We all want youthful, glowing skin. Then again, aging and gravity will surely take their toll eventually. But these factors aren’t the only consideration here. Foods that we eat, our lifestyle, and our regular skin regime also contribute to our overall skin condition.
The good news is that there are steps that we can do at home to prevent both external and internal factors from robbing our skin of its plumpness and youthful elasticity. Doing these steps will help boost natural skin cell renewal, which is fundamental to maintaining aging-resistant and resilient skin.
1. Active vs temporary solutions
A good moisturizing face cream can offer some help for fast-aging skin but it’s temporary. Sagging skin usually has large pores. And using a heavy facial cream can only clog up the pores, resulting in other skin problems.
Although keeping our skin hydrated externally is important, sagging skin needs a more special treatment. It needs an “active” remedy for faster cell rejuvenation. One of the best solutions for countering skin aging is vitamin A retinol. Whether it be in a topical form (usually a night treatment), or in a sublingual supplement form, vitamin A has been proven to boost skin cell renewal by stimulating collagen production, keeping a healthy level of collagen in both naturally aged and photoaged skin. (1)
2. Take vitamin c regularly
Vitamin C is one of the most crucial nutrients for skin health. It does two important things for our skin. First, it fights free radicals, which is one of the culprits of premature aging. Second, ascorbic acid or vitamin C also boosts collagen production. Collagen is a structural protein that makes your skin elastic and firm. Without collagen, our skin won’t even hold itself together! Vitamin C deficiency causes scaly, dry, and sagging skin.
3. Choose the right foods
Eating the right kind of foods is fundamental to keeping young-looking skin. Dark greens, deep-colored fruits, citrus fruits, and fatty fish are great for the skin. They are good sources of collagen-boosting vitamins A and C, as well as nourishing vitamin E, B complex vitamins, skin-strengthening minerals, and hydrating fatty acids. Eating a balanced diet helps keep your skin naturally moisturized, making it more supple and resilient.
4. Quit collagen-degrading habitsWhile you can apply various steps to increase collagen production to prevent skin aging, without stopping or at least slowing down collagen degradation, other steps can be useless. Smoking and lack of sleep can deplete collagen levels. Smoking most especially is a surefire way to destroy collagen and speed up skin aging. It can literally suck moisture and plumpness out of your face. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals that not only deplete collagen levels but also increase your risks of developing melanoma or skin cancer. While lack of sleep can deprive your skin of repair and renewal.
There’s no way to completely stop aging. However, the above steps can be implemented to help us slow down the overall aging process and age gracefully.