Ageing is inevitable – it is a natural process that occurs in every living thing. However, as no two persons are created equally, the same goes to ageing. While 30 is the age where signs of ageing start to appear, some people may have their ageing process initiated earlier. Also known as premature ageing syndrome or Progeria, symptoms of premature ageing includes loss of skin elasticity and thinning (atrophy), loss of cutaneous fat (fat layer under the skin), wrinkling, defective pigmentation and ulceration to list a few.
While genetics and illnesses such as diabetes and Werner syndrome are some of the known contributing factors, bad lifestyle choices may also contribute to individual premature ageing. Think excessive drinking, smoking and bad diets. Although we can stop ageing process from progressing, we still can slow its movement with rigorous daily skincare regimen.
- Protect your skin from sun damages
Sunshine makes us happy, but excessive sunshine to can speed up the skin ageing process. When UV rays penetrate into the skin, it slowly damaging the elastic fibres that keeps the skin firm and taut, hence allowing wrinkles to develop. Furthermore, sunlight is also responsible for the appearance of age spots or “liver spots” on the skin. Therefore, always apply adequate amount of sun protection before you leave home. Better still, avoid sunbathing or avoid the sun between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Quit smoking (and drinking)
Giving up on bad habits such as smoking and excessive drinking is not easy – nobody likes to be a cold turkey! Nevertheless, the truth is out there, says J. Taylor Hays, M.D of Mayo Clinic.
“Smoking can speed up the normal ageing process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles,” says Hays. “These skin changes may occur after only 10 years of smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more skin wrinkling you’re likely to have – even though the early skin damage from smoking may be hard for you to see initially.”
Thus said, there’s still time for you to quit smoking today. As for alcohol, you can always enjoy a glass of chardonnay or merlot whenever you fancy, as long as you do it moderately.
- Your skin is what you eat
To keep your skin as youthful and healthy as possible, curb your sweet and fat tooth by limiting the intake of foods that are high in sugar, fat, sodium and preservatives. Snack on fibre-rich fruits instead of processed and junk foods. Also, try to eat more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy and lean protein.
- Cleanse, Tone, Treat and Moisturise
No matter what you do, at the end of the day, the wellbeing of your skin depends on how rigorous your skincare regimen is. First, always use a suitable cleanser to cleanse your skin, followed by toner to remove or de-flake dead skin cells and impurities. If you have sensitive skin, look for mild or extra mild facial cleanser and preferably alcohol-free toner. To keep ageing at bay, treat your skin with anti-ageing serums and essences that specifically target on your skin concerns such as dark spots, scars, wrinkles and fine lines. If you have multiple concern, layer the serums and essences according to consistency (light to heavy). Last but not least, seal the treatment with a moisturiser or face oil.