Anti-aging tips: 7 Proven Ways to Defy and Reverse Premature Aging

The process of premature aging is steady and barely noticeable. You rarely notice the wrinkles and skin sagging, but when it arrives, it hits you hard. The signs of aging can hit you earlier than the usual age of 40. Overly dry skin, red eyes, and sagging skins could be a few of the ways your body warns you of aging. Your biological age details how well your body functions and it can be lower or higher than your actual age. Aging signs are indications that your biological age is higher than chronological age.

Fortunately, you can defy and reverse premature aging by changing your lifestyle. You can look younger without the need for cosmetic surgery and Botox. What you need to fight or reverse premature aging are simple changes to your diet and day-to-day life.

Exercise

You can defy premature aging through regular exercise. Take care of your physical body if you want to reverse and fight signs of aging. Research indicates that the benefits of regular exercise go beyond muscle and weight loss; they enhance your immune system too. Consequently, exercise prevents and handles signs of premature aging. You can liaise with an Expert PT for an ideal exercise schedule to help you achieve your goal of defying premature aging.

Wear Sunscreen

Whether it is sunny or rainy, wearing sunscreen every day ought to be part of your daily routine. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays that speed up the process of aging. The sunscreen you choose to apply ought to have water resistance. Make sure you read through the sunscreen ingredients to make sure that it has Mexoryl, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. Do not forget to apply on your arms, neck, and hands. Also, reapply sunscreen every three hours, depending on the amount of direct sun exposure you experience, sweating, and swimming.

Drink Lots of Water

The human body responds the same way as a plant when you water it. The difference is that you notice symptoms of dehydration much slower than in a plant. Water is vital in digestion, blood circulation, elimination of toxins, and absorption of essential nutrients. Dehydrated skin looks dry and ultimately older than usual. The more hydrated you are, the fewer wrinkles you notice on your skin. Water assists in moisturizing your skin and increasing elasticity.

Kick the Sugar

Collagen is a protein that plays an essential role in elasticity and strength. The protein naturally reduces as you age. Also, a low diet with more refined carbohydrates increases the decline. When you take too much sugar that combines with collagen, it makes your skin to lose elasticity. Consequently, your skin becomes exposed to fine lines, sagging, and sun damage. Therefore, you can defy premature aging by taming your sweet tooth.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is among the most underrated factors when it comes to defying and reversing premature aging. Enough rest makes you younger than your biological age. Getting quality sleep gives your body enough time to produce new cells and repair the day’s damage that accelerates the aging process. When you fail to get quality sleep, your body doesn’t have the right amount of human growth hormone. Quality sleep reduces cortisol levels, which enables your skin to regenerate and protect itself from premature aging.

Meditation

People ought to stop viewing meditation as an activity of the high and mighty. Stress is among the most significant contributors to premature aging. You can reduce stress through meditation and ultimately defy premature aging. Less stress means that you have lower anxiety. Meditation, for even 10 to 15 minutes, allows you to have a better understanding of yourself, helping you to have improved positivity and clear thinking. Additionally, meditation reduces age-related memory loss, improve quality of life, and reverse premature aging.

Skincare Routine

A good skincare routine helps in defying and reversing premature aging. The routine ought to entail an eye cream, toner, and a good moisturizer. You can buy skincare products containing hyaluronic acid and Retin A if you are afraid of wrinkles and fine lines. These ingredients are effective in defying signs of aging.

Even people with signs of premature aging can reverse the process with the above tips. You give your skin the chance to repair skin damages through regular exercise, meditation, and using sunscreen. You may want to consult a dermatologist if premature aging bothers you. Less-invasive procedures and lifestyle changes give people younger-looking skin. Similarly, it would help to keep your eyes hydrated to avoid red eyes and wrinkles around your eye skin.

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Although the sun has several benefits, ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin if you are doing little to protect yourself. According to Cancer Research UK, skin cancer deaths in the country have risen by 150% since the 1970s. Therefore, it is vital to take precautions to protect yourself against complications that can arise from prolonged sun exposure. That said, here are four handy tips to protect yourself from sun damage.

  1. Accessorise with a hat and sunglasses

Apart from being trendy, adding a hat and a pair of sunglasses to your look will protect you from sun damage. Experts recommend wearing a broad-brimmed hat with at least a two-inch brim that covers exposed areas like your eyes, nose, ears and forehead. Straw hats and baseball caps are not as effective in protecting you. UV-blocking sunglasses will protect your eyes and surrounding skin. Many optometrists advise that shades are not necessarily protecting your eyes because UV protection comes from a chemical in your lens and not its darkness. Therefore, always check the labels on glasses for “UV absorption” confirmation to ensure that you receive the best protection when you are outside. 

  1. Use sunscreen

Scientists have established a link between UV rays and skin cancer, meaning your unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays leaves your skin vulnerable to damage. Avoiding the sun is the surest but an impractical way of preventing sun damage. This is why you should use sunscreen for protection when you are outside. Many skincare experts recommend that you choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) number. You should apply sunscreen on all areas of your exposed skin at least thirty minutes before leaving home and reapply every two hours for best results. Colorescience has sunscreens that you should check out to protect you from the sun. 

  1. Wear appropriate outfits

Your clothing is essential in protecting yourself from the sun. Wearing long pants, skirts, and long-sleeved shirts protect you from UV rays. On sunny days, wear darker clothing, as UV rays reflect off dark materials while penetrating the light fabric. You should wear clothes made from denim and polyester, as they block the sun’s rays too. Many companies now manufacture comfortable, protective clothing that protects against sun damage. Look for sun-protective clothes with high UV Protection Factors (UPF) to protect your skin.

