There's a lot you can do to help your skin retain it's youthful appearance without resorting to surgery or toxic injections.
These five simple steps are ... simple!
Forget the "8 Hours" mantra. WHEN you sleep is just as important as for how long. It's called beauty sleep for a reason! Biologically, the best time to go to sleep is between 9-10PM. This puts your body in-sync with its circadian rhythms and your skin gets a chance to renew itself at the time when it is programmed to do so most efficiently (around midnight).
Here, you'll find more on how sleep helps improve your skin.
No, you don't need a gym membership and you don't need expensive trainers! A DAILY brisk walk will do wonders for your overall well-being and your skin tone. This great post will tell you more about what happens to your body when you exercise and how that benefits your complexion.
Cut out alcohol (and caffeine) ... Completely. At least for a few weeks. Not only do they have a dehydrating effect on the body and the skin, they also promote an inflammatory response and dilate the tiny capillaries in the face resulting in facial redness and blotched appearance.
This here is how alcohol ruins your skin and how you can minimise that damage when you just have to have a tipple.
4. Ditch the sugar
Steer clear of the obvious "ordinary" sugar and the not-so-obvious fructose in fruit, especially fruit juice and carbohydrates: bread, pasta, potatoes, rice etc. Once in your blood stream, sugars bind to proteins in a process called glycation and transform into Advanced Glycation End-products, or AGEs for short. How ironic! AGEs damage the surrounding proteins in cells, especially collagen and elastin resulting in the dreaded skin-sag. AGEs also increase the oxidation rates in the skin cells, making it more vulnerable to sun damage.
More on how sugar affects your skin here. And if you have some spare time - have a look at this piece to find out why sugar accelerates aging.
5. EAT fat!
Surprised? The "fat-phobia" is finally starting to release its grip on people. Your body needs fat and fat keeps your skin healthy. But saturated fat=heart disease, you say. Not so! Studies are now suggesting quite the opposite - saturated fat has actually been found to have a PROTECTIVE effect. And did you know, the connection between saturated fat and heart disease has never really been proven?
Which fats to eat? Animal (lard, tallow, goose fat and good old-fashioned butter, but be sure to get the best quality, grass-fed stuff!), plant (that's olive, avocado, coconut etc, but skip the seed oils such as rapeseed/canola, sunflower, safflower, soy, corn etc) How much? Plenty! Why? Here's why and how fat can be good for your skin and your whole body?
There is however one type of fat that everyone should do their best to avoid at all times - trans-fats. Otherwise known as hydrogenated vegetable oil (more commonly seen in your fridge in the form of "healthy" margarine) it has been shown time and time again to be associated with heart disease.
Don't know about you, but I trust cows more! :-)
And finally, once your sleep and diet are all sorted, may be facial cupping or cosmetic acupuncture could help you enhance and retain the results?
A form of ancient Chinese medicine, cupping is a very gentle and completely non-invasive procedure that helps lift, refresh and rejuvenate the whole face, whilst facial rejuvenation acupuncture can be used to address more targeted areas.
By improving the blood circulation in the skin, acupuncture and cupping gently stimulate your body's natural production of collagen and elastin.
Do you have your own tips and trick that work for you? Would you like to share them? What's your plan for looking fabulous in that LBD this year?