Could you be making yourself look old?
While your genes do affect your skin and how young it looks, there are also many things you could be doing – or not doing – that contributes to how old your skin looks. Are you guilty of any of these?
Not using sunscreen
You probably slather the stuff on while away on holiday but you should really use sunscreen every day – yes, even when it’s cloudy.
Australian researchers found that those people who apply sunscreen every day show 24% less skin aging compared to those who use is only some times.
We love RoC Soleil Protexion Velvet Moisture Quenching Fluid, which is really light on the skin, but due to its high SPF of 50 helps protects the skin from all those damaging sun rays all year round.
Lighting up a cigarette ages you – fact! Research has shown that smokers look on average 1.4 years older than non-smokers. Smoking regularly contribute to wrinkles as the toxins you’re putting into your body hinders the blood supply, which keeps your skin looking young and glowing.
A bad diet
Eating too much sugar or refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, can cause your skin to look old. This is because sugar attaches itself to the proteins in your body, damaging the collagen and elastin in the dermis – or middle layer – of your skin. These two proteins offer support and elasticity to your skin so if they get damaged, your skin becomes less firm and more wrinkly.
To keep skin looking younger, ditch the junk food and instead tuck into skin-loving superfoods such as strawberries, almonds, tomatoes and tuna.
Going to bed late
You don’t need to be tucked up in bed by 9pm every night, but research has shown that lack of sleep ages skin causing fine lines, uneven pigmentation and saggy skin. Not only do our skin cells rest and rejuvenate themselves at night, but a good healthy sleep also helps up melatonin levels, which is a known antioxidant that can help keep skin looking younger. Ensure you get around 8 hours a night to keep your skin looking its best.