  1. Limit your time in the sun

It would help if you reduced the time spent outside to protect you from sunburn and potential skin cancer. Research shows that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 am to 4 pm. Consequently, you should schedule outdoor activities in a way that circumvents this period. If you have to be outside within this time, bring an umbrella along or seek shade under trees and other shelters. Experts recommend practising the “shadow rule” for sun protection. The rule requires you to seek shade anytime your shadow is shorter than you, as this means the sun’s rays are too powerful. Doing this limits your sun exposure and prevents sunburn.

Deviant Cookies Gift Box*

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been something. I’m pretty sure no-one could have predicted quite how disastrously it’s turned out, but despite the challenges, a few good things have come of it – and one of the most delicious has to be Deviant Cookies – a brand new mail order service bringing the most decadent goodies right through your letterbox.

I was very kindly treated to a selection box of six flavours (chocolate chip, chocolate walnut, funfetti, Biscoff, Red Velvet and Oreo) to try, and honestly everything from the super chic packaging, to the yummy treats inside completely made my day. After all, these aren’t your regular biscuits, instead Deviant Cookies make some of the biggest treats I’ve come across, and in a stroke of genius, they all come individually wrapped, so you can stash them in the freezer, then pop them in the oven for five minutes whenever you’re in need of a sweet treat.

The warming them back up in the oven makes them all oozy, with a soft centre and gooey fillings. A few of the flavour options (funfetti, red velvet and Biscotti) have surprise centres, so these get especially gooey when heated – a seriously guilty pleasure!

The choice of flavours available is really bang-on. It’s so hard getting fun, more American styles of cookie – especially those like the funfetti, so I feel like Deviant are really offering something super special.

I know it’s Halloween at the end of the week, but with a few weeks to go until Christmas, I think a box of Deviant’s finest would make an awesome gift. They come packaged beautifully, and they fit straight through the postbox, so you don’t need to worry about those annoying missed parcel slips.

The fact that they come individually parcelled, also means you could buy a few a slot them into people’s stockings or gift bags for an extra delicious treat!

The cookies are priced at £4 each, and a box of 6 is £24. You can find them here

Guinot Creme Youth Perfect Finish Cream*

When it comes to my daily routine, I like to keep things as simple as possible. Unless I’m out and meeting a client, I don’t like to bother with too much makeup. My skin always looks and feels so much better when I leave it alone, but I prefer going about my day with a little ‘something’ on. I’ve found pretty much the perfect solution in the form of Guinot’s Creme Youth Perfect Finish Cream.

Sitting somewhere between makeup and skincare, the Youth Perfect Finish Cream has become my daily go-to. Smoothed on after my regular serum, it’s got a beautifully hydrating formula which works in place of a regular moisturiser (or, when my skin is feeling dry, I use it in addition to a moisturiser). I just use my fingers to smooth it in, and as it’s worked into skin, pigments within the formula explode, allowing it, rather magically, to match every skin tone, leaving skin looking seriously fresh and radiant. It’s a light coverage which evens skin tone and disguises blemishes, whilst leaving the perfect amount of glow.

It’s such a clever cream, and I love the fact that, even during seasonal changes, when I would normally have to deal with changing the colour of my base, that Guinot’s Creme Youth Perfect will just adapt with my skin tone, no matter how pale or tan I become. Not only does it hydrate and even out skin, but with extended use it restores youthfulness and firmness, evens skin tone and minimises dark spots. There is even SPF50 to protect against damaging rays. As someone who often forgets this step (my skin gets weird about standalone SPF products, so I have to be careful) I love the fact that I can enjoy sun protection all year long.

Guinot Creme Youth Perfect Finish Cream is priced at £50 and is available here

MAC Lipglass – Frosted Firework – Twinsies

MAC Cosmetics’ Christmas collections are among my favourites every year. I’m not sure quite how they do it, but their mixing of wearable bits combined with sparkling packaging is always a winner for me. I usually stock up on a few bits which I can use whenever – a glittering eyeliner, a fun gloss, and this year is no different. I’m kind of obsessed with how pink and shiny the whole Frosted Firework line is – it’s so pretty and fun, it’s just nice to have it kicking about in your makeup bag, and the makeup in the collection is surprisingly wearable. There are a lot of beautiful neutral tones, with a few punchy red and pinks in there for good measure.

Since I’m trying to cut back on how much I’m buying, I limited myself to a single Lipglass, although I’d happily treat myself to the brushes, shadows, lipsticks and liners if money was no option. One of five available shades, Twinsies looked like pretty much a perfect nude gloss. One the website it looked like a peachy-pink, but in reality it’s a little darker, and far cooler tone than their photos might suggest. Even though it’s not exactly what I was expecting, it’s very pretty on the lips.

Possibly my favourite thing about the gloss is the iconic MAC formula – from the sweet vanilla scent to the smack of stickiness, I always feel about 14 when I use it. The colour is a bit darker and more opaque than I was expecting, so rather than just using the doe foot applicator like I normally would, I just tap it on with a finger. The result is a pretty ‘your-lips-but-better’ shade which is perfect for winter days. Since I use my finger, it’s not as glossy as it is applied direct, but there is still a flattering amount of shine. Like all MAC glosses, you get a good wear-time thanks to the sticky formula – I easily get two to three hours before I notice the colour fading.

MAC Cosmetics Lipglass – Frosted Firework – Twinsies is priced at £16.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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