Worried that age is fast catching up with you? You’re not alone sis! Thousands, if not millions of other women around the world are also worried sick about the same thing! If you have been standing in front of the mirror looking at and counting the number of grey hairs on your head or how your skin has started to wrinkle, all hope is not lost. And if you’re reading this in your 20s and early 30s, the tips I will share here still apply to you. Despite the popular term “black don’t crack” women of colour are not immune from the effects of ageing. You can, however, slow down the ageing process by following these 10 simple things:
Drink Loads of Water to get that “Glow”. You must have probably heard this a million times but water can do so many good things to your body. From helping you lose weight to making the skin soft, supple, and younger. So, don’t just limit water intake to just 8 glasses, drink as many as you can, and do not replace plain water for juices or other beverages.
Stop Washing your Face with Soap. Facial skin is extremely delicate and harsh chemicals in the soap can rip the natural oils from the skin and make it extremely dry, speeding up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To slow down the ageing process, you can, therefore, avoid using soap on your face and instead switch to mild cleansers, ideally without any alcohol content.
Wear a Good Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Every Day. Most coloured women believe that they don’t need sunscreen and that it is only for white people. However, this is a myth. Black women still need to wear sunscreen. When continuously exposed to the sun, collagen, the primary component of skin that helps it retain its youthful appearance is broken down. It is, therefore important to make it a habit to start wearing sunscreen on very hot days and avoid premature skin ageing.
Moisturize skin irrespective of skin type. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize irrespective fo your skin type because lack of moisture and hydration triggers all signs of ageing to show up quicker.
Get Lots of Sleep. Sleep deprivation actually speeds up the ageing process because the cells have less time to recover and repair from damage.
Sleep on your back. It’s as simple as this – sleeping face down on the pillow will lead to the formation of creases and wrinkles due to the friction caused by the pillow cloth and the skin.
Supplement up! The most important vitamins you will need to slow down the ageing process are Vitamin E and C. Vitamin E is a necessary nutrient for flawless skin and healthy hair while Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights all signs of premature ageing – from brightening up skin tone, treating hyperpigmentation, to increasing collagen production – it does all! There are many foods that are rich in vitamin C that one can easily find locally – lemon, guava, capsicum are loaded with vitamin C.
Exercise Regularly For Beautiful Skin. An active lifestyle with regular exercise improves blood circulation throughout the body and can help reverse signs of ageing.
Ditch the Junk Food. Junk food is high in calories, sodium, sugar, monosodium glutamate, vegetable oil – all of which damage the skin cells and raise inflammation, and cause the formation of wrinkles.
Give up White Sugar. Cutting down on sugar will have an amazing reaction on your skin because insulin spikes caused by high refined sugar in the body causes inflammation of the skin which leads to premature ageing, wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin tone.