in skin dehydration that makes it lose its brightness and vitality. Dermatologists recommend drinking at least 1.5 liters of water on a regular basis. This also means that you need to hold your horses on that 3rd cup of coffee for the day, as caffeine, soft drinks and energy drinks may result in making you more dehydrated than you already are. Furthermore, staying confined to your airconditioned workplace from 9 to 5 can rob your skin of moisture that keeps it supple and flexible. Pro tip – Keep a Humectant mist or a humidifier handy as they are the perfect way to get some moisture into your skin without messing up your makeup.
Slather layers of sunscreen
Ultraviolent radiation and rays are the number one reason for the occurrence of wrinkles on your face, neck, arms and parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun every day. While you cannot completely avoid the sun rays you may take some preventive measures and steps to lessen the degree of damage. Start wearing sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) over 30 and you will automatically feel a drastic difference in your skin appearance and pigmentation. Pro Tip – Sun protection is non-negotiable so make sunscreen a beauty staple in your handbag.
Beauty sleep gives you the ultimate glow
Celebrities have spilled their skin secrets on numerous occasions, highlighting the importance of getting good 8 hours of sleep every day. The saying ‘Early to bed, early to rise’ points out a critical skincare tip, as researches suggest that our skin repairs at around 11 pm. Insufficient sleep causes excess cortisol to be released by the human body which breaks down the skin protein collagen. Another important factor to consider is how do you sleep or the position that you prefer. Wrinkling can also be caused by sleeping on your face, as the ‘compression’ leaves your skin weaker in some areas. Sleeping tip – Get in the habit of sleeping on your back and avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your soft facial skin.