An appropriate and effective skin care routine can be the answer to the nagging problem regarding formation of wrinkles and spots due to aging. As always, a good skin care regimen, healthy lifestyle and a good well balanced diet are necessary to make the skin look more vibrant and beautiful. While it is a fact that there is no means to prevent aging, proper care could help slow the natural process down and make it a graceful occurrence.

Skin aging is a natural effect of the skin cells’ wear and tear processes. i think it is important to remind you that there really is no product on the market that will prevent skin aging altogether. However, there are several quality solution that will help keep skin protected from harsh environmental damage, preserve its health as long as possible and help to repair some of the inevitable damage.

Understanding the natural process of skin aging set a good start. There are two different types of skin aging. Intrinsic aging is internal and is caused by the genes that are inherited from parents. It tends to account for about 10-20% of the aging process. However, aging can also be extrinsic or external that may have been caused by factors in the environment like exposure to air and water pollution, to the harmful sunrays and to chemicals from household products and medications. Extrinsic aging accounts for 80-90% of skin aging nowadays. If you assess your current exposures, lifestyle and habits,  you will be able to determine the reason behind your skin's changes with age.

Regardless of whether aging is caused by internal or externa factors, here are 5 skincare tips that will help to slow down aging and preserve healthy and beautfil skin:

1 - LESS ACID, MORE ALKALINE Consume more alkaline food. It would be advisable if you would include in your diet alkalinizing food like onions, lemon, garlic, olive oil, whole grains, nuts, dark-green vegetable leaves and seeds. To further the effort, reduce consumption of acidic foods like dairy products, meat, refined carbohydrates and sugar - as they have all been prove to accelerate aging and degeneration of the body's cells.

2 - SUPPLEMENT KEY NUTRIENTS Even when eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle, you will experience the loss of the body's ability to produce and preserve key nutrients. This is where quality supplements come in. It would help if you would have supplements to support healthy gut and digestive function, as these deficiencies often show up on the skin. A second important supplement is trace minerals - which are essential to hundreds of bodily functions. Finally, a supplement of essential fatty acids are key as this significantly decreases with age, but is important for skin moisture balance and barrier function.

3 - WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE  Hydrate the skin more by taking in ample amount of fresh water. Since the water is made up of about 70-80% water, dehydration can cause the body to not function optimally. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces to remain sufficiently hydrated. By doing so, you are helping your body flush out toxic substances from the body and help prevent skin aging effectively.

4 - GET INTENTIONALLY ACTIVE Having regular and vigorous exercise routine would help prompt the capillaries to function more effectively, in turn, bringing more oxygen to the skin. The sweating also helps bring out natural and accumulated body toxins. This regular, intentional activity helps to give the skin a healthy and radiant glow.

5 - DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY Taking a more stress-free and cheerful lifestyle definitely helps the skin maintain its youthful appearance. As you all know, many experts have already warned that stress from many sources result to dry skin that rapidly ages. In relieving body stress, the body would be made to function better and you always be in the good mood to do other skin care regimen to slow skin aging.

Above all, observing proper skin hygiene is a complementary skin care measure. By keeping the skin healthy and clean, you are contributing to making your skin free from harmful free radicals that in time may accumulate to affect the quality of the skin surface. Not sure what skincare products you should be using? Click here to book a virtual skin consultation with our veteran esthetician.

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