Keep the Fountain of Youth Flowing Longer

Khalida Naushad | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021
Look Keep the Fountain of Youth Flowing Longer

Khalida Naushad 

Ceylon Today Features

Time can dim your glow, as aging is inevitable, someone said. But I withstand this idea because a recent incident left me wondering if time and age always has to dim your glow? Or if we can work on keeping ourselves youthful. Recently, I happened to visit a friend of my mother who is in her late 50s. Although that age, I was surprised by her youthful and beautiful look. I have come across many people like her but the perfect example I would say is this specific aunt I met. In fact, this is what almost everyone wishes for. A forever-glowing skin and youthful look. 

Premature aging may happen as a result of lifestyle factors and behaviour which means it can actually be corrected and altered. Staying young at any age is a real possibility. This article is to let you know that although preventing natural aging is quite impossible, taking certain measures proactively, can lead to prevention of premature aging and preservation of your skin. If remaining youthful is magic, we could be magicians.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin because water is considered as the wonder moisturiser, which also reduces the appearances of fine lines on the skin, and in addition helps one to look younger and slimmer. It is believed that not drinking enough pure water makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating. 

Like how your body needs enough water to function properly, so does your skin. This is in fact the fastest and easiest way to look constantly young. Lack of water in your skin shows up as dry patches. Bring a glow to the skin by drinking around 10 glasses of water daily. 

Give your eyes some love

Persistently rubbing your eyes can cause dark circles and fine lines. Since under eye-bags are anyway a part of the natural aging process, it cannot be prevented. It occurs when muscles around the eyes weaken. For most people, rubbing the eyes is not a problem and will not cause any permanent side effects. The skin around your eyes is a delicate area; hence, it is more prone to wrinkles and darkening. This is why special care and love must be given to it.      

It is much better if you understand what causes your dark circles or eye bags. There is a high chance for unprotected sun exposure to leave your skin wrinkled.      

Squinting, either under the heat of the sun or while working in front of your computer, can eventually form wrinkles at the outer portion of the eyes. These can even form as early as your late 20s. Another problem in this area are dark circles under the eyes. For some individuals, this can be hereditary, but for others this is caused by rubbing or scratching your eyes.

Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can age your skin and makes it look less youthful. It is recommended to have seven to eight hours of sleep. You also develop dark circles due to sleep deprivation which eventually removes the glow on your face. However, more and more evidence is starting to shed light on the relationship between sleep and our skin’s ageing processes. In 2013, a study commissioned by Estée Lauder actually found that sleep deprivation could be playing an active role in prematurely ageing your skin.

According to A.Vogel, these results would appear to support the idea that, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to age more rapidly. This idea is also supported by another study (this time conducted by UCLA researchers) which found that just a single night of poor sleep was all it took to encourage cellular ageing in older adults.

Not washing your face before bed

Going to bed without taking your makeup off and skipping your daily cleanse step can contribute to clogged pores as well as dullness of the skin. Failure to wash your face before going to sleep can potentially cause infections, dryness, breakouts and even premature aging. Continually sleeping in your makeup can lead to long-term skin damage – and it’s completely avoidable, notes Reviva Labs.

Smoking

There is no need to remind you of how smoking is injurious to health. The health reasons alone should be enough to avoid smoking. In terms of premature aging, smoking is definitely not one to preserve our youth. For many reasons, including keeping your skin looking young, it is important to stop smoking. 

Stress

A study of the American Psychological Association suggests that untreated stress can speed-up the aging process. Todd B. Koch further explains how chronic stress makes your skin age faster and how it can affect your appearance. When cells age and break down, they reduce the quality of your skin’s texture, tone, strength, and vibrancy. Aging cells can also lead to lower production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are vital elements in our body responsible for skin elasticity, strength, and thickness. Therefore, lower levels can create the appearance of loose and sagging skin. Stress causes changes to the proteins in your skin and reduces its elasticity. This loss of elasticity can contribute to wrinkle formation.   

Slowing your skin’s aging process

- Wear sunscreen everyday

- Follow a daily skincare routine

- Avoid tanning, both indoors and outdoors

- Wear sunglasses, hat, visors, and sun-protective clothing

- Avoid smoking and alcohol

- Get good sleep

- Maintain a healthy diet

- Moisturise

- Exercise regularly


Khalida Naushad | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021

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