How to Look Younger Naturally
We expect our skin and body to change with age. The goal is not to strive for perfection or an ‘airbrushed’ finish—leave that to the magazines. Your best self is one that looks and feels vital and healthy. The easiest way to achieve glowing skin is to tackle it as a series of very simple lifestyle routines. The rewards are visible in no time.
3 Step Anti-Aging Routine
Here are the reasons your skin changes with age. Firstly, young skin has much more collagen and elastin, both of which keep it looking plump and smooth. Also, our facial muscles weaken as we age so our skin gets less support. While we can’t stop the clock, there are ways to definitely slow it down.
Here’s the Top 3.
Focus On Crow’s Feet
While your entire face and body will benefit from these 3 steps, let’s take a closer look at crow’s feet, often the most visible (and annoying) signs of skin aging.
Why Crow’s Feet?
Crow’s feet are those fines lines or wrinkles that form at the corner of your eyes, and are more pronounced when you laugh – often called ‘laugh lines’. Wrinkles show-up here because the skin around our eyes is about 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, with fewer sebaceous glands, collagen and elastin fibers to provide natural moisture and lift.
Botox is tempting as the ‘quick go-to fix’ for crow’s feet and deep lines, but there are easy, effective alternatives. You also won’t risk that ‘frozen face’ stare that can result from this treatment.
What is Botox ?
The cosmetic application is basically injecting the botulinum toxin (a version of the bacteria that causes botulism) into the muscle under the wrinkles. It relaxes the muscle so it can’t wrinkle the skin, so your skin appears smooth. Your face can also look a little ‘immobile or frozen’— cause it literally is.
It last about 3 - 4 months, and needs to be done in a medical or professional setting. Complications and side-effects can be nasty if done incorrectly, like droopy eyelid or facial lopsidedness.
Crow’s Feet and Sun Damage
After natural ageing, sun damage and smoking are the next biggest causes of crow’s feet. So you need to start here, the younger the better. One study showed 23% of sun damage is done by age 18 and then about 10% more every decade after that.
Everyday – Follow These Steps
Crow’s Feet and Smoking
Smoking is harmful to your health in so many ways that quitting is the only way to go. When it comes to your skin you’ll be really surprised at how quickly and dramatically your skin bounces back after quitting.
The nicotine in cigarettes constricts the tiny blood vessels at the surface of your skin, essentially starving your skin of oxygen and essential nutrients. Your skin is always compromised and can’t properly repair from everyday environmental pollution and natural aging.
Look Younger - Quit Smoking
The repetitive actions of smoking (pursing the lips and squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes), also promote deeps lines around your mouth and crow’s feet. Each puff releases free radicals into your lungs, with approximately 4,000 chemicals and 400 toxins in cigarette smoke. Many that these toxins damage your skin’s elastic fibres and collage, so it’s no surprise that smoking makes skin look yellowed, leathery and prematurely old.
Healthy Skin – Fast Results
The good news is that your skin has an amazing capacity for renewal with a little TLC. After quitting you’ll see fast, beautiful results as oxygen and nutrients flood back into your skin. While your body regenerates from the inside, you can work on the outside. Choose anti-aging products or a routine that combines exfoliation and deep moisture. This combination works to reduce dryness, uneven skin tone and fine lines.
Congratulations - you are well on your way to getting back your youthful, glowing skin.
Age Defiance through Exfoliation
A key ingredient in many anti-aging / anti–wrinkle skin care ranges is Vitamin A, often listed as Retinol or a version of this name. This common ingredient helps smooth out wrinkles by acting as an exfoliator, shedding layers of surface skin cells to reveal the smoother layers beneath. This can reduce the pigmentation associated with sun damage and smoking.
Natural Safe Exfoliation
Retinol can sometimes cause mild irritation, and is not recommended during pregnancy. Ingredients like jojoba oil and rosehip oil contain safe naturally occurring versions of Vitamin A. They are gentle all natural alternatives, and safe during pregnancy, while giving similar results to synthetic versions of Vitamin A.
Anti-Aging Skin Care
You have your sun protection and exfoliation ideas, now comes the moisturising. As we age our skin produces less sebum (the natural moisture coating our skin). Sebum forms a protective layer over our skin, locking in moisture and keeping skin hydrated. Sebum production peaks in your teenage years and drops-off as we age, most dramatically after menopause.
Add Moisture Morning & Night
We basically need to replace the moisture our skin no longer produces. This is why anti-aging skin care tends to be richer, with anti-aging serums and treatments offering intense moisture. Here’s a simple moisturising routine that will help make up for lost sebum production.
Apply a day moisturiser under your sunblock, or choose a moisturiser with SPF protection of 15 or above
As an added boost apply a serum under your day moisturiser. Look for ingredients that help increase collagen production, as this has the best impact on fine lines. Youth promoting ranges should include anti-oxidants as they protect against free radicals and help undo environmental damage.
Use a very gentle cleanser. Absolutely no soap, as it literally strips moisture from your skin
Stubborn mascara or make-up?
Use an oil based product that totally dissolves make-up quickly, without all the rubbing. Crow’s-feet also get a little extra hydration while you cleanse.
At night apply a richer moisturiser than your day cream. Try natural oils like jojoba, rosehip or almond. Some oils are absorbed better than others. Jojoba looks like an oil, but is actually a wax ester, so it tends to leave no greasy residue. A night cream should be rich enough to smooth out even the roughest skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
In the evening grab your serum or anti-aging ‘potion’ again, and now apply it under your night moisturiser. The extra vitamins and fatty acids in these ranges will enhance the moisture benefits, giving your skin an intense night treatment.
Sleeping and Wrinkles
Ok, a good night of restful sleep is always bliss, but who knew how you regularly sleep also impacts where fine lines and wrinkles will develop on your face. Hours, years or even decades sleeping on our side or on our stomach means repetitive pressure and creases across our face. These lines can be most obvious first thing in the morning, and over time become deeper. Try sleeping on your back, for at least part of the time, if comfortable. This reduces the pressure on your face and will minimise lines over time.Protect and nourish your skin and body. Watch as you begin to glow with health and vitally – naturally.
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