There are things that we can't change like our genes, although gene editing is being carried out by researchers in the name of health and science. The ageing process is also something, which we can't avoid, but some changes are still within our capabilities.
Protect skin from the sun's harmful rays
If being in the open and under the sun is unavoidable, ensure that adequate skin protection care is adhered to. Applying sunscreen, seeking shade whenever possible and wearing proper clothing all helps in reducing the risk of sun damage.
Tone down on tanning sessions
Each time the body is exposed for the purpose of skin tanning, it facilitates premature ageing. Whether it is tanning at the beach or at a salon, the effects of the harmful UV rays emitted are the same.
The detrimental health effects of smoking are common knowledge. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels, which impairs the ability for healthy blood flow to the skin. The skin will then be deprived of oxygen and nutrients resulting in premature ageing.
Consume less alcohol
Alcohol dehydrates the skin and over time, damages it. A common visible effect is an aged appearance.
Consume a healthy and well-balanced diet
The benefits of a healthy diet can never be overemphasised. It encourages and promotes, among many things, healthy blood flow essential for healthy skin. Cut down on sugar and refined carbs. Do include items such as fruits and vegetables as a staple in your diet.
You don't have to go on an intensive routine as moderation with regular practice is much more preferred. Exercise improves our body's circulation and boosts the immune system. You'll feel more energetic and rejuvenated – looking so as well.
Practise good cleansing habits
Be gentle when washing your skin. Scrubbing too hard only irritates the skin and this is never good in the long run. Wash your face at least twice daily to ensure that it is hydrated. The weather can wreak havoc on the skin without us even realising it. Remember to apply a suitable moisturiser as well.
Choose the right products
Just because it looks good and seems to do the job for others or even as advertised; it does not necessarily imply that it will work for your skin. Know and understand your skin type and purchase the appropriate products for better and desired results. These also include the importance of opting for suitable skin treatments.