What Causes Our Skin to Age?
The human body is truly remarkable and has millions of interconnected processes which work together all on their own. There are things that we can do to help the body as we age. Ensuring we get the right nutrients at the right time, thanks to Lumity’s two-step Day and Night supplements, is one. This helps skin, hair, nails as well as supporting the immune system and circadian rhythm.
Whilst here at Lumity we see healthy ageing as a privilege and the ultimate luxury (because we all know what the alternative is), there are things we can do to help prevent premature ageing of the skin.
11 Causes of Skin Ageing & How You Can Prevent Them
Whilst wrinkles are a fact of life and it would be strange to look twenty years old at the age of fifty, there are ways to stop time from passing too fast and showing on your face.
1. Always wear SPF, even when it’s raining outside.
You should absolutely see SPF as a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine. Wear every single day and, if you wear make-up regularly, you can buy cosmetic face powders which also have sun protection. If you’re at the beach, apply sun cream regularly throughout the day, wear a big, wide-brimmed hat and sit in the shade as much as you can.
2. Fake a glow instead of sunbathing.
The damage that the sun does to our skin in the shape of harmful UV rays is well documented. As well as skin cancer, sun damage accelerates premature ageing like nothing else. Invest in a quality self-tanner if you want to look bronzed, or have it applied by a professional.
3. Do not smoke and stop if you still smoke.
As well as being terrible for your health, old-fashioned and anti-social, cigarettes do immense damage to your skin and cause premature ageing in the form of wrinkles. If you do one healthy thing for yourself this year, stop smoking.
4. Try facial yoga.
Face yoga experts say that the number one thing that causes premature ageing is looking down. If you’re on your smartphone or computer a lot, it wrinkles your neck and jawline. Sleeping on your side is also a no. You can reverse this by looking up regularly throughout the day and making sure that you exercise your face. There’s a lot of free face yoga videos online and we have heard incredible things about these exercises being like a natural facelift.
5. You are what you eat.
Sugar is terrible for the skin due to a process called glycation which damages skin cells and collagen. Make sure you eat a rainbow of multi-coloured, skin-loving vegetables, fish including salmon and tuna, and nuts, seeds and pulses every day for the ultimate skin diet. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, your skin will thank you for it.
6. Cut back on the booze.
Nobody looks good hungover. But worse than that, alcohol damages skin thanks to dehydration which leads to dark circles and puffy, sallow skin. Instead aim for eight glasses of mineral water a day for smooth skin and clear eyes.
7. Exercise five days a week.
Multiple studies suggest that exercise slows down a process known as telomere shortening. This is a scientific process that determines your physiological age over your biological age. When our cells lose their telomeres, the body begins ageing. Luckily, simple lifestyle tweaks help slow this process and regular exercise is one of them. It will also make you feel better, which will make you look better too!
8. Invest in a quality cleanser.
Lumity has created a multi-tasking cleanser called 4-in-1 Cleanse, Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour. This gem cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates as well as doubling as a nourishing mask. Using this regularly helps to avoid scrubbing your skin too hard and irritating it, which in turn leads to premature ageing.
9. Wash your face.
Heavy pollution damages and ages the skin. The trick is to carefully cleanse the skin the minute you get home after a long day as well as in the morning. Remove all traces of grime then treat yourself to a relaxing massage on your brows, cheeks and neck with a few drops of Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil.
10. Moisturise every day.
Treating your skin to serious twice-daily injections of moisture works wonders for minimising fine lines and wrinkles. Lumity’s Skin Nutrients contains a blend of 32 of nature’s most potent botanicals which work together to balance the skin’s pH.
11. Cut back on beauty products.
Lumity has created a capsule collection which contains essential products only. This is perfect for busy lifestyles and means you won’t inadvertently irritate and age your skin by using products that you don’t truly need. This results in maximum results for health and beauty with minimum effort.
It’s never too late to invest in good skin
You can start investing in great skin today. It’s never too late to look and feel your best. Simple, healthy lifestyle changes paired with quality products will make a difference, so you’ll look and feel your best 24/7.