Age Defying Lifestyle and Habits

Some people think that only when you are in your 30s or 40s you should start taking more care of your skin. This is to make sure it does not age faster that it should or even better, age slower than it should. The topic of anti-aging is one of the most popular ones when we talk about beauty. Youth is something that everyone years for once it is slipping away from us. In the previous article, I have covered the topic of lifestyle changes for acne. Ensuring healthy skin and fighting acne can also help to make you look better and youthful. But other than that, there are other age defying habits or products that can help you to stay youthful as well. Continue reading to find out more!

What’s in the market: Age defying cream and treatments

There are tons of age defying beauty products that you can use for this purpose. However, if you see the market, age-defying skincare products tend to be very expensive. I have been looking around for eye cream products, as under-eye circle is my big concern and I started to see some tiny eye wrinkles! I am in my mid 20s and frankly I am worried to see my first wrinkle. Eye cream products are very expensive in general and seeing the price of the products in department store shocked me.

Other than products, there are many age defying skincare treatments at clinics. Again, they are quite expensive. If you can afford one, try age defying skin rejuvenating laser treatments that are ubiquitous in clinics these days. These treatments can help to reduce your pore sizes, stimulate collagen production under the skin, making the skin firmer and younger-looking. If you want to get rid of some of your wrinkles or any facial line, you can do Botox to mitigate existing wrinkle or Baby Botox for prevention.

Age defying habits you can start at home

Being a student and not able to afford expensive skincare treatment or products, I opt for these simple solutions to take care my skin. This involves not only incorporating affordable age defying products but also age defying lifestyle changes.

Age defying hydration habit

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Body of an adult human consists of 60% water. There is no doubt that you need to hydrate your body sufficiently by drinking enough water everyday. Healthy water intake for adult men is around 3.7 litres per day and for adult women is 2.7 litres per day. Bring water with you everywhere, to school, to office, to the gym. Do not forget to drink no matter how busy you are. There are some people who hate drinking plain water. You can always add a squeeze of lemon into it, or put some mint, cucumber, or even fruits to make your water more tasteful, in a healthy way.

You might think that drinking tea or coffee is equal to drinking water (because tea and coffee contain water). However, they are not the same. Drink plain water has more age defying benefits than drinking tea or coffee in hydrating your body. 

Age defying cleansing habit

When washing your face, wash it first with warm water to open the pores. Use your favorite cleanser to cleanse your face. When rinsing, use cold water. Cold water will close the pores and keep the hydration of the skin intact. On the other hand, warm/hot water dehydrates the skin. This is because warm/hot water opens the pores and the hydration of the skin goes away. I notice that when I consistently shower with warm/hot water, I will need to really moisturize my skin with lotions. Otherwise it will start to itch due to dryness.
Use gentler cleanser that is not too harsh on the skin. Try to understand what is your skin type, and use the appropriate cleanser. If your skin is oily, you can use cleanser for oily skin, or cleanser with salicylic acid for extra exfoliation. For combination skin, you might want to err at the edge of caution and still use a hydrating cleanser. If your skin is dry, it goes without saying that you should use a hydrating cleanser. The purpose of age defying cleansing habit is to ensure your skin remains hydrated, supple and smooth.

Skincare using facial oils

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Facial oils have gained popularity recently as part of age defying skincare routine to maintain youthful skin. We should debunk the myth that all oils will clog the pores of the skin. It goes without saying that you need to be careful in choosing what oil to use. Some skin types may not react well with facial oil, perhaps the oil type is not suitable or the skin is very sensitive. Do enough try and error before using facial oil. 

Some popular facial oils are jojoba oil, olive oil, virgin coconut oil, and rosehip oil. Make sure the oil that you use is cold pressed and organic to get the most benefits from the facial oils. 

Wrinkles near the eye are one of the most visible signs of aging. Most of the popular eye cream products use avocado or virgin coconut oil as their main age defying ingredient. You can always use avocado oil or virgin coconut oil to put under your eye. They are both gentle to the skin and can firm the skin very well.

Moisturizers for supple, youthful skin

Moisturizing your skin is very important. No matter where you live, whether it is tropical and humid or whether it is dry and cold, always moisturize. If you live in a humid, tropical weather area, choose moisturizers with lighter and less greasy texture. You can always adjust the thickness of the moisturizer by layering it. For example, during the day keep it light because the weather may be too hot and humid. On the other hand, during the night put more moisturizer layers to keep the skin hydrated throughout the night.

Keep in mind if you use AC when you sleep, your skin tends to get dry easily. This is the same when you take flights, the AC in the plane cabin makes your skin dry. Put more moisturizer to save your skin from dehydration.

Sheet masks for extra moisture

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Other than age defying creams for moisturizing, you can also step up your hydration game by wearing facial sheet masks. On days where I feel my skin is super dry and flaking, putting a sheet mask for 30 mins to 45 mins really save my skin. These sheet masks usually contains potent hydrating serums that penetrate deep into the skin and hydrate the deeper layers of the skin.

Age defying skin protection habit

Sunshine can do wonders to the body and the skin but too much will damage it. Have you seen people who often do tanning under the sun without any protection? They may look fabulous in their 20s or 30s, sporting their sexy tan. However, once they reach their 40s or beyond, their skin ages prematurely and they may look older than their age.

Sun protection is one of the most important age defying habits but often overlooked. Protection is always better than prevention. It can be cheaper too. Do not regret not putting sufficient protection to your skin. Otherwise, in your later years, you may need to spend a big fortune for skin treatments to turn back the clock.

Put enough sunscreen for UV protection

“Not only when you are outdoor, you should also put sunscreen when you are indoor” – I got this advice from my dermatologist. The UV ray from the sun will also get into the house from the windows, the doors, etc. Moreover, use is sunscreen with high SPF. The lower the SPF, the more often you need to reapply the sunscreen in order to give you enough protection. If you live in a tropical country like myself, wear at least SPF 50 sunscreen for ample protection.

Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting

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Lastly, wear sunglasses as part of age defying routine for your eyes. If you often go outdoors during the day, you might squint your eyes under very bright sunlight. This will increase the chance of getting eye wrinkles, especially crow feet. Oversized sunglasses paired with big hat or even normal cap can be a cheap but effective age defying habit for you.