Our skin is one of the first areas of the body to reveal signs of ageing. While, to a certain extent, age-related changes are inevitable, healthy lifestyle choices and good skin care go a long way to keep it looking its fittest.
Follow these risk reduction strategies:
Limit your time in the sun
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature ageing of the skin, called ‘photo ageing'. Want proof? Compare the skin on your hands to that on your buttocks. Avoid sunbathing; wear a hat, loose fitting long clothing and sunglasses; and slap on an SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Stub out cigarettes
Smoking encourages skin wrinkling and is thought to accelerate the damage caused by sun exposure.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy body often means healthy skin. Foods particularly great for the skin are those high in vitamin C – like oranges, broccoli and strawberries! Essential fatty acids found in fish also benefit the skin.
Easy does it
Be gentle with your skin and avoid using harsh or heavily-perfumed soaps. The same can be said for swimming in heavily chlorinated pools or having long hot showers. Opt for neutral pH balanced soaps and body washes.
Rich moisturisers can help prevent skin dryness. As dry skin can become fragile and more prone to damage, this is good practice for keeping skin in top condition.