Anti-Aging Skin Care: Your Easy Guide
Your skin is a clear indicator of your age.
If you ask someone to guess your age, it’s your skin that they’ll look at first to make their estimate.
Skin that looks like crepe paper, so called liver spots, sun damage, wrinkles and just generally unhealthy looking skin will all make you look older.
You never want any of those awkward moments when someone assumes your daughter is your granddaughter or your grandfather is your brother.
The best anti-aging skin care is prevention and it starts now...
Using the correct techniques, it’s possible to cut up to 25 years off your appearance, maybe more, and look and feel better too.
For the best ant-aging skin care serum, please check out my article The Best Anti Aging Skin Care Products.
The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care: Diet
The first dimension in anti-aging skin care is your diet.
See my previous posts Anti Aging Foods for Seniors: What to Eat, What to Avoid
and Anti-Aging Foods for Women: Why It’s Different for additional information.
The healthier we eat, the smoother and healthier our skin will be. This stands to reason, when you consider that it’s your food that provides your body with the cellular building blocks needed to look after not only your skin but every other tissue and muscle in your body. You literally are what you eat.
If you want healthy skin you must have a healthy diet.
There are three main things you need in your diet for the best anti-aging skin care.
They are antioxidants, vitamins and moisture.
The anti-oxidants, found in foods such as citrus fruits and fish, will help protect your skin cells (and every other cell) from oxidization and attack from free radicals. This will mean that the skin cells come under less fire and so appear healthier. At the same time this will help protect the skin and other cells against cancer by lowering the chance of the DNA behind the cell walls being damaged or mutated.
Vitamins, particularly vitamin A and E, help to rebuild your skin and are a great way to encourage the body to heal scars and to help smooth out wrinkles.
Essential fatty acids meanwhile will provide your skin with oil to keep it subtle and prevent it becoming dry and flaky. Omega 3 fatty acid will act as both as an anti-inflammatory agent and a source of antioxidants, while a multivitamin tablet will provide the rest. Check out my 4 Minute Keto book for a diet rich in fatty acids and vitamins, while at the same time losing weight.
The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care: Lifestyle
Anti-aging skin care is also about lifestyle.
How you treat your body is reflected in your skin's appearance. While soaking up the sun will help us to look bronzed and healthy in the short term, it will also lead to damaged skin cells later on in life.
This may not have any visible effect until the appearance of wrinkles in your senior years.
Similarly, it’s important that you make sure that you get lots of sleep.
One of the reasons for this is that sleep is when your body repairs damage done during the day. It helps in the rejuvenation of your skin overnight.
One of the ways in which this works is through the release of human growth hormone, or HGH, which is a hormone that encourages anabolism in the body allowing it to repair wounds, rebuild muscle, replace damaged cells and encourage growth in the muscles and bones (though the bones stop growing after puberty when the ‘growth plates’ seal off).
As well as sleep, another way to encourage the natural production of growth hormone (synthetic growth hormone is used a lot by bodybuilders and celebrities, but is illegal in most states and countries and very expensive in those where it's not) is to exercise and to take hot showers, both of which will trigger an anabolic cycle.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Products
The most obvious aspect of the best anti-aging skin care is the use of anti-aging creams, serums and other similar products.
These work in multiple ways, both protecting your skin from outside attack from UV rays and environmental factors such as exhaust fumes, pesticides and fertilizer. They provide your skin with essential nutrients.
There are two really important aspects to using anti-aging skin care products:
- Use only high quality natural products (containing no dangerous chemicals and, from an ethical standpoint, not tested on animals) and
- Make sure that you follow a routine and apply your creams in the morning and in the night before bed.
Your routine should begin with an exfoliating cream or face wash which will remove dead skin cells that can otherwise interfere with the mechanism of the moisturizing creams and nutrients. This also makes you look younger by evening out your skin tone.
After this you should then use a protective cream such as Protect and Perfect from No 7, which will protect your skin from UV rays.
Finally, a rejuvenating moisturizer should be applied which should contain vitamins A and E, both of which, as we have already seen, are vital to your skin's health.
How to Look Younger: What Works and What Doesn't
This will be addressed in my next post in this series covering the best ant-aging skin care, coming soon.