As part of the natural aging process, our skin will inevitably begin to change. This can be slowed down or sped up depending on factors such as lifestyle, diet, and skincare routine. Exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants can also play a major role in the escalation of aging skin. Our rate of collagen and elastin production begins to slow down. This results in skin which is dull, saggy and lacks volume.
But what can you do to help prevent aging skin? In this guide, we look at 7 simple ways to achieve plumper, more youthful looking skin for as long as possible.
– Exfoliate regularly
According to the National Institute on Aging, dry skin can become more apparent with age due to a variety of factors. This can be caused by environmental influences such as sun exposure or pollutants or may simply be the skin’s natural aging process. Whereby we begin to lose sweat and oil glands, preventing the body from creating its own protective outer seal. This can leave skin looking dry and dull, which contributes to an aged appearance.
Malée’s Conditioning Body Scrub can be used as little as once a week to help speed up the cycle of cell regeneration. Made from 100% natural ingredients. It includes coco butter and avocado oil, it is packed full of vitamins A, B, D and E. These elements can help to nourish and soften the skin. Using in a circular motion, you can gently buff away layers of dead skin cells. It reveals the fresh, healthy cells beneath. A gentle, natural exfoliator, our body scrub contains natural salts and sugars which can shift dead skin build-up. This will help other skincare products to penetrate more effectively. It leads to revealing new skin cells can lead to an improvement in complexion and a more youthful appearance.
– Eat a balanced diet
Skin isn’t just improved from the outside. What we put into our bodies has a direct effect on our skin and the signs of aging. In a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It was found that participants who had a higher vitamin C intake displayed a lower chance of developing wrinkles. Some foods such as citrus fruits, berries, fish and eggs are naturally high in vitamin C, amino acids and collagen peptides. They help the body to either absorb or produce more collagen for plumper, younger looking skin.
– Get more sleep
Sleep may not be something that you generally link with the health of your skin. However, the amount and quality you have can have a direct effect on your skin’s appearance. In a 2015 study published in the journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. It was found that participants who had a lower quality of sleep had significantly higher levels of transepidermal water loss. In contrast, those who slept well retained more moisture in the skin. In addition, this kept the skin fuller and plumper, whilst preventing the formation of dark circles beneath the eyes. Getting more sleep is a great way to achieve more youthful skin. Yet, if you struggle to drop off, you can try meditation. Reading or introducing low level lighting at night to help regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
– Keep hydrated
Hydration is key to overall good health. When we drink water, it helps to flush the toxins from our body. Aa a result, it generates physiological balance, benefitting almost every area of physical health. In a 2015 study published in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology journal. It was found that when participants drank more water it ‘significantly modified superficial and deep skin hydration’. Whilst hydrating from the inside is very important. It is also good to make sure your skin retains the moisture it needs to stay healthy.
Malée’s Conditioning Body Cream offers a simple way to nourish and refresh dull, dehydrated skin. Simply use during your morning and evening skincare routine as well as after any showers or bath to rejuvenate the skin. With water as the main ingredient. This penetrates the outer layers of the skin, seeking to restore moisture where it has been lost. Essential oils from plants such as avocados, almonds and wheat germ are high in vitamins and minerals. They help to nourish the skin. Whilst coconut oil, beeswax and glycerine create a non-greasy seal over the outer skin layer. Furthermore, they help to lock moisture in. When the skin is properly hydrated, it appears fuller and plumper. Smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines whilst helping you to emit a youthful glow.
– Massage your skin
Massaging your skin can be a great way to help with collagen production. Moreover, it may also have mental health benefits, due to the effects of skin touch on the brain. A 2017 study published in the Plos One scientific journal compared the effects of using a skin cream either with or without massage. It was found that, after eight weeks, the group of participants who had used massage techniques had better skin texture, less wrinkles and sagginess compared to the group who used the cream alone. There are various techniques you can try to help to achieve plumper skin. Using your fingers or a specialised tool to stimulate the cells in problem areas.
– Protect your skin
We all know that the sun and environmental factors can be detrimental to the skin. Not only can this decrease the skin’s immune and function and increase the risks of skin-related illnesses. Too much exposure can also cause elastosis, which breaks down the elastic and collagen tissue. As a result the skin appears prematurely aged, dull and saggy. A 2019 article published in the Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin concludes that regularly using sun cream and limiting your skin’s exposure to the sun can help to prevent the signs of aging. But this works as an effective preventative measure. Is there a way we can reverse the signs of aging to create plumper, youthful looking skin?
– Include antioxidants
If the damage from sun and external pollutants have already started to take effect, it’s not always too late. The same article states that UV rays can increase oxidative stress. And this has been directly linked to cellular damage, which may contribute to aging skin. Using skincare products that contain ingredients which have antioxidant properties can help to attack free radicals. Mutated molecules which can destroy skin cells and lead to the appearance of aged skin.
Coconut oil is frequently found in our skincare products. It is a great natural antioxidant that also has moisturising properties. In a 2010 study published in the Skin Pharmacology and Physiology scientific journal, it was found that coconut oil could also help to stimulate collagen production, demonstrated by wounds healing more quickly having received a virgin coconut oil application. Water is the main ingredient in Malée’s Nourishing Hand Cream, closely followed by capric triglyceride, which is a combination of coconut oil and glycerine. This works not only to hydrate and nourish the skin. Furthermore, it creates a superb seal over the outer layer, helping to lock in moisture and nutrients.
Aging skin is inevitable as the reduction of collagen and elastin production naturally comes with age. However, there are many lifestyle choices and skincare routines we can implement to help delay the process, resulting in retaining youthful looking skin for longer. By sleeping and eating well and ensuring we protect, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin, we can stimulate the production of collagen and ensure skin cell turnover is regular. Opting for skincare products which contain natural ingredients which are high in vitamins and antioxidants can help to nourish and fight the effects of aging, whilst incorporating massage into your application technique can further stimulate collagen production for skin which is fresher, plumper and younger looking for as long as possible.