Ageing is a very natural and beautiful process in life. You know what they say, if you don’t age you die. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it is the truth. Society has made “ageing” such an ugly process when really you can embrace it and still look beautiful as you age. It is not possible t0 look 20 when you are 40, but you can very well look like a great 40 at 40! Now, how do we slow down the ageing process and look like a 10/10 at 40?
1. Cut Smoking
Smoking is one of the most dangerous thing you can do for your health, and is also a big culprit of pre-mature ageing. Smoking causes cancer, so what kind of beauty can you expect from it! Right?! Smoking can have a huge impact on the ageing process and accelerate the development of age-related diseases.
Collagen is a protein that is responsible for maintaining the health and elasticity of the skin, strength of bones and joints, and other connectivity tissues. Studies have shown that smoking has a significant negative impact on collagen production, causing issues like pre-mature ageing, and other health-related problems. Other than cancer, smoking also causes cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cognitive decline, and skin ageing.
2. Manage Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can cause dehydration, which in turn can cause our skin to be drier, duller, and more wrinkly. Chronic alcohol consumption can also damage the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, which can contribute to premature aging of the skin.
3. UV Protection
We have said it before and we will say it again….WEAR YOUR SUN PROTECTION. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun can also cause premature aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Sunscreen can help prevent these signs of aging and keep the skin looking youthful. Click here to read an article where we do a deep dive into “Why You Need to Wear Sunscreen NOW”.
It is probably not new news to you that exercise is great for you. I hear that every day from my mum. And honestly, she is onto something! Exercise is not just great for your overall health, it is also key to healthy vibrant skin. Exercise increases blood flow and helps to nourish the largest organ in the human body, our skin. Exercising provides our skin cells with vital nutrients while removing waste product as such free-radicals from working cells. Growing evidence also suggests that exercise can help to even out skin tone, calm puffiness, and reduce inflammation.
5. Skincare and Medical Interventions
Skin cell turnover and lipid production in the outer layer of our skin is reduced as we age. This can cause our skin to become more textured, rough, and dry. This decrease in cell turnover and lipid production can also cause our skin to become more photosensitive (meaning, more sensitive to the SUN!) and less efficient in healing itself. Our skin also goes through a 1% decrease in collagen and elastin production, leading to the formation of wrinkles. Our skin is also more prone to damage and broken capillaries as we age. This is why your skincare is so important! The right skincare can help to address age-related issues such as loss of collagen, dryness, and wrinkles. But obviously, even with the best skincare, it is able to address bigger age-related issues such as loss in volume and sagging skin. This is where medical interventions come in! And that’s the beauty of aesthetic treatments. It is able to reach deep into the layers of the skin where skincare is able to reach.
Treatment options such as botulinum toxin injections, fillers, lasers, and skin boosters are great ways to treat age-related skin concerns. If you want to know more about what treatment options are suitable to address your skin concerns, it is best to seek advice from an experienced aesthetics doctor.
Those were our top 5 advise on how to look your best at your age. Know that there is no “prime age”, and your prime is right now! Don’t be afraid to grow wiser in fear that you are not going to look like what you did before. You looked your best when you were in your 20s, now, you can look your best when you are in your 40s. You look good!