SKINCARE

How to slow down skin ageing

Preventing or slowing down the ageing of your skin involves a combination of lifestyle choices, skincare practices, and protective measures. While you can’t stop the ageing process altogether, you can certainly minimise its effects and keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible. Read on for some tips.

 

Protect your skin from the sun

 Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily, even on cloudy days.

 Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, and wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses.

 Seek shade during peak sunlight hours (10 am to 4 pm).

          

Maintain a healthy diet

 Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Foods like fruits, vegetables, and fish can help protect your skin from free radical damage.

 Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

          

Avoid smoking and limit alcohol

 Smoking can accelerate skin ageing by causing wrinkles and reducing blood flow to the skin.

 Excessive alcohol consumption can dehydrate the skin and lead to premature ageing.

          

Get adequate sleep

 Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. During deep sleep, your body repairs and rejuvenates itself, including your skin.

          

Manage stress

 Chronic stress can contribute to premature ageing. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.

          

Exercise regularly

 Physical activity improves circulation, which can help deliver essential nutrients to your skin cells.

          

Use gentle skincare products

 Choose skincare products that are suitable for your skin type. Avoid harsh or abrasive products that can damage your skin’s protective barrier.

 Moisturise regularly to maintain skin hydration.

          

Cleanse and exfoliate

 Cleanse your face twice daily to remove dirt and makeup.

 Exfoliate 1-2 times weekly to remove dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover.

          

Avoid overexposure to harsh environmental conditions

 Extreme cold, wind, and dry air can damage your skin. Protect it with appropriate clothing and moisturisers.

          

Consider professional treatments

 Consult a dermatologist for anti-ageing treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy.

          

Stay hydrated

 Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

          

Don’t overdo it

 Avoid excessive tanning or the use of tanning beds, as they can accelerate skin ageing and increase the risk of skin cancer.

          

Get regular checkups

 Have regular skin examinations by a dermatologist to monitor any changes in your skin and catch any potential issues early.

 

Remember that genetics also play a role in how your skin ages, so some factors may be beyond your control. However, by adopting a healthy lifestyle and practising good skincare habits, you can significantly slow down the visible signs of skin ageing and maintain a youthful appearance for longer. Consulting with a dermatologist can provide personalised guidance and treatment options based on your specific needs and concerns.