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06 Mar

12 Anti-Ageing Tips For Every Day

Follow these tips to help you combat the signs of ageing.

1) Drink water

Our body is comprised 70% of water. This might be an over-repeated fact, however it is fundamental to understand what it means to our health and wellbeing. Drinking enough purified water is the key for healthy glowing skin and metabolic functions. Drink around 10 glasses of water everyday for a ideal hydration.


2) Healthy diet

Your diet plays a crucial role in your overall health and youthfulness. You are what you eat. Take on a diet abundant in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent the effects of free radical damage and pre-mature skin ageing. Examples of foods rich in antioxidants are leafy green vegetables like spinach plant and broccoli (the deeper the green the better).


3) Warm water

Make a habit of using warm water rather of hot to wash your face. This is far gentler on the skin, removes less oil in the process and helps prevent drying out your skin by allowing for greater penetration of product. Water that is too hot may result in broken capillaries while water that is too cold doesn’t allow pores to open enough to leave skin feeling tight.


4) Gentle cleanser

Avoid cleansers that include alcohol and avoid anything that wasn’t designed with your face in mind such as antibacterial washes. You might find fragrance-free soaps with added moisturisers helpful. Avoid going to sleep with makeup on, as this leaves bacteria-filled smudges on your pillows, clogs your pores, and allows free radicals to dehydrate your skin. Clean and moisturise your face before sleep to restore and replenish your skin at any age.


5) Moisturise daily

For baby-soft and smooth skin, apply moisturiser after your shower every day. When applied straight after your shower, moisturiser locks in hydration, so make it a habit!


6) Daily SPF sun protection

Apply a moisturiser or sun block with an SPF 30+ even on a cloudy day. This helps protect you from fine lines caused by stimulation of the skin by the sun’s UV rays. If wrinkles or fine lines already exist, apply moisturiser that includes high SPF protection as well as anti-ageing ingredients. Apply daily under make-up so that it protects and helps restores your skin at the same time


7) Don’t smoke

Smoking dramatically impairs the circulation your skin needs to be healthy and look alive (fresh and even skin tone). The poisons and toxins from the smoke in cigarettes rise to the epidermis and the result is dull, ashen and unhealthy looking skin. (That’s just on the surface!)


8) Exercise

Eating healthy and staying in good physical shape will promote a vibrant glow to your skin and help fight the signs of aging. Exercise and stretching also reduce stress. Backward bending poses such as those that occur in Yoga, help counter gravity and therefore improve posture when performed regularly. The forward-bending poses encourage a rich supply of blood to the face.


9)  
Get enough sleep

Sleep is one of the greatest resources for smooth and glowing skin. Skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep. Dark circles can be genetic, but they can appear exaggerated (or just appear) without enough sleep. Lack of sleep can also cause stress, which causes the sebaceous glands to activate for breakouts and uneven skin tone.


10) Wash your pillow

Be sure to wash your pillowcase as well as your pillow itself. Microscopic bacteria can harbor and settle into you pillow, which in turn can get trapped into your pores.


11) Avoid sugar

An abundance of processed foods and those high in sugar can make your skin dull and expedite the onset of wrinkles. This is due to Glycation, a process that breaks down skin cells and decreases firmness and elasticity. For this reason diabetics often experience early signs of ageing.


12) Eat enough protein

Protein is comprised of essential amino acids that are used to repair cells in your skin, cartilage, muscles and organs. Protein deficiency can contribute to sagging skin by not supplying the aminos needed for replenishment. Only so much protein can be absorbed at any one sitting, so for optimal health it is recommended that you include a protein source with every meal.

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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.