The Bad Habits That Are Ageing Your Skin - And How To Beat Them

Skin being the most important and largest organ of the body deserves immense care and love. As we begin to age, our skin begins to lose its youthful fullness and may show visible signs like wrinkles and spots. While we cannot control the natural ageing process, we can prevent premature ageing. Environmental and lifestyle choices can affect the health of your skin and must be fixed early on. Fortunately, you do not have to go miles to ensure the wellbeing of your skin. Ace the basics and you are good to go!


Keep away from harsh sun rays

The sun is the worst offender when it comes to the premature ageing of the skin. Avoid too much unprotected exposure to the sun, even during winter as it increases the risk of developing liver spots, wrinkles, and a ruddy complexion. For when you step out, apply a UV protector that creates a barrier on your skin against harsh sun exposure. The Loreal Paris UV Protect Transparent Skin could be your perfect pick. Enriched with Anti-Oxidant complex and Activa cells, it protects your skin against darkening and premature ageing. We recommend that you use this non-greasy formulation indoors as well.


Stay away from pollutants

Pollution alters the skin's elasticity, making it lose its suppleness. Cleanse your skin daily using a suitable and gentle cleanse. Avoid walking on heavily polluted main roads when you can choose alternate routes. Cover your face with a scarf when out and use a calming mist to keep your skin fresh.


Manage stress effectively

Our hectic lifestyles cause us to become stressed, which in turn releases damaging hormones into our bodies (hello, cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine). Too much of these hormones suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and sugar, and lead to skin damage such as inflammation and acne. To stay calm and relieve stress, try taking a walk, doing some yoga, or meditating. If you find you fall asleep while still feeling stressed, try relaxing breathing exercises or guided imagery. Focus your attention on an image or a story, so that your mind can let go of the worries that are keeping you up.


Maintain a healthy diet

Excess intake of salt, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates are detrimental to our health. These components oxidize the body, damage collagen, and promote the appearance of wrinkles at an alarming rate. Stock up your fridge with fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, fish, and lean meats instead. Consume whole meals whenever you can while stiring away from processed foods.


Practise healthy lifestyle habits

Unhealthy practises like not getting adequate sleep, smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, and leading a sedentary lifestyle can do more harm to your skin that imaginable. They alter the natural functions of your body and cause premature ageing. Aim to get seven hours of sleep a night, give up the cigarettes, reduce alcohol intake, and try to exercise twice a week.


Stay well-hydrated

Dehydration causes ageing, causing wrinkles, bags, and a sallow complexion. Aim to drink 1.5 litres of non-alcoholic beverages a day. Sip on detoxifying drinks like juices, lemon water, and calming teas. Keep your skin hydrated by using a moisturiser every morning and night. Not moisturising daily can leave the skin unprotected and prone to damage.

The right skincare practices and healthy lifestyle habits go a long way in retaining its natural beauty. Practise these simple tricks and remember, the key is to ‘age gracefully’.