We have been raised in a society who would prefer younger over older every single time. We have grown up thinking that younger is more beautiful and that getting (or looking) older is something that we should shy away from.
Because of this, many of us have spent thousands of dollars and lots of time and effort in ensuring that we will look younger for as long as we possibly can. However, it is about time that we understand the fact that the fountain of youth is a myth and that ageing is inevitable. But before you get too depressed about this simple revelation, we suggest that you continue reading.
Is it possible to slow down the ageing process?
It is true that ageing is inevitable (here I go, bursting your bubble again) but looking aged can be avoided (now that is a cause for celebration!). And in addition to that, while you cannot find a way to prevent ageing from taking place, you can find ways on how you can slow down the process.
Ways to slow down ageing
Now that you know what you can do about ageing, we are here to share with you some of the tried and tested ways on how you can slow down the process. As we all know, ageing is caused by a wide array of factors including sun exposure, genetics, stress, and other scientific factors that experts are talking about.
Knowing what the possible causes are can help us determine how we can slow it down. Considering all these, here are some of the ways on how to slow down ageing:
Invest time and effort in your grooming routine
We know that you have already the basic steps of the regimen down pat—cleanse, tone and moisturise. But if you wish to slow down the ageing process, you would need to perform more skin care steps than these basic ones.
The first thing that you need to do is to go for a moisturizer that has sun protection (keep in mind that sun exposure is one of the most common causes of ageing). Make sure to use a moisturizer that has an SPF of 50 or more in the morning before you step out of your home. If you are staying under the sun all day, make sure to reapply it after every two hours.
Second, you need to add a lightweight serum to your regimen. A serum is jam-packed with nutrients and vitamins that are highly beneficial to your skin. Since this product is lightweight, it can also deeply penetrate the layers of your skin (unlike most of the products that you use which just simply sits atop of your skin). Make sure to apply serum first before you put on your moisturizer.
Lastly, you may also want to add retinol to the mix. This is a vitamin A derivative and a well-known anti-ageing supplement. This topical product is said to boost the collagen production in the skin, helping to retain skin elasticity and improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines—the most noticeable sign of ageing. Aside from addressing the existing signs of ageing, experts claim that it can also prevent the development of new ones.
Stop stress in its tracks
Another one of the main causes of ageing is stress, especially chronic stress. That is why it is important that you try to prevent stress as much as possible. And since stress has also been linked to a wide array of health issues, many people have discovered lots of ways on how they can be able to stop stress in its tracks.
One of the most common ways is to practice mindfulness meditation. Studies have shown that this can lower the risk of depression, and anxiety. At the same time, this simple practice can also help improve your mental health. Make sure to do this on a regular basis so you can reap its benefits.
Another great way to stop stress is to get outside. Be active and work out outside now and then. If you are too lazy to work out, the least that you can do is to walk, take the time to smell the flowers and take in the scenery. The change in the environment can certainly give you the break you need from your stressful and hectic schedule.
Watch what you eat
If you wish to slow down ageing, you need to do that from deep within—start with what you eat. Keep in mind that free radicals (these are the substances that may cause signs of ageing) do not just come from the environment—you can get them from what you eat as well.
With that in mind, we suggest that you shy away from junk foods as well as foods that are greasy, salty and too sweet. Instead, incorporate more vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and seeds in your diet. These are rich in antioxidants that can neutralize the free radical damage in your body.
Get enough sleep
We know you have been hearing this for almost the rest of your life, but we cannot stress how important it is for you to get your beauty sleep if you want to stay younger for longer. According to research, seven hours of sleep is recommended. Anything shorter or longer than that can increase your risk of ageing.
Sometimes, living a healthy life, eating right, exercising and taking care of your skin is not good enough. You may also need supplementation. Lucky for you, there are available natural supplements that can replenish the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. Some of the recommended supplements to prevent ageing are CoQ10, vitamins E and C.
Ageing may be inevitable, but you can try to slow down the entire process so you can still be able to look younger for longer. Try all the tips and solutions that we have mentioned above and rest assured; you can enjoy a younger looking you for longer!