It is unavoidable that as we age, our body undergoes cellular changes which are often the results of various pollutants. We are often exposed to toxins that have harmful effects on the largest organ of the body, our skin. Our daily exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause damage to the collagen fibers of our skin and can lead to premature aging.
Recent researches in skin care often focus on delaying skin aging, and most of these have studied the importance of collagen in keeping or renewing the skin’s natural elasticity. Collagen is naturally produced in the body. However, once it gets depleted, the time it will take for the skin to regain elasticity will be about 30 years.
Thus, dermatological products using products that can stimulate production of collagen have become quite popular in reducing signs of aging. Although most of the results are still in early stages, there have been substantial data to prove that products rich in olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter are great sources of collagen stimulating compounds that can bring benefits to an aging skin.
There are also other steps you can do to delay aging, aside from using products with collagen stimulating compounds. Here are some of them:
1. Protect your skin from the glaring effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays by applying a sunscreen lotion.
2. Quit smoking and avoid drinking too much alcohol. Both products, nicotine and alcohol, have been found to accelerate cellular damage which contributes to premature aging.
3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables; take Vitamin C and E supplements. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of Vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that can prevent further cellular damage. Vitamin E is known to delay aging and increase skin elasticity.
4. Drink plenty of water. Water serves as the medium for transporting essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for healthy, vibrant looking skin.
5. Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep results to tired-looking skin. If it is not possible to get a straight 8 hour sleep, compensate by taking short naps during the day.
6. Avoid stress. One of the major reasons for skin that looks old and dry is one’s inability to cope with stress. Stress can lead to sleepless nights which can affect the skin’s quality. You can manage stress by having a positive attitude, learning how to relax and finding joy even in the simple things in life.
7. Clean your face regularly and apply skin moisturizers especialy before you sleep. Choose skin care products that are rich in natural products such as shea butter, coconut virgin oil and green tea. These products are recommended for their skin-enriching and anti oxidant properties.
Premature aging can be prevented by proper skin care, the right nutrition, plenty of sleep, and the use of collagen stimulating skin products. Ask your dermatologist for other recommendations to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.