Top 5 Anti-aging Secrets

Beauty is a multi-million-dollar industry, and a big part of this sector is dedicated to anti-aging. However, ageing is a multi-level concept; one that encompasses both what we look like on the outside as well as how our bodies are functioning on the inside. Therefore, I’ve gone beyond the face creams and found the Top 5 Anti-aging secrets to slowing both internal and external ageing. 

1.    Be sun savvy

Whilst getting enough sun is important in obtaining sufficient vitamin D for strong bones and a healthy immune system, UV rays can cause skin damage even on a cloudy day. UVA rays contribute to skin ageing (think wrinkles and pigmentation) whilst exposure to UVB rays increases the risk of skin cancer. Getting about 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure is sufficient for topping up on vitamin D; the rest of the time be sure to apply an SPF sunscreen to exposed skin.

2.    Look at your diet

Diet has a massive role to play in how our bodies age. For example, there is evidence to suggest antioxidant pigments such as lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene accumulate in our skin and provide an SPF effect of 3-4, boosting the extent to which we are protected against sunburn and skin aging. Check out the following for a detailed guide on what other foods are particularly good for anti-aging; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBl5ejMg9AM

3.    Quit smoking

Smoking can cause significant damage to our bodies; both internally and externally. For example, twin studies have shown smoking results in skin sagging, wrinkles and dark under-eye circles as well as skin pigmentation. Smoking also plays a major role in the development of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Need help quitting? Contact your doctor or visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree

4.    Get your beauty sleep  

News flash; beauty sleep is a real thing! Sleep deprivation reduces our body’s ability to repair itself, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and even chronic diseases and mood disorders. Indeed, lack of sleep is associated with stress, which itself restricts the flow of nutrients to our skin, making us look older than we really are.

5.    De-stress

With the above in mind, stress management is therefore vital if we want to slow the effects of time. Some people find guided mediation and breathing exercises useful when dealing with stress. However, if like me you get restless after 30 seconds, going to the gym and working up a sweat is equally valuable. Stress management is a very personal thing, so try out lots of ideas and find something that works for you.  

We all know at least one person who looks so much younger than their age. This is likely due to a combination of genetics and lifestyle choices. Whilst we can’t change our genes, we can make tweaks to the way we live to slow down how quickly our bodies age.