Seven ways to prevent premature aging

Seven ways to prevent premature aging

Protect your skin from the sun: Exposure to the UV rays of the sun can damage your skin leading to premature aging in the form of hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, wrinkles or freckles. To prevent this, always use a sunscreen above 30 SPF before you step out and also when indoors.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin E & C: These vitamins are rich in antioxidants that help prevent free radicals from damaging skin cells. They improve the elasticity and suppleness of your skin. Foods such as nuts, dairy products, seeds, vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, chilis, kiwis and lemons are rich in these vitamins.

Keep stress at bay: When you are under stress, your skin and hair directly reflect that. Do things that calm your senses and relax you. Practice meditation and yoga. Paint, sing, cook, run or work out if that is what keeps you centered.

Always remove your makeup: Sleeping with makeup on clogs your pores which can result in breakouts or even wrinkles. It is essential you remove any makeup on your face before going to bed. This helps your skin breathe and prevents dirt or other impurities from seeping into it.

Moisturize: As soon as you step out of the bath or shower, apply a layer of moisturizer to your body to lock in moisture. Look for ingredients like glycerin, mineral oil, or hyaluronic acid, which help hold moisture in the skin.

Stay hydrated: Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated, supple and smooth. Dehydration can speed up the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Treatment for Puffy eyes: As you age, the skin under your eyes becomes thin. You develop dark circles and a prominent puffiness that could be due to fluid retention or fat herniation caused by the loss of elasticity in the tissue around the eyes.