14 November 2016
Here’s the Skin Age Test you can do on your Lunch Break
It’s no secret that, as we get older, our skin can lose its elasticity. We use rafts of lotions and potions to try and reverse the effects, but do you ever think that your skin could be in better condition? Or worse?
American journalist and gerontologist, Dr Alexis Abramson, has identified a nifty skin test that can reveal the true age of your skin. The good news? It takes just a few seconds.
How do I do the test?
All you need to do is pinch the skin on the back of your hand with your thumb and forefinger, to test its elasticity. Hold the skin taught for five seconds, then let go. Next, time how long your skin takes to flatten out again, and this will give you a ‘skin age’ estimate.
How do I interpret the results?
Effectively, the longer your skin takes to flatten out, the older it is. Through her studies, Dr Abramson has outlined some key skin age groups:
- One to two seconds: less than 30 years old.
- Three to four seconds: 30 – 44 years old.
- Five to nine seconds: 45 – 50 years old.
- 10 to 15 seconds: 60 years old.
- 35 to 55 seconds: 70 years old.
- 56 seconds or more: more than 70 years old.
The good news is that, if you’re worried about your result, there are plenty of things you can do to protect the health of your skin.
What can I do?
Skincare doesn’t just involve cleansing, toning and moisturising. In fact, the best skincare starts with small tweaks to your everyday life. Here are some of our experts’ top tips:
Use sun protection
UV rays aren’t just responsible for sun burn. They can cause skin to age prematurely and, in the worst case scenario, cause cancer. Wearing sun protection goes a long way to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, even on bright winter days. Foundations containing an SPF are essential.
Smoking is one of the main causes of sagging skin. By quitting, or at least cutting back, you’ll be doing your body’s largest organ (and your body itself) a huge favour.
You really are what you eat. By filling your body with the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals, you’re feeding your skin everything it needs to flourish. Drinking the recommended two litres of water per day can also help rid your skin of toxins.
Get some rest
Lack of sleep can lead to dull, tired-looking skin. When you sleep, your body works to heal itself, so it makes sense that when you’re deprived of a good night’s rest, it can’t do this properly. As a result, your skin is affected, along with the rest of your body.
Taking care of your skin is easier than you might think, whatever your age. Do you have any skincare tips of your own that could help those concerned by their ‘skin age’? Let us know on Twitter – we’d love to hear them.