There are a number of factors that can accelerate the aging of your skin – here’s some of them and tips on how stop them or at least minimize their impact.
1. Pollution—can dull the complexion and increase skin imperfections
What to do: For oily to mixed skin, clean with water, For sensitive and dehydrated skin with water; clean a product designed for that skin type. Choose skin care products with active ingredients that form a protective film to stop pollution from adhering to your skin.
On the menu: Green tea, cabbage, strawberries, red peppers, kiwi, wheat germ, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
2. Air-conditioning or heating—can dehydrate your skin
What to do: Don’t rinse too aggressively with water and use a richer version of your favourite moisturizing treatment.
On the menu: Watermelon, cucumber and melon and other juicy fruits and vegetables. Food rich in essential fatty acids such as grapeseed and walnut oil, soya, fish and nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, etc) to provide optimal protection and hydration. Drink over 1.5 litres of water a day.
3. Sun protection
What to do: Protect your skin by using sunscreen protection with a minimum SPF 30 and choose a highly nourishing treatment to minimize any fine lines caused by dehydration.
On the menu: Food rich in polyphenols like green tea, grapeseed oil, and red fruit like pomegranate, blueberry or raspberry.
4. Smoking—leads to grey and dull skin
What to do: Quit smoking! Exfoliate with a scrub and a mask once or twice a week.
On the menu: Drink 1.5 litre of water a day. Incorporate green tea and grapeseed oil into your daily diet to combat oxidation due to tobacco.
5. Unhealthy food—causes shininess and imperfections
What to do: Apply a scrub and purifying mask once or twice a week.
On the menu: Cut back on fatty or sugary snacks, which may disrupt the balance of your skin. Add fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, fibres and minerals for a flawless, even complexion.
On the menu: Food rich in vitamin C (cabbage, red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, etc.) and in beta-carotene (mango, apricot, carrots, etc.).
7. Stress–causes dehydration and haggard features.
What to do: Do what you can to eliminate stress—exercise, meditation, lifestyle changes.
On the menu: High water content food including fruit and vegetables, dairy products and anti-stress food containing magnesium: green vegetables, whole grain cereals, almonds, chocolate, potassium-containing food including bananas.