I once watched a movie where everyone stopped aging at the age of 25.
Though they kept counting the years as they grew older, they did not experience aging. In fact, when grandma and grandchild stood together, I couldn’t tell the difference because both of them looked very young, more like sisters.
Imagine that was how things were. It would have been great, right?
But sadly, it is not so in the real world. You grow older every day and it reflects in every part of your body, including your skin.
It is normal that sometimes we stop and ask ourselves, “is it possible to stop my skin from aging?” Many people do not like the idea of growing old, but more importantly, no one wants to look old.
A youthful-looking and glowing skin is the goal, but is that possible? I will answer that in a minute.
Is it possible to stop your skin from aging?
I know your fingers are crossed, waiting for me to say yes, it is possible… and then, give you some out-of-this-world techniques that will magically stop your skin from aging and make you look younger forever.
Sorry… cos I am about to disappoint you.
The truth is: you cannot stop your skin from aging. Aging is a natural process. Your skin starts aging when you’re in your 20s, more specifically, when you’re 25. But the process is slow and gradual so you don’t even see aging signs until you are in your 30s and 40s.
However, I have good news!
(Now, you can wipe that disappointed look off your face!)
Even though it is impossible to stop your skin from aging, you can slow down the aging process and look youthful even when you are growing older.
Have you ever seen a lady that is 50 and still looks 35 and you are shocked that someone still looks that young even when they are that old?
Yeah, you too can be that person that everyone wonders how she still looks young and beautiful, despite her age. But first, you need to understand what makes your skin age in the first place and how you can slow down the process.
Things that make your skin look older quickly
Even though aging is a natural process, there are several factors that make our skin look older and cause premature aging.
Here are some of them:
- Exposure to the sun
- Regular alcohol intake
- Not sleeping enough
- Unhealthy diet
- Exposure to environmental pollutants
- Bad skincare habits
How do you slow down the aging process?
Like I said, your body grows a little bit older every day. But you can slow down the aging process and make your skin look youthful and glowing. Here are some tips that can help you achieve that:
Become obsessed with taking good care of your skin.
The first thing you need to know is you are never too young to start taking care of your skin. In fact, the earlier you start, the easier it is to keep your skin looking young for as long as possible.
So, start taking care of your skin like your life depends on it. Make sure you strictly follow a skincare routine every day, in the morning and at night. This is very powerful. Doing it alone helps to keep your skin looking young.
But do not stop there.
Treat yourself to a spa experience once in a month. Visit a dermatologist every three months. Be careful of what comes in contact with your skin, from your clothes to your jewelry to your makeup. Make sure that they are safe and would not cause any reactions.
If you have a cut or wound, treat it immediately. When you notice a skin blemish, treat it immediately. Be conscious of the changes happening to your skin. If you do not like them, see a dermatologist, so you know the next step to take.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Take good care of it!
2. Get an anti-aging product
If you want to delay the appearance of aging signs, then you need to buy skincare products that can help you do so.
Your skincare routine should contain anti-aging products. You can watch out for ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, vitamin C, glycolic acid, Hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, etc.
These ingredients help to keep your skin blemish-free, attack aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, etc, boost the production of collagen in your skin, increase your skin’s elasticity and ultimately give you younger-looking skin.
3. Stay away from the sun
The sun is one of the biggest factors that cause aging.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause a lot of damage to your skin. If you are doing every other thing right and you expose your skin to the sun every day, your skin will still age drastically. It is that powerful.
What you need to do is get a broad-spectrum sunscreen, especially one with SPF 30 and above. Apply it on your skin before you step out of the house and every four hours afterwards, till you get back home.
Also, do not go out under the sun between 12pm and 4pm. The sun is at its hottest during that period.
Wear clothes that cover every part of your body. No low cuts or short clothes. Do not forget your hat or cap. Wear a sunshade. Take an umbrella along. If you have to wait for a while under the sun, find a shade.
Whatever you do, just make sure that your skin does not come in direct contact with the sun.
4. Make the necessary lifestyle changes
This is very important. There are a lot of things that you are doing that will make your skin age quickly and you have to stop them. These are some tips to guide you:
- Stay away from anything that stresses you out and take out a few minutes every day to relax.
- Do not smoke. It kills your skin and every other organ in your body.
- Reduce your intake of alcohol.
- Sleep at least eight hours a day. Give your skin cells time to rejuvenate.
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Do not sleep with your makeup on
- Go without makeup at least thrice in a week
- Always exfoliate
Aging is one thing we cannot stop. But we can delay the effects of aging on our skin. You can definitely look younger than you are.
Just follow the tips I have given you, and if you have any questions or contribution, leave a comment below.