25 July 2013

Woman with vibrant skinIn order to combat the signs of time, you must first understand the two ways in which skin ages according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The natural ageing process, otherwise known as intrinsic aging, refers to the effect genes have on the skin. In this process, collagen production begins to slow down so skin appears to lose elasticity.Unlike the natural aging process, extrinsic ageing is the result of environmental factors. The US National Institute of Health says sunlight is the major environmental factor but bad habits play a huge role in how fast skin ages. Other external problems include lack of sleep, exercise, cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. Here are some tips to reduce the impact they can have on your skin.SleepBeauty sleep is a real thing and irregular sleeping patterns can have a negative effect on your skin. The less you sleep, the faster you skin will age.Take your make up offGoing directly to bed without removing your make up can speed up ageing. The dirt and pollution builds up on your skin throughout the day can lead to unwanted breakouts when you wake up in the morning.Sun protectionThe main cause of extrinsic ageing is excessive sun exposure you should never go outside without applying a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). Without it, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate the skin and accelerate ageing.No exerciseExercise whether moderate or high intensity will help tone your muscles and continue blood circulation throughout your body. All of this is good for your skin.