Take, for example, two people of the exactly same age: one of them looks ten years younger while the other looks ten years older. In looks there are 20 years between them, but in reality they are the same age. How can this be? While there are many anti-ageing tips out there, let’s take a refresher and have a look at some of the best ones of all time.
Unless you are one of those fortunate ladies who don’t look older with grey hair, and yes they do exist. You will have to get rid of the grey. Stay away from the darker shades even if you were dark when younger. The dark shades are too harsh for the older person, cover the grey with lighter tones. A really good hairdresser will be your hair’s best friend. If you are not satisfied with your hairdresser, the best thing you can do is ask friends and colleagues for recommendations. You’ll know you have found the right one when you leave your hair appointment feeling a million dollars. A great hairdresser is able to work wonders; they are the best people to consult, especially when it comes to your locks and what styles take years of your face.
For your skin care routine, look for products that contain the ingredients Retinol, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, it is one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients available over the counter today. It has been proven to smooth wrinkles and improve the skin’s texture. If using a product containing Retinol for the first time it can cause skin irritation due to its potency, so best to introduce it to your skin care routine gradually to give the skin time to adjust.
Niancinamide is derived from vitamin B3, it can be used as a lightening agent for age spots and to even out skin tone. It is also been linked to reversing the appearance of sun damage.
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant which means that it has the ability to draw water. Hyaluronic acid helps retain water within the skin cells making it an excellent moisturiser. There is no other ingredient that can hold as much moisture therefore it is useful in smoothing out fine lines.
Vitamin c activates an anti inflammatory response which in turn causes the skin to rebuild collagen and elastin, which helps exfoliate and remove dead cells and reverse signs of premature ageing. The result is an improvement in the overall appearance of the skin.
When it comes to make up it should be noted that as skin ages it tends to get drier, this can cause foundation to gather in the creases of the skin. To prevent this from occurring, use moisturiser followed by a good primer before putting on foundation.
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Make up, Lotions, creams and serums are all great, but lifestyle is what really will help slow the anti-ageing process.
Refraining from drinking excessively and not smoking are the best places to start, along with good clean healthy food and antioxidants.
Anti oxidants: Antioxidants are particularly great for anti-ageing. They protect skin from free radicals which are present in our everyday environment. Free radicals can be damaging to skin cells. The function of anti-oxidants are to fight free radicals lessening their negative impact on our cells.
Smoking: It causes blood vessels to constrict and brings on premature aging faster than in a non-smoker. The best anti-aging advice a smoker can be given is; there is no better time to stop than right now.
Stress: More often than not we see people in stressful jobs or living in trying situations who look physically older than someone who has a simple way of life. Free yourself of stress, it is one of the many causes of premature aging.
Whenever you find yourself in a compromising situation, look for the positive side instead of dwelling in something that will possibly not eventuate anyway. Small problems are more successfully dealt with without stress getting in the way.
Exercise: There is one common theme with people who live to be one hundred. Nearly all of them say that they still exercise on a regular basis. That should be enough to get you off the couch.
In reality you cannot stop the clock from ticking, in what seems like a youth obsessed culture, try to remember it is not essential to look younger than your years. The best thing you can do is not put yourself under pressure to look years younger; but instead stick to looking the best you can for whatever age you are right now.