Ageing Skin - Prevention Is Better Than Cure

The ageing process is not something that anybody can prevent, but it is certainly possible to slow down the signs of ageing to a certain extent. As we get older, the skin starts to become thin and lose moisture. In addition to increase in skin laxity, it no longer sheds cells and renews itself as quickly as it did when we were younger.

Lifestyle habits such as alcohol consumption, smoking or a poor diet also play a part in causing the skin to age, while facial expressions like smiling and frowning leave permanent lines. And, of course, exposure to the sun or not using a high factor SPF sunscreen can cause damage to skin as well as being responsible for premature ageing.

While it is impossible to stop getting older, there are many ways to keep skin looking as good as possible.

Adopt a daily skincare routine that uses a simple cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Buying the most expensive skincare products is not essential, as long as you take good basic care of your skin, being gentle to the most delicate areas around the eyes and using products that are created to suit your personal skin type.

It is said that men age more slowly than women and this may be due to daily shaving habits that exfoliate the facial skin. Exfoliating the skin at least once a week using a washcloth or facial scrub may help remove dead skin cells and encourage new ones to form; at the very least it will help to maintain a bright and even complexion.

Non-invasive facial procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help minimise fine wrinkles and exfoliate the surface layers of the skin while laser skin treatments stimulate deeper layers of skin to produce collagen. Although these are not things that can be done for everyday skin maintenance, they certainly help to improve the appearance of skin and signs of ageing.

Antioxidants are not only found in everyday food; they can also be used in skin creams and lotions. Vitamin C is possibly the most powerful skin antioxidant, and it has been scientifically proven to brighten skin tone and stimulate the production of collagen. Antioxidants can also be taken internally to promote skin health.Foods containing antioxidants include pomegranates, berries, and citrus fruits.

We are constantly being warned about the harmful effects of the sun, and it has been proven that UVA and UVB rays contribute significantly to skin damage and premature signs of ageing. The benefits of using sunscreen are cumulative and regular use over time will result in smoother skin. Wearing a hat and sunglasses will also provide the necessary protection for the delicate facial skin.

Lifestyles can affect the skin too, and the best method of keeping skin looking young and fresh is to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Living a life that includes a well-balanced and healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and not too much alcohol, and avoiding stress wherever possible will benefit the skin as well as the mind. Emotional wellbeing and good health will enhance the skin and keep you looking, and feeling, younger.

If you need any advice or treatments, including wrinkle reduction procedures (including consultations at our Glasgow botox clinic as well as dermal fillers and other cosmetic procedures we offer at our Glasgow cosmetic clinic) please contact us.

The Original Article Published at Essence Medical Blog —