The anti-aging skincare industry is booming – and there is no indication that it will slow down any time soon. The fact is, anyone born before 1982 is a likely consumer of anti-aging skincare products and services, and is embracing an anti-aging lifestyle (healthy eating, exercise, etc.).
- 42% of women say they will consider anti-aging injections or plastic surgery if they think it will help them look younger
- 37% of Hispanic women use anti-aging creams
- 36% of Caucasian women use anti-aging creams
- 25% of African-American women use anti-aging creams
More Facts….Did you know?
Most women think of themselves as old at age 55, while most men think they are old at age 59
Well, here is how you can look younger longer and preserve that youthful glow well beyond your 50s… but you need to start now!
12 Ways to Look Younger Longer
Aging is a natural process. It happens to everything and everyone. The breakdown of youthful skin starts in your 20s when hormone levels begin to drop. The process is exacerbated by environmental damage like UV exposure, poor eating and drinking habits, lack of exercise and sleep. But there are ways to turn back the clock (or slow it down), and erase years from your looks.
These remedies may sound simple, (many good things are) – you just have to implement them to see the changes:
#1 Load up on Supplements like fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids. These keep the skin hydrated, softer and more supple which ultimately helps to prevent the onset on fine lines and wrinkles.
#2 Drink coconut water. Apart from delivering loads of antioxidants to fight free radicals in your body to keep collagen and elastin levels up, coconut water is super hydrating.
#3 Use sunscreen every day. One of the simplest, yet most overlooked anti-aging strategy. Daily application of sunscreen will prevent 80% of all aging and skin-damaging factors.
#4 Stop wrinkles before they start (or minimize them if they are already there). Use a prescription-strength retinoid to strengthen the skin’s barrier, boost the production of collagen, and stimulate cellular turnover.
#5 Stop eating sugar. Sugar is responsible for the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in premature aging. That’s because sugar molecules bind to the collagen and elastin and degrade it. It gets worse – sugar consumption is also responsible for increasing the damage caused by the sun.
#6 Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating regularly keeps the pores clear, improves cellular turnover to reveal healthy, clear skin and it improves the absorption of skincare products for maximum effect.
#7 Use a quality anti-aging skincare product. There are dozens of products to choose from, so select one that has cell renewal qualities to keep skin strong and firm like Phyto-Cell Renewal Cream from New Age Skincare – it has Swiss Apple stem cell technology to not only stimulate collagen production, but it slows down the aging process of the cell – quite extraordinary!
#8 Always remove makeup, oil and debris from your skin at night. Failure to properly cleanse at night is probably the worst thing you can do since this is the time your skin is most reactive. So if it’s still covered in oil, old makeup and the day’s grime, then your skin will reflect the results.
#9 Get plenty of sleep. Night time is the best time to restore the skin. That’s when cell renewal rate is higher and cell regeneration is faster. In fact, research tells us that cell regeneration doubles at night, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. when the production of collagen is maximized, free radicals are neutralized, and cell damage is restored.
#10 Nourish your skin at night. Because the skin is in its peak ‘restorative mode’ at night, this is the best time to apply a quality anti-aging skincare treatment (after cleansing). The benefits of your night time treatment are maximized during this regeneration phase.
#11 Eat a healthy diet. You are what you eat. Eating a healthy diet is essential to keeping the skin healthy, supple, clear and properly balanced. To learn more about eating for healthy skin, read our article on Foods for Healthy Skin.
#12 Manage your stress. Stress wreaks as much damage to the skin as overexposure to the sun and smoking. That’s because stress raises cortisol and adrenaline levels which can lead to inflammation, breakouts, eczema, psoriasis and ultimately, wrinkles. Believe it or not, just three minutes a day of meditation helps drop stress levels by building neural connectors to calm your system down. If meditation is not your thing, soak in a warm salt or milk bath at night and double down on the benefits to your skin.