The ageing process starts sooner for some of us than it does for others. Have you ever stopped to think about why that is? The truth is, a lot of it has to do with the lifestyles we lead. Good habits, for example, are known to prevent the onset of ageing. Here are a few you should strive to incorporate into your usual routine to help keep ageing at bay.
Why You Should Maintain a Healthy Diet
What you eat makes more of a difference than you may tend to realize. Certain foods have the unfortunate ability to speed up the ageing process. Other ones, however, can stop it dead in its tracks. They’re the ones you’re going to want to start including in your diet.
Are you worried that it’ll take several months for their anti-aging benefits to appear? Depending on which food products you rely on for them, you can get results quickly. With oranges, for example, you may begin to notice an improvement in your skin within just one or two days of eating them.
Also, you’ll want to increase your intake of certain, healthy snacks. Dark chocolate, blueberries, and carrots are all excellent choices. A bar of dark chocolate contains flavanols, and they help improve the overall appearance of the skin. Additionally, they serve as a form of protection against the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure.
Blueberries have been shown to stave off wrinkles that are caused by the sun. There are a couple of ways you can incorporate them into your daily routine. Blueberries are a wonderful snacking option. You can toss some into your bowl of cereal in the morning, too.
Why should you start going out of your way to eat more carrots? They’re full of vitamin A that helps with the production of collagen. Maybe you’re wondering why this matters. Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin elastic and youthful. In the fight against ageing, you’ll certainly want to use all the help you can get.
What Exercise Can Do For You
Did you know that exercise can play a major role in prevention? In one study, individuals with extremely active lifestyles were considered to be biologically nine years younger than those with fairly inactive lifestyles. Among the various types of exercises that help, high intensity interval training has been found to be the best in the battle against aging.
According to the study, a workout that consists of running thirty minutes a day for five days a week is sufficient. That being said, you’ll want to work toward establishing an exercise routine that’ll consistently live up to the amount. Only then will you receive the many benefits that exercise has to offer.
Why You Need To Limit Sun Exposure
Here’s one that’ll really get you into trouble if you’re not being careful. You’ve heard a lot over the years about how getting too much sun can dramatically speed up the ageing process. You may think the claims are a bit exaggerated and over the top. While you may find it difficult to let go of your suspicions, you need to realise that the claims are, indeed, true.
Unfortunately, the sun’s UV rays have been shown time and time again to bring about wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots on the skin. In fact, they’re the same rays that cause the tanning effect. Considering how popular the quest for a tan is today, you can see how this has become a serious risk factor for aging. So, it’s important to keep in mind how much time you’re spending in the sun without the protection of sunscreen.
How Skincare Products can Help
Skincare products tend to work very well against the symptoms of aging. Ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone, and the alpha hydroxy acids are all great for this and will do absolute wonders for your skin. Retinol is used for wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. Hydroquinone will get rid of a bad complexion by eliminating discoloration and blotchiness.
Finally, the alpha hydroxy acids are used to brighten the skin and improve the appearance of unattractive lines. They’re also said to aid in the absorption of other ingredients that offer similar, anti-aging benefits. Knowing which ingredients work best ahead of time will save you time and money in the long run. Not to mention, it’ll give you the results you want sooner.
Ageing doesn’t have to start now. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly means you’ve already won half the battle. Limiting sun exposure and choosing the right skincare products will be sure to give you the final victory. Sometimes, remembering to do the little things can make the biggest difference.
Dr. Philip S. Schoenfeld of Renu Artful Medicine is an experienced plastic surgeon. He’s double board certified in Otolaryngology. Dr. Schoenfeld performs rejuvenation for an aging face and other procedures in Maryland.
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