Aging is a normal human process – but over the years I’ve talked to a lot of health experts about the aging process. I, like many of my listeners, like to look for ways to keep a youthful glow and fight off wrinkles, dark spots and dullness for as long as I can. I make sure to include a selection of anti-aging products in my skincare routine, but I also started incorporating a few anti-aging tricks in my daily routine on top of my skincare. They’re not quick fixes and they don’t necessarily slow down the aging process, but they’re daily and lifelong habits that’ll give your skin a fighting chance the earlier you adopt them. So, here are five little anti-aging practices experts agree on…
You’ve heard this 1,000 times – but it’s true. Sun damage is the fastest way to damage your skin and the number one cause of premature aging. UV lights break down collagen and elastin, which are two vital proteins that keep your skin from starting to droop and crease. I make sure to wear at least SPF 30 every day!
Oh, and a quick little tip: don’t forget to apply SPF to your hands, neck and chest. Especially if you spend a lot of time in your car, your hands get lots of direct sunlight and can age quickly.
Get enough sleep
We’re all familiar with dark circles, eye bags and droopy eyelids from not getting enough sleep – but it’s the lack of sleep that causes the skin under your eyes to start thinning, and that’s what leads to all these problems. Your skin cells regenerate as you sleep and produce the two proteins we love – collagen and elastin. So if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin cells have less time to recuperate. I try to shoot for 7-9 hours of interrupted sleep every night!
Eat your antioxidants
Antioxidants (like vitamin C and vitamin B12) help your body produce DNA and red blood cells, reduce inflammation and free radicals and stimulate collagen production. Which in turn helps your skin repair itself. You can get your daily dose of antioxidants in foods like oranges, blueberries (I love this blueberry compote breakfast bowl), goji berries, kale, spinach and red bell peppers. I like to get my antioxidants from my daily morning matcha!
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water is the key to bright and plump skin. Water helps your skin maintain moisture, which has an endless list of anti-aging benefits – like tighter skin, reduced puffiness, fewer wrinkles, faster healing, improved complexion and a healthy pH balance. I like to keep a cup of water next to my bed and on my desk and carry a water bottle with me at all times so I never forget to hydrate!
Move your body
Exercising has a plethora of health benefits, not just for your body, but your mind as well. It increases blood flow, promotes brain health, protects against chronic disease, improves mood, helps with digestion… the list goes on and on. Most importantly though, it has tons of anti-aging benefits. This doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself at the gym though. A 30-minute walk or some gentle stretching is all you need to reap the benefits.
I’d love to know what some or your anti-aging hacks are!