The 30 best anti-ageing tips
As you become more mature, your body will completely change. Hormones fluctuate, skin develops wrinkles and sags, hair becomes brittle and dull and bodies develop unsightly veins and age spots. While one cannot stop the ageing process, there are certainly age-old tips and tricks to help slow down the process and restore your skin and hair to their former, youthful glory. Read below to discover the 30 best anti-ageing tips.
The best anti-ageing skin tips
Your skin is your largest, most delicate organ. It holds your body together and protects your body from the external environment. When taken care of, your skin will be revitalised, helping to slow the ageing process and give you bright, youthful, looking skin. Here are 10 of the best anti-ageing tips for your skin.
Skip the anti-ageing creams
If you are on the lookout for an effective anti-ageing product, you may want to skip the creams altogether and go for a balm product instead. The emulsifiers and preservatives required to get that creamy texture that everyone loves, may do more harm than good to the skin. The ingredients in a balm are simple and pure and can leave the skin feeling rich and velvety, as the ingredients are easily absorbed.
Don’t forget your neck!
Your neck and décolletage are one of the first places on your body which will start to show signs of ageing, which is why it is important to make sure not to neglect them during your skin care routine. Remember to thoroughly wash, cleanse, moisturise and exfoliate these areas as you would for your face.
Get rid of dark circles
The skin around your eyes is much thinner and more delicate to the rest of your skin, which means it requires a little more TLC. Lack of sleep, stress, genetics and the natural ageing process may cause dark circles to appear under the eyes, which may further age you. There are many natural, at home treatments for this pesky problem-from lemon juice, to raw tomato, cucumbers and even potatoes.
Wear your vitamins
Look for products which are rich in vitamins B and E and those that contain high levels of fatty acids. The direct penetration of vitamins on the skin has immense anti-ageing benefits and will soak into the skin faster. Products which are rich in essential oils such as jojoba, rosehip and evening primrose will immensely benefit the skin and restore a beautiful, youthful appearance.
Drink your fruits
There are several fruits which have wonderful benefits for the skin. Most fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain high water content, which will help to promote collagen and boost elasticity, promote a beautiful even complexion and help to fight fine lines and wrinkles. So why not combine all of these fruits into a delicious smoothie? Watermelon, apples, kiwi, pomegranate, berries, papaya and grapes are all fruits which will benefit your skin immensely.
DIY natural face mask
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which is excellent for cell regeneration and combatting wrinkles. You can mix green tea powder into brewed white tea, to form a paste which is applied directly on to the skin. Let it sit on your face for 15-20 minutes and wash it off.
Constantly working the muscles around your face may lead to wrinkles developing over time. Ditch the straw and drink straight from the source.
Eat good food
Take care of your skin from the inside-out, by ensuring you get your daily dose of recommended vitamins. Vitamin A, found in foods such as sweet potatoes, green leafy veggies and carrots, will help control acne and reduce lines and wrinkles. Vitamin B complex can be found in oatmeal, rice, eggs and bananas, which will hydrate the skin and give it a youthful glow. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, peppers and cauliflower, can all help to boost collagen production and keep your skin looking young.
Ditch the foundation
A full face of foundation is a no go for mature skin, as it tends to sink into wrinkles, making them appear more prominent. Try using a light tinted moisturiser, and use concealer on problem areas such as under eyes.
Avoid refined sugars
When sugar enters your blood stream, it binds to proteins, a process known as glycation, which causes toxic compounds to develop. These compounds cause wrinkles, sagging skin, dark circles under eyes and fast track to diabetes. Excess sugar may also lead to inflammation, which may cause broken capillaries, loss of elasticity and breakdown of cells.
The best anti-ageing hair tips
Go for angled cuts
Avoid long, straight cuts, as this may accentuate drooping and make you look older than you actually are. Go for a timeless long bob, with an angle which accentuates the face and gives a more youthful appearance.
Trim your hair regularly
Don’t hang on to those dead ends! Trimming your hair regularly ensures that damage is cut off, and does not spread further up the hair shaft. Going for regular trims will ensure your hair stays healthy.
Skip the box dye
Avoid going too dark, as this can age you dramatically. Your hair colour should complement your skin tone. You should also ensure that when covering grey hairs, you only apply dye to the roots, as the chemicals can make your hair very dry and brittle.
Avoid heat treatments
Flat irons and curling irons not only damage the hair, but they may also leave the hair looking dry, flat and dull. Try using heat protective products, or upgrade your hair dryer or iron to a less damaging model.
Use a hair mask
Treat your hair to a little bit of luxury by using a hair mask at least once a week. This will hydrate your hair, prevent damage and ensure your tresses remain luxurious and silky.
Give your hair some playful bounce and movement by sleeping with it in a high pony tail. However, going overboard with big, teased hair, may instantly age you. Speak to your stylist about adding slight layers to your cut to get the desired volume.
DIY hair repair mask
For added moisture, try this DIY hair repair mask which can be used weekly. Mix a cup of milk with a tablespoon of honey and a table spoon of coconut oil. Add the mixture into a spray bottle and shake until thoroughly mixed. Completely saturate the hair with the mask and leave in for at least 15-20 minutes, before washing hair with a mild shampoo. Follow up with Ultra Bee’s hair food, which will not only leave your hair smelling great, but completely soft, silky and shiny.
