Back to basics. We thought we would begin our aesthetics blog with a basic and non-exhaustive list of steps for maintaining youthful skin
1. Beauty Sleep
Beauty sleep can make a huge difference in your skin’s appearance
- Get at least seven or eight hours of sleep every night.
- Sleep on your back to avoid scrunching up the skin on your face and chest. In particular, avoid alcohol-induced dehydration and face wrinkles.
- Satin or silk pillow covers help reduce friction between your skin and the fabrics.
Take care to minimise environmental causes.
- Apply sunscreen everyday with an SPF 30. This is mandatory if you are outdoors during the day because more than 80% of photo-ageing is a direct consequence of sun exposure.
- Use (professional) face cleansers to cleanse your face. You may double-cleanse in the evening.
- Ensure all products utilised on the face and neck are appropriate to your skin and any conditions.
- Use gentle body wash.
- Dry your skin with a soft towel. Do not rub your skin just pat it.
- Use lukewarm water that cannot dry out the skin.
- Keep your showers as short as possible. Frequent washing and drying your skin can cause skin dehydration.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week.
- Hydrate skin daily, or more frequently depending on environmental conditions.
A healthy diet is essential in the fight against all forms of ageing, not just the signs of ageing skin.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, avocado, almonds etc.
- Utilise extra virgin olive oil at least once per week, with meals.
- Minimise alcohol consumption.
- Smoking is detrimental to skin health.
- Take supplements when the diet is lacking essential vitamins and nutrients to support one's cellular function and general well-being. See our Blog about EFA supplements - blog pending.
Getting fitter, even by a little bit, to improve general health and the appearance of your skin and body.
- Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, may help reverse some heart damage from normal ageing.
- Walking – another form of cardio – could help reduce the risk of heart failure.
- Strength-training moves like tai-chi are best for preserving muscles from age-related decline.
- Cycling may also protect your immune system from some age-related decline.
- Cardio workouts improve the look and feel of your skin
- Any form of mild to medium aerobic activity is crucial as it aids the lymphatic system, general heart and skin health.
5. Prevention & Maintenance
Premature skin aging can be managed, or reversed, by employing a dedicated maintenance program or regenerative intervention program. See our next Blog topic Premature Aging Versus Regenerative Aging for a"layman's" analysis of the aging process and the latest regenerative intervention, prevention and maintenance tools.