2020! Wow. It’s not only a new year but a new decade too. There’s something about heading into a new year that just feels like a fresh start. Whether or not you believe in making resolutions we thought we would give you some anti-ageing practices that you can incorporate into your every day life that won’t break the bank. While there’s nothing any of us can do to completely halt the ageing process following these basic steps will certainly help slow the ageing process down.1) More Sleep
Yes, we know, you have heard this one before. It seems simple and so basic but not getting enough sleep wreaks havoc with our bodies and can cause more harm in ageing than we may have previously thought. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in all sorts of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity to name a few. New studies have now shown that inadequate sleep accelerates the ageing process and reduces the body’s ability to heal after excessive sun exposure. Prioritizing your sleep is a must. Get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours nightly for optimal anti-ageing effects.
2) Less Sugar
Eating sugar is one of the most damaging things you can do to your skin. Through a process called Glycation, sugar in your blood stream bonds to proteins and forms harmful free radicals called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s). Two of the proteins that are most susceptible to being damaged are also the same two that are responsible for helping to keep your skin youthful and firm, Collagen and Elastin. If the damage to your natural stores of Collagen and Elastin weren’t enough, the AGE’s also target and destroy antioxidants in your blood stream further causing harm to your skin. We know completely cutting out sugar isn’t realistic but slowly aim to eat less and less sugar and before you know it your cravings for the sweet stuff will be greatly diminished.3) Hydration
Again, this is so seemingly simple. But we know how easy it is to have your day fly by and realize you didn’t drink nearly enough water as you should of. You may find this surprising but all over the world, in developed countries and non-developed countries, across all age spans approximately 75% of us live in chronic dehydration. Yes, you heard that right. The dangerous effects of dehydration are many, one of which is how it affects our skin. Just as your house plants sags and droops without enough water, so does our skin. Maintaining optimal hydration levels is key to maintaining healthy, plump skin.
4) You Are What You Eat
It’s no secret that what you eat affects your skin. Focus on eating a wide array of brightly coloured fruits and veggies to maximize your intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try incorporating foods high in Omegas such as fatty fish like salmon, flax, and chia seeds. Think about switching the second cup of coffee for a cup of green tea which is full of polyphenols and antioxidants to help give your skin a boost. Finally, if possible, incorporate more collagen into your diet whether it’s through bone broth or a good quality marine collagen supplement added to your smoothies.5) SPF
We know you’ve heard this one before but it’s worth repeating. Wear your SPF daily, even in the winter, even on cloudy days. Damage from UV rays is one of the leading causes of skin damage and greatly accelerates the ageing process. Wear at least SPF 15 (SPF 30 if you’re fair) on average days, if you’re planning on being out in the sun all day wear a hat! And do not forget sunscreen on your hands, neck, and décolletage. All three of these areas are the first to show signs of ageing.
6) Facial Massage
A weekly facial massage for your face has many benefits. Massage helps improve lymphatic drainage, increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your blood cells in your face, helps detoxify your cells and provides natural exfoliation to the skin. There are many facial massage tutorials on YouTube if a weekly facial is out of the budget. You can also incorporate a stone facial roller or another massage tool such as a gua sha stone.7) The Little Things That Add Up
There are little daily habits that you may not even notice that you do that can be creating wrinkles and accelerating the ageing process. Stop squinting, wear your glasses and sunglasses to help prevent lines from forming. Stop drinking out of a straw (if it’s something you do regularly) as it helps little lines form around the mouth. Stop resting your chin on your hand or just touching your skin in general. Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase to help prevent lines from forming in your sleep. The little things add up!