IN THIS ARTICLE:
- 01 What Are The Causes Of Skin Aging?
- 02 How Does Your Skin Change As You Age?
- 03 Anti-Aging Tips That You Can Try
- 04 The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
Aging is a natural process and it’s bound to happen to everyone. The skin is always the first to show signs of aging. There’s beauty in aging - wrinkles and fine lines that represent the many times you laughed and cried. Working against time can also be good, not only for your physical appearance but also for your health.
You can’t stop skin aging but you can definitely delay it. Read on to find out how you can tap into the fountain of youth that’s within your hands.
What Are The Causes Of Skin Aging?
The first minor signs of aging may start to appear in your early 20s. Unfortunately, there are external and internal factors that may cause the skin to age prematurely. These signs will gradually appear and become more and more pronounced as you get older.
- Internal factors or the main causes of aging involve these biological reasons: genetics, slower skin cell regeneration, decline of collagen and elastin production, degeneration of tissues and fibers, and hormonal changes.
- External factors that can accelerate skin aging include pollution, tobacco smoke, poor diet, cosmetics, and the worst of them all - sun radiation.
How Does Your Skin Change As You Age?
You may notice changes in the quality of your skin as you age. While these changes are not too drastic, factors such as sun damage can make you age more quickly. This is why preventative measures can be taken in your 20s.
Skin aging may start in your 20s but it’s usually not apparent on the surface of the skin. There will also be some dullness and dryness probably caused by sun damage, frequent partying, or lack of sleep.
This is when some signs of aging, accumulated from your 20s, may start to become noticeable: fine lines, slightly loose skin, droopy cheeks, and more. Stepping in your 30s also makes under-eye issues more prominent; dark circles, thinner skin, and dryness.
If you’re not careful, this is when the major changes start to become really noticeable: major loss of volume and elasticity (more drooping and sagging), sun damage, more wrinkling (and lines), discoloration or hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and visible dryness.
You may experience major skin moisture loss and overall dryness as hormonal changes occur in the post-menopause stage. Facial volume loss continues. Hormonal acne may appear, as well as discoloration caused by sun damage.
60s and beyond
As it may be too late to chase after fine lines and wrinkles, major concerns moving forward are dryness and lack of moisture.
Anti-Aging Tips That You Can Try
- Maintain a healthy diet - Poor eating habits reflect on your skin. Load up on greens. A balanced nutrition supports the skin’s natural processes and prevents damage.
- Quit smoking - Nicotine releases harmful toxins that negatively impact skin health.
- Party less - Drink less alcohol - it dehydrates the skin. Sleep more to let your body rest and regenerate.
- Relieve stress and Anxiety - Relax. The stress hormone cortisol breaks down collagen and elastic tissues which leads to - saggy and droopy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
- Protect from the sun - Use sun protection if you can’t hide from it. Exposure to UVA results in wrinkling and loss of elasticity while UVB increases the risk of getting skin cancer.
The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
Creating the perfect anti-aging skincare routine is the smartest way to get glowing, younger-looking skin. Here's what you'll need to do, step by step.
Whether it’s a skincare routine for morning or night, cleansing your face is an essential first step that shouldn’t be skipped. Morning cleansing helps remove overnight oil and grime buildup, while night cleansing clears the face of impurities accumulated during the day. A clean face lets the skin breathe and thrive for deeper penetration of skincare ingredients (including anti-aging treatments).
Do cleansing right with the Project E Beauty Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Its deep pore-cleansing yet non-drying formula gently lifts off dirt and other impurities from the surface of the skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated. The Enrich Foaming Wash is also a gentle enough cleanser that effectively cleanses clogged pores for a reinvigorated and refreshed feeling.
Toning is a skincare routine step that’s similar to cleansing as it also helps remove excess sebum and other impurities left behind by cleansers. In addition to this, toners also act as vessels for the effective delivery of antioxidants, vitamins, and toning acids into the layers of the skin.
Use the Project E Beauty Hydrating Facial Toner to prep your skin for better nutrient absorption. This refreshing and hydrating toner removes excess sebum, helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, shrinks pores, and locks in moisture to keep dryness at bay.
3. Sheet Mask
Here’s a quick solution for dry and dull skin: sheet masks. Facial sheet masks infused with skin-loving ingredients such as botanical extracts are a great addition to any type of skin care regimen. Moisture is locked in and your skin’s must-needed nutrients are directly absorbed into the skin for a more effective delivery. Treat your skin to sheet masks at least once a week.
For deeply hydrated and moisturized skin, use the Project E Beauty Aqua Infusion Face Gel Mask. These sheets are made of 100% hydrogel material that can hold up to 50% more essence than most standard sheet masks out there.
Most often used with anti-aging in mind, serums best work when squeezed in between cleansing and moisturizing to allow quick absorption on bare skin.
Fight the signs of skin aging with the Project E Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum enriched with Vitamin C and E and other botanical extracts. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance that naturally occurs in the body.
5. Eye cream
The thin and delicate skin around the eyes is prone to signs of skin aging such as fine lines, crow’s feet, puffiness, and dark circles. Beauty products that you normally use on your face may not be as effective on the eye area, some might even be too harsh on this part of your face. Because the eye area does not have the usual oil glands that serve as natural moisturizers, supplementing moisture is a must.
Moisturize the eye area with the nourishing formulation of the Project E Beauty Age Defender Eye Cream. It helps to visibly reduce puffiness, smooth fine lines, and lighten dark circles around the eyes. The Intensive Eye Repair Essence infuses moisture into the delicate skin under the eye. Apply a small amount around the skin surrounding the eyes and instantly look awake and refreshed.
6. Spot treatment
Ideally, targeted treatments work best if you include them in your skincare routine steps at night - as close to bedtime as possible. This is because during sleep, the body releases growth hormones necessary for repair. Remove a blind pimple or blemish using an anti-inflammatory product and finish off with a spot-drying lotion. For better absorption, only use a thin layer of medication and make sure to dry thoroughly after each application.
Regardless of skin type, everyone needs to moisturize. Moisturizers keep the skin barrier (the skin everyone sees) healthy and hydrated by creating a layer that locks in moisture and prevents dehydration. It’s always at the latter part of skin care routines as it helps trap ingredients within the skin which boosts the effectiveness. Applying moisturizers while the skin is still damp helps achieve this.
Choose the Project E Beauty Nourishing Facial Moisturizer infused with hyaluronic acid. This unique formulation increases skin moisture and locks it in to keep the skin barrier hydrated and healthy. Also try out Aqua Collagen Gel with a moisturizing formula that nourishes and hydrates dry, rough skin showing signs of aging.
Experts advise the use of sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 for daily use. Sunscreens are not thoroughly absorbed by the skin like other skincare products. Instead, they create a protective layer over the skin barrier. Don’t forget this last but crucial step as it prevents skin aging.
written by Charlotte Rycroft