Ageing in 2020
Getting older gracefully has drastically changed in the last couple of decades, as perspectives have shifted, social media has put a spotlight on the real and edited versions of ourselves and what we wish to show, science has progressively targeted external factors and how to limit their effects on one's skin, as well as extreme lifestyle shifts.
There are four very distinct topics that come up when discussing ageing in our modern, daily lives and each one has a significant role in how we will look and feel years from now. Sleep, lifestyle, UV rays and our external climate all play huge parts in our skin's health and our wellness and beauty regime overall.
Getting well-rest and balanced sleep is imperative to our overall health and well-being. According to the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep per night for most adults is necessary for an overall reboot and less than that lead to developing wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark circles under the eyes. While we sleep our skin restores itself, rebuilding elasticity and fighting off free radicals that have accumulated on the skin's surface throughout the day.
Additionally, when you're sleep-deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to break-outs and inflammations. By making a good night's sleep a priority, you are helping to clear up your skin one night at a time, while improving your overall skin health for the long-term. While you're sleeping, the body's hydration rebalances and your skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water, in general in the body, is processed for removal. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to repair themselves and without the deeper phases of sleep, this won't occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight.
One's lifestyle and daily routine also have a huge impact on overall skin health. Your skin is a reflection of your lifestyle. In fact, apart from several hereditary skin conditions, your skin is largely determined by your habits and lifestyle choices. Eating nutrient-rich foods in a balanced diet, maintaining exercise routines and lowering stress levels with mindful actions and intentions are all attainable and helpful ways to boost one's immune system and radiate a positive attitude, in turn effecting one's skin.
In the last several decades, science, research and extreme climate changes have played a huge role in our collective conscious and awareness of how we can independently care for our skin and help prevent premature ageing by avoiding UV rays, covering up our skin while in the sun and taking extra precautions by lathering up with adequate SPF and broad-spectrum protection that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Our external climate has begun to take a severe toll on our health and skin and heightening our awareness and applying precautionary measures to take care of ourselves inside and out are the key ingredients to looking and feeling our best.