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Skin ageing is inevitable. Although we simply cannot avoid ageing physically, we can avoid premature skin ageing. With proper care, with regular exercise and with a healthy and nutritious diet, not only will your skin look younger, but you’ll feel younger too.

Stay away from bad habits

Numerous studies have concluded emphatically that habits such as smoking and drinking are not only bad for you, but contribute to premature ageing of the body. Smoking and drinking regularly can lead to dehydration, loss of collagen, premature wrinkling and skin redness. Enact a plan to cut down on these habits or work towards eliminating them entirely.

Pay attention to your hands, shoulders and neck

These areas of your body are notable for telegraphing your stress and age. Regularly moisture these areas of your body after showering or in the mornings, and always apply sunscreen before setting out from the house to avoid premature skin ageing.

Avoid unnecessary sun exposure

Although a certain amount of sun exposure is essential for getting vitamin D, excessive exposure to direct sunlight can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer, premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles. Even on overcast days, apply high SPF sunscreen before stepping out of the house.

Get your daily dose of beauty sleep

In order to repair itself, your body requires around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This is critical for the restoration of your body and mind, and will leave you better positioned and motivated to make good lifestyle choices during the day.

Boost your intake of antioxidants

Antioxidants are immensely useful in preventing premature lines and wrinkles and combatting skin-damaging elements and free radicals. Include in your diet antioxidant-rich foods such as beans, berries, dark chocolate, carrots, apples, artichokes, pecans, black plums and red grapes.

Don’t lose heart if you’re already seeing the signs of premature ageing. If used with the above small lifestyle changes, skin rejuvenation treatments can be very effective in reducing and slowing the signs of age. Procedures such as dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing and other effective anti-wrinkle treatments have made remarkable advances recently and can help restore glowing and radiant skin.