Loosen up your hair
The constant tension associated with tying your hair up, keeping it up in upstyles, or braids, may cause the strands to break off at the root, causing hair to thin and give the appearance of balding. Try wearing your hair down as much as possible.
Pay attention to your diet
Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Omega fatty acids as these vitamins help to keep hair thick and healthy, promote hair growth, and reduce hair loss. They can be found in foods such as spinach, greek yoghurt, almonds, salmon, oatmeal and lentils.
Nourish your hair with oils
There is no shortage of essential oils to nourish and keep your hair healthy. Here are some of the best essential oils for hair:
is great for hair growth and has a natural calming effect
is great for increasing hair thickness, hair growth and cellular repair.
is the best essential oil to use if your hair is looking dull, as this oil adds softness and shine to your hair and also has soothing properties for sensitive scalps.
The best anti-ageing tips for your hands and feet
Hands and feet are more susceptible to ageing due to these areas having a low fat content. Keep your hands and feet looking beautiful with these anti-ageing tips:
Protect your hands
Your hands are exposed daily to harsh chemicals, found in dishwashing liquids, bleaches, and other cleaning products. These chemicals can be especially harsh on the delicate skin on your hands, so it is important that you make use of rubber gloves, when using such products.
DIY hand sugar scrub
Get silky soft hands with this simple home-made sugar scrub. Mix 2/3 of a cup of sugar with ¼ cup of coconut or olive oil, with one table spoon of fresh lemon juice. The sugar will help to remove any dirt and dead skin cells, while the oil will moisturise your hands and leave them feeling silky. The lemon juice is great for brightening and lightening unsightly scarring.
Nourish and moisturise
You most likely wash your hands several times a day, which has a drying effect on the skin and is one of the biggest culprits for wrinkling on the hands. The solution is to moisturise your hands after each wash. Try Ultra Bee’s Nourishing Hand Creamed Balm which is scented with a hint of rose.
Age spots can be unsightly and have nothing to do with your age at all, as they are caused by frequent sun exposure. Sun spots can be avoided all together by applying an SPF Sun screen before being exposed to the sun.
Tea tree treatment for toenails
As you get older, you may notice that your nails become brittle, thickened or discoloured. Pure tea tree or products which contain the oil is an effective treatment for such symptoms, as it has natural antiseptic and antifungal properties. Simply apply the oil directly on to clean feet.
Soak your feet
Long hours of being on your feet, as well as constantly wearing open shoes are to blame for unsightly feet. Pamper yourself at least once a week by soaking your feet in warm water, with 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil. This will completely relax you and soften any hard skin, which can be easily removed.
Follow up with a foot scrub
Get silky soft feet with this simple home-made scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with a little bit of milk to form a wet sand consistency. Add a table spoon of olive oil into the mixture and apply by rubbing vigorously on to your feet, then rinse off with warm water.
This is the most important step to your foot care routine. Take a shower before bed time and ensure that your feet are properly dried, before applying a rich balm, such as Ultra Bee’s Cracked Heel Balm, on to problem areas. Follow up by wearing a pair of socks overnight and rinse off in the morning. Your feet will be left feeling smooth and completely renewed.
Change your shoes
Get rid of those pointy sky-high heels, as while they may look good, they do not provide any support, put you at an increased risk for sprains and may cause unsightly blisters, boils, corns and calluses. Invest in a comfortable pair of shoes that won’t cause unnecessary damage to your feet.
5 Sneaky causes that may speed up the anti-ageing process
Harmful UV rays from the Sun
The sun exerts harmful UV rays which affect even the deepest layers of your skin. It is said that UV exposure is responsible for 80% of visible facial ageing signs. These harmful UV rays may also affect you indirectly, as they have the ability to penetrate through glass windows, so even if you are indoors, the sun may still do damage to your skin. One way to combat the effects of sun is to apply your sunscreen daily. Try looking for an SPF moisturiser or apply your sunscreen in place of a moisturiser.
Excessive alcohol intake
It’s no secret that excessive alcohol is bad for you, but can drinking alcohol really speed up the ageing process? The short answer is yes. Alcohol has no nutritional value and can contain excessive sugar, which can be really bad for your skin. It also causes dehydration, premature wrinkling, loss of collagen and elasticity, as well as redness.
Aside from being bad for your lungs, smoking affects the blood vessels which deliver oxygen and nutrients to your body. When the skin is deprived of these nutrients, changes begin to develop, such as pale or uneven skin tone. Smoking is also known to damage collagen and elastin, resulting in skin sagging and premature wrinkling.
Too many refined sugars
Excessive intake of refined sugars, such as those found in white bread, sweets and chocolates and cooldrinks, can be especially detrimental to your anti-ageing efforts. Excessive sugar intake will cause your insulin levels to spike, which will in turn inflame the body. This inflammatory effect produces enzymes which break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, causing the skin to wrinkle and sag.
You cannot spot reduce your weight loss, so when you lose 2% body fat, it will show more on your face than any other area. This sudden fat loss may lead to hollowed temples, sagging cheeks and deeper nose and mouth lines. The key to losing weight without gaining excessive wrinkling is to do it gradually.