With so many factors out there that speed up the rate at which the skin ages, premature aging is becoming an increasingly common problem. Whether it’s wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, or anything else, more and more people are starting to notice that their skin is starting to look older far earlier in life than it should.
Is there anything that you can do about this? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Read on as Vine Vera shares the seven most effective ways to prevent the appearance of premature aging.
1) Shield Your Skin From Sun Damage
As mentioned, there’s so much out there that can cause the skin to prematurely age. However, the biggest culprit is, without a doubt, the sun. Research points to how UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of the visible signs of skin aging. This means that if you had made an effort to protect your skin from the sun from an early age, then premature aging wouldn’t be an issue.
However, even if you were negligent about sunscreen during your youth, don’t worry too much. Getting serious about sun protection now can still make a huge difference to how your skin continues to age. It will prevent the sun from causing any more damage to your skin’s protein fibers while also giving your skin the chance to recover and rebuild, without continuously being subjected to more and more UV damage.
So, how do you protect your skin from sun damage?
The first step is to find a good sunscreen. Our top choice would be the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet Replenishing Moisture Cream SPF 30 because not only does it block UV rays, but it also functions as a moisturizer. It’s filled with vitamins, humectants, and antioxidants, all of which will work to keep your skin looking soft, supple, and bright.
Next, make sure that you’re wearing protective clothing and accessories when outdoors, particularly on sunny days. Sun hats, sunglasses, and long but loose clothing will go a long way in providing additional protection.
2) Add Antioxidants to Your Routine
Although the sun may be the most significant cause of premature aging, there are a number of other environmental factors that can cause this too. Pollution, blue light from your electronic devices, exposure to chemicals…the list goes on!
What can you do about this?
The best way to repair the look of environmental damage while keeping your complexion youthful is to add a selection of antioxidants to your skincare routine. Antioxidants are compounds that are capable of mitigating the visible effects of environmental damage. This means that they can help to repair the look of premature aging to restore a younger-looking appearance.
There are thousands of different antioxidants out there to choose from. Each one will be beneficial in its own way. With that said, some antioxidants are known for being more impactful than others, with vitamins A, C, and E finding themselves at the top of the list. That’s why we’ve added all three ingredients to our Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum. Their effects are enhanced by the inclusion of resveratrol, another antioxidant that has been proven to slow down the appearance of skin aging.
3) Give Your Skin the Hydration That it Needs
If you’re concerned about premature aging, then prioritizing hydration is important for two reasons. Firstly, the more hydrated your skin cells are, the healthier they’ll feel. They’ll be able to carry out their daily functions with ease, and your skin will look all the better for it.
Secondly, the more hydrated your skin is, the less visible any existing fine lines and wrinkles will be. Creases always look so much more noticeable when the skin is dry and dehydrated. Give your skin the hydration that it needs and your complexion will take on a much plumper and bouncier finish, therefore smoothing away the look of lines on the surface of your skin.
How should you hydrate your skin?
Firstly, make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. If your body is dehydrated, then your skin will be too. With that said, dehydrated skin can still be an issue, even when your body is sufficiently hydrated. That’s why hydrating skincare products are vital as well.
For maximum hydration, start by adding a hydrating serum to your skincare routine, followed by a moisturizer to lock all of that hydration in. The Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum would be a good choice because of its incredible humectant content. Humectants are ingredients that bind moisture to the skin, making them among the best when it comes to amplifying skin hydration levels.
Follow this up with a hydrating moisturizer, such as the Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Night Cream, and your skin will soon start to look much smoother and firmer.
4) Exfoliate…But Do So Gently
One of the reasons why youthful skin looks so bright and radiant is because cell turnover occurs relatively quickly. This is when your skin sheds its older and dead skin cells in order to let the fresher and younger skin cells beneath show through.
As you age, this process slows down. If you allow this to happen, then not only will your skin quickly take on a dull and rough finish, but you’ll also soon start to notice the signs of premature aging creeping up on your face.
This is why exfoliation is such an important part of any skincare routine. It sweeps away the dead skin cells that clutter the surface of the skin, giving the complexion a luminescent finish. However, at the same time, it’s crucial to pick the correct exfoliant. Going with an overly abrasive scrub or harsh acids will damage your skin’s protective barrier. This will only accelerate the aging process even more.
One exfoliator that we would highly recommend if you’re trying to prevent the look of premature aging is the Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Peeling. It exfoliates the skin with a combination of mandelic acid and bamboo powder. The powder focuses on the surface of the skin while the acid delves a little deeper, meaning that your skin and your pores will feel thoroughly cleansed once you’ve used this product. Treat your skin to this exfoliator once or twice a week and you’ll be able to keep the appearance of premature aging at bay for so much longer!
5) Be Consistent With Your Skincare Routine
A solid skincare routine is a must if you want to halt the look of premature aging. However, even the very best skincare products in the world won’t be able to do much if you aren’t using them regularly.
Consistency is key when it comes to skincare because many ingredients need time to accumulate in the skin before they start to make a difference. Plus, it can take up to two months for the new skin cells that have been created to make their way to the surface of your skin. That means that it can also take two months before a new skincare product produces an improvement in your complexion.
Ideally, you should be carrying out both a morning and an evening skincare routine. If you struggle to find the time for this, simplify your routine so that it consists of only the basics. Start with a gentle cleanser, such as the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet Mousse Cleanser, before following up with one (or both) of the serums that we’ve recommended above. Then, slather on a moisturizer, as well as some SPF during the day, and you’re good to go! Once or twice a week, when you have some extra time, pamper your skin with an exfoliant and a face mask to really enhance the effects of your skincare routine.
6) Improve Your Diet
Studies show that poor eating habits can quickly lead to premature aging. It’s easy to understand why – the food that you eat feeds your skin from within. This means that a lack of consumed nutrients will leave your skin cells going without.
You’re probably already aware of the foods that you should and shouldn’t be eating. Highly processed foods that are full of sugars, salts, or chemicals will definitely not do your skin any favors. Instead, you should be swapping these out for fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats.
If you’ve had poor eating habits for a while, it can take some time to make these changes. Don’t go all in at once with a complete dietary overhaul. This will only make things more challenging, meaning that you’re less likely to stick to your new and improved diet. Instead, try making small adjustments to the meals that you would normally have, and then build on this as time goes on.
7) Stop Smoking
Not only is smoking detrimental to your health, but it has a direct impact on your appearance too. Smoking blocks your skin cells from accessing sufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients, meaning that they’ll struggle to thrive. Smoking also causes the protein fibers in your skin to break down at a much faster rate. This is how it leads to premature aging since those proteins are responsible for keeping your skin smooth and elastic. Without them, your skin will quickly start to wrinkle and sag.
Of course, there’s no denying that quitting this habit can be difficult. Fortunately, there’s now so much help out there that you can turn to. If you’re ready to give up this vice but aren’t sure how to go about doing so, seek the help of a professional. They’ll be able to equip you with all of the tools that you’ll need to make this journey a little easier.
Prevent the Appearance of Premature Aging With Vine Vera
It can be extremely disheartening to see your skin start to display the visible signs of aging while you’re still at a relatively young age. If you choose to ignore the issue, things will only get worse very quickly.
Fortunately, there’s plenty that you can do to slow down the rate at which your complexion ages. Follow all of the tips that we’ve shared above and you’ll be able to keep your skin looking youthfully healthy for many more years to come!