One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”
We can influence another type of aging that affects our skin. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.” By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.
Tips to help slow the effects of aging
1. Protect your skin from the sun every day.
Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a pāpale (wide brimmed hat), and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing.
Reef-Safe Liquid Sunscreen
2. If you smoke, stop.
Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
3. Avoid repetitive facial expressions.
This is a tough one even for me, because I am VERY expressive with my face. How many other ladies can relate?! When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
4. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
5. Drink less alcohol.
Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older.
6. Exercise most days of the week.
Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more youthful appearance.
7. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily.
Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating. The perfect gentle cleanser is our ‘Ōlena + Honey Foaming Cleanser.
‘Ōlena + Honey Foaming Cleanser
8. Apply a facial moisturizer every day.
Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. I literally couldn’t recommend this more. Our ‘Ili Hydration Moisturizer is the perfect daily moisturizer for anyone who is looking for a lightweight, non-clogging facial moisturizer that can be used twice a day.
‘Ili Hydration Moisturizer
It's never too late to start. No matter what, it will never be too late for your skin to benefit from you caring for it.