February 26, 2018

When you enter your late twenties and early thirties, it is common to begin worrying about the visible signs of aging. You may start to scrutinize your face in the mirror, wondering whether you need to take out a bank loan in order to start an expensive anti-aging regime. However, if you make yourself aware of the main causes of premature aging then you will be in a good place to delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles until much later in life. Read on to discover twelve sensible and affordable things you can do in order to maintain a youthful complexion for as long as possible.

1) Exfoliate your skin every few days
Exfoliating creams encourage your body to produce more collagen, which is the main protein responsible for keeping your skin flexible and smooth. In addition, when you exfoliate your skin you remove old and dead cells while bringing new cells to the surface. This helps to create a noticeably more youthful complexion.

2) Eat plenty of strawberries
The vitamin C in strawberries helps your skin to become more resilient and elastic because vitamin C aids your body in producing collagen. As you age, you naturally have less collagen at your disposal, and so a higher intake of vitamin C might help to keep you looking younger and smoother for longer. In addition, scientists in Korea have found that the ellagic acid in strawberries actively helps to prevent the destruction of collagen, which in turn helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

3) Don't smoke, and avoid being around other people who are smoking
As well as increasing your risk of developing cancer and other potentially fatal illnesses, exposure to cigarette smoke leads to premature aging of the skin for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, inhaling cigarette smoke reduces the amount of vitamin C available in your body, and this decreases collagen production and promotes dry skin. When the skin is dry, fine lines and wrinkles develop more easily (and any wrinkles that you already have tend to become more obvious). Secondly, the act of smoking requires you to pucker your lips as you inhale, and if you spend hours doing this each week then the repetitive muscle movement eventually leads to deep wrinkles forming around your mouth.

4) Pay attention to how you sleep
If you want to fight premature aging, try your best to get into the habit of lying on your back when you sleep. If you usually lie on one side, pressing your pillow against your face for eight hours each night leads to fine lines and wrinkles developing on the cheeks and around the mouth. Similarly, lying on your stomach creates wrinkles on your forehead (where your skin is tightly pressed against the pillow).

5) Invest in strong sunscreen and wear it daily
The role of sun exposure in skin aging is now well publicized, but some people still think that the main thing they need to do to avoid premature aging is to wear sunscreen when the weather is hot. In truth, you will be exposed to ultraviolet rays even when the weather is overcast, so you should wear strong sunscreen any time you go outside. If you never get around to purchasing an effective sunscreen, you will end up with dry skin that easily develops wrinkles at a relatively young age.

6) Add more pineapple to your diet
Some of the enzymes in pineapples help to keep your skin hydrated and elastic. These enzymes are also great at removing damaged or dead cells from the skin, which helps to produce a clear and attractively dewy complexion.

7) Moisturize twice a day
It is a myth that you need to buy an expensive moisturizer if you want to prevent premature aging, but you do need to use your moisturizer twice a day. Further, it is a good idea to invest in two different types of moisturizer. A day cream will help to keep your skin hydrated during the day, and a thicker night cream can be worn to encourage skin repair and hydration while you sleep. In the colder months of the year, you may also want to purchase a thicker day cream to combat the influence of harsh winds and low temperatures (which dry your skin and promote the development of wrinkles).

8) Considering using coconut oil
Coconut oil is very good at moisturizing skin and it is not known to cause any adverse side effects. In addition, some recent studies support the claim that applying coconut oil reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

9) Cut down on refined sugar in your diet
The consumption of refined sugar triggers a process called glycation, during which potentially harmful proteins are formed. Dermatological research suggests that these proteins are capable of damaging all kinds of cells in your body, and your skin cells are no exception. These particular proteins are also capable of reducing skin elasticity, and less elastic skin more easily falls victim to the development of new and prominent wrinkles.

10) Never skip the recommended daily intake of water
You will have repeatedly heard that we should all be drinking at least eight glasses of water every day, but you may be guilty of ignoring this advice and not realizing the problems that it may cause. With respect to premature aging, the important thing to know is that being even just a little dehydrated can have a huge effect on your skin. Compared to your heart and other vital organs, your body does not consider your skin to be a top priority. As a result, it is one of the first things to receive depleted water supplies when you are not drinking enough liquid. When your skin does not receive the right amount of water, this interferes with the formation of new cells. If you find it hard to drink as much water as you should, try adding a dash of lemon or lime juice to make it more appealing.

11) Drink only in moderation
When you drink a lot of alcohol, you can end up with flushed and mottled skin that makes you look older than you really are. This happens because alcohol dilates tiny blood vessels under the surface of your skin. You do not need to cut alcohol out of your diet if you want to avoid premature aging, but binge drinking must be left behind.

12) Use a humidifier in the winter months
It is easy for skin to become dry and wrinkle-prone in the winter months because of the necessary use of radiators, heaters and fireplaces. However, you can buy a robust and effective humidifier for a reasonable price, and this will combat dry skin by adding moisture to the air.

Sadly, aging is inevitable and we will all develop fine lines and wrinkles as we progress through life. However, if you follow the above advice then you will be doing everything you can in order to combat premature aging, so you should be able to maintain attractive and smooth skin for much longer than most people.
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