For many women and men, ageing, wrinkles and other signs of maturing skin can be a nightmare. Not so with Kate Winslet who was once quoted as saying, “I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”
The secrets to ageing gracefully.
Though we believe in what Kate has said about the positive side of ageing with poise and grace, we still think that youthful skin can be achieved even as you add up your years. The best way to do that is by diving right into the heart of the problem or, in the case of causes of skin ageing, “problems”.
Here are the top 5 causes of skin ageing and how the damage these cause on skin may be averted:
Excessive time out in the sun.
Obviously, the top remedy is to carefully clock your sun time. Sunshine is an essential requirement for a healthy body so there’s no question that you do need to catch some of those rays. Beyond 20 minutes of continuous exposure, and exposure at the sun’s peak hours, though, you may be unnecessarily exposing your skin to UV. Therefore, stay in the shade when there is absolutely no need for you to be out in the open.
UV radiation happens to be the top cause of skin damage and premature ageing. UV reaches the skin in two types of radiation, UVA and UVB. UVA rays are deep penetrating and are often credited for deep tissue damages in the dermis and subcutaneous layers of the skin. UVB, on the other hand, is what causes skin to burn but that does not imply that the damage it is capable of doing is only superficial. Use a safe, high performing sunscreen everyday, without fail, even when it’s autumn or winter.
This is the term used to refer to the body’s natural way of ageing. It does not only happen to the skin but to every other cell of your body. At the center of the whole ageing process are cells that gradually slow down their functions as we age. This growing inefficiency is what causes our skin to lose its natural ability to hold water, sustain the skin’s healthy moisture levels, and lock in moisture.
Over time, our cells become incapable of dividing and replicating. When this happens, the damages in the matrix begin to pile up, eventually showing up as wrinkles, pigmentation's, sun spots, and skin discoloration, among others. Of all the causes of skin ageing, this is the factor where nothing that we can do can stop it but, there are ways to slow down the process.
Poor lifestyle choices.
To turn this around, you need to change your routines, including the poor habits and practices that you’ve picked up from your family. It’s time to fill your plate with nutrient-dense foods and trash the junk from your diet. Exercise is another major component of a healthy lifestyle. If you want to stay fit, and feeling and looking young, you cannot make do without regular workouts. You know what, these also happen to be two of the most important factors in slowing down senescence.
Chronic stress and lack of sleep.
Stress is good for your body and mind but, if you are constantly being bombarded by stressful situations and people, it will soon take a toll on your health. Stress causes hormones and the process these control to run haywire. It causes insufficient sleep. Combined, these factors produce oxidative stress which, in turn, creates free radicals that attack your otherwise healthy cells.
Learn to better manage your stresses by taking out your emotion from the situation and by allocating your energy well. Get enough sleep by finding what’s relaxing to you. The body’s deep, natural treatment processes are activated while you are taking your beauty rest.
Poor skincare habits and harsh products.
In the aftermath, you will reap what you do to your skin everyday. Therefore, you better give your skincare regimen an in-depth evaluation and keep adjusting based on your skin’s continuously changing needs. Exfoliation, cleansing, toning and hydrating are basic steps in any routine. Learn about what ingredients work to ease and relieve your most serious skin issues.
So, the next time you think about how you can create a good cover up, consider how you can create a naturally beautiful skin instead.