We’re always looking for products that promise to slow down the ageing process, but you may be surprised to learn that intrinsic ageing, that is natural ageing that occurs as we get older linked to genetics and heredity, makeup only 10% of the ageing process!
Extrinsic ageing makes up the other 90% and these are external factors such as your lifestyle and environmental factors. This is exciting news because it means that with a few simple tweaks in our daily lives, we can drastically slow down the signs of ageing so that our skin ages beautifully with minimal fine lines and wrinkles.
Using all-natural skincare products targeted towards hydrating your skin and feeding it with real nutrients is certainly a step in the right direction, but this alone will not make any major differences when it comes to preventing and combatting the signs of ageing.
We’ve put together a few surprising things that may be contributing to the ageing skin as well as a few simple solutions.
THAT SUGARY CUPCAKE OR LATTE
Sugar is the culprit here, and while you may associate sugar with acne, something you may be well past, sugar has actually been linked to aging the skin too. Sugar sucks water out of the cells, which puts your skin at risk for dehydration, a big no no when it comes to keeping your skin youthful. Sugar also breaks down collagen and elastin, two structural proteins necessary for ensuring the skin stays taut and plump.
Avoid the obvious culprits like cupcakes and sugary starbucks favourites and always read labels in the grocery store, because sugar is added to almost everything, even tomato sauce! Try substituting sugar for honey or maple syrup instead. Just try theses delicious sugar free brownies!
THOSE PARTY MARGARITAS
This one is a double whammy in terms of aging the skin, as alcohol dries out the skin and sugar breaks down collagen. The Festive season is also around the corner, which means lots of holiday parties and lots of drinks. Margaritas are usually packed with sugar so try to opt for low sugar alcohol alternatives instead and stick to just a glass or two with a glass of water alongside each drink to counteract the dehydrating effects. You’ll also thank us the next morning when you wake up without a hangover!
THE COOLER WEATHER
You may be wondering what the weather has to do with the emergence of your latest fine line, but the chilly season definitely contributes to the signs of aging. The reason for this is simply because the air dries out when the temperatures drop and dry air then in turn dries out your skin.
If dry winter air has got your skin looking and feeling a little under the weather then follow these helpful tips to keep our skin hydrated your skin all season long!
These are just three factors you may be aging your skin. By simply making a few tweaks to your diet and lifestyle, you’ll be back on the road to healthy, youthful skin that ages gracefully!