The top 5 ways to save your skin from premature ageing
-Mar 26, Caroline Blight, Beauty -
Like pretty much everything in life, we don’t know how great something is until it’s gone. As much as we love to embrace healthy ageing here at Lumity, we also want to hold on to smooth skin. We turned to a top London doctor to ask for his advice on how to keep unwanted lines at bay.
When it comes to skin it certainly seems to be the case that we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s almost gone! In our teens and twenties we often take our plump, smooth skin for granted. And only think about how to keep it that way as we move into our thirties when the first signs of ageing tend to appear.
Perhaps you can remember peering into the mirror and noticing that first line across your forehead? Or the outrage at being pointed to the anti-ageing aisle by a teenage shop assistant when looking for a new moisturiser?
But it’s never too late to try and preserve youthful skin, the earlier you start the better, but any help you can give your skin at any time is a bonus.
We spoke to Dermatologist Dr Daniel Glass from Dermatology Clinic London to find out the top 5 ways to save your skin.
Can sun protection prevent wrinkles?
Age defying celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Winona Ryder and Nigella Lawson swear by lashings of suncream at all times. And they would never dream of trying to get a tan by lying in the sun for hours.
Dr Glass says this is partly why they remain so wrinkle free. “It is now clear that there are long-term consequences of over-exposure to the sun and ultraviolet radiation (UVR), including premature ageing, skin wrinkling, and the development of brown spots and freckles,” he confirms.
“To help prevent this sort of skin damage, when it comes to your face it is important to invest in a non- comedogenic, high quality, broad spectrum sun cream with good protection.”
And even in the winter you should include SPF in your skin care regime. “Use a daily moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30, throughout the year, as this can limit potential damage.”
Remember, it is important to use a sun cream that protects you against both UVA and UVB rays. The number you will find on most sun cream refers to UVB protection and it is always best to use factor 50 (yes 50!).
In the UK, there is often a star rating that refers to the amount of UVA protection a product provides, with five-star protection being the best.
How to apply SPF cream properly
Making sure you apply correctly is also imperative to maximising the protection it will give you. “It is always best to apply your chosen, broad spectrum sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside and to reapply every 2 or 3 hours throughout the day, and after excessive sweating or swimming,” says Dr Glass.
And just because you have skin which is naturally darker or doesn’t burn easily, that doesn’t mean you should skip or scrimp on suncream. “Regardless of your skin type, applying the correct sunscreen is essential in preventing serious sun damage that can occur over a lifetime, due to overexposure and lack of protection.”
Even in the winter we should all include SPF in our skin care regime. “Use a daily moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30, throughout the year, as this can limit potential damage.”
And with spring in the air with those first sunny days and blue skies appearing it’s definitely time to get serious about applying SPF.
Can drinking water help you avoid wrinkles?
Our bodies are made up of 64% water so it’s not surprising that getting enough helps functioning of our whole bodies including our skin.
Studies have found that drinking enough water has a positive impact on your skin’s physiology.
When we are dehydrated our skin becomes dry and this can make us look older. In contrast, hydrated skin retains more moisture and moist skin looks younger as it’s more elastic and supple. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles because the plumpness smooths the lined surface.
Being sufficiently hydrated also helps our skin detox and therefore stay clear and more vibrant looking.“Keeping hydrated can certainly help our skin,” says Dr Glass. “Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual, depending on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
“No single formula fits everyone. A guideline recommendation would be about 3.5 litres a day for men and 2.7 for women.”
What to eat for smoother skin
You may wonder just how much of an impact what you put into your body can have on what you look like on the outside. Increasingly thought it seems getting that glow and beating those fine lines is influenced by what we eat and any nutritional supplements we use.
“The influence of nutrition on skin health is a growing research area,” confirms Dr Glass. “There is also some emerging research on foods and ingredients which boost collagen production, suggested foods include those rich in Vitamin C, as well as real bone broth which is an excellent source of dietary collagen.”
Collagen is one of the elements which makes our skin plump and smooth as it makes up 75% of our skin and natural production falls away as we get older.
And you’ve heard the saying that as you get older you have to choose your ‘face or your figure’?
Well there could be a good reason behind that: “Whenever an overly restrictive diet is followed many will cut out vital foods which means essential vitamin requirements are not met, which in turn can influence the skin,” explains Dr Glass.
“It is best to avoid crash dieting and aim to incorporate a steady, healthy diet, full of anti-oxidants with a variety of protein, fruits and vegetables, into your diet each day.”
If you want to make sure you are giving you skin the maximum nourishment then a comprehensive supplement such as Lumity’s can certainly help you.
How to moisturise those fine lines away
You know how when you slather on a moisturiser your face looks and feels plumper and firmer? That isn’t an illusion and a moisturising regime helps prevent wrinkles. The British Journal of Dermatology found those with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.
This is because the most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest – replace themselves more often than any other area.
Our skin gets dry because the daily loss of skin cells leaves them open to the elements.
It may be that when you were younger you had very oily skin and tended to strip rather than add moisture.
But our skin quality and needs change as we get older and it’s important for us to adapt our skincare regime to accommodate these changes if we want to remain wrinkle free as possible. “As your skin changes with age it’s important to realise that it is doing so and start to compensate for the loss of moisture and dryness with daily use of a moisturiser, especially in the winter,” recommends Dr Glass.
This is why when the weather is cold and dry we feel our skin get tighter and even itchy. Likewise moisturising after a shower is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin.
It could also be argued that the process of applying moisturiser therapeutic to our skin as massaging affect helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
Sleep your way to younger looking skin
Penelope Cruz will apparently do 14 hours stretches and Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Lopez swear it keeps them beautiful, there’s something in the saying ‘get your beauty sleep’. Sleep helps your skin in a number of ways.
In all parts of our system, sleep allows time for regeneration and redistribution of the bodies critical resources. When we sleep the hydration across our bodies rebalances so it takes the moisture it needs and releases any excess to be expelled from the body.
This is why a lack of sleep can result in puffy bags under your eyes and dryness and more visible wrinkles. When we sleep the number of growth hormones in our system increases too so damaged cells can be repaired, reversing some of the daily damage our skin sustains.
Longer term the stress of not getting enough sleep increases the number of inflammatory cells in your body causing collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow and bounce, to break down.
So, there’s plenty of reasons to work on your shut-eye as much as your cleansing routine!
Keep your skin happy inside and out with Lumity.