'Prevent premature ageing' and look years younger by doing 'crucial' skin care practice every day

Woman applying skin care to her neck

An expert shared skin care advice everyone can follow

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 07/07/2024

- 10:39

Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the most important ways to reduce the signs of ageing, but your lifestyle choices also play a part

Putting the right products on your skin can reduce inflammation, make fine lines and wrinkles less visible and brighten the skin's appearance.

Speaking exclusively to GB News, an expert shared what you should put on your face and other lifestyle hacks for glowing, younger-looking skin.

Regularly using an SPF - ideally of 30 to 50 - is one of the best things you can do, medical aesthetic injector and skin specialist Emma Wedgwood.

She told GB News: "General advice for maintaining youthful skin includes, not only using the right skin care products, but also leading a healthy lifestyle.

Middle-aged woman applying sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is crucial


"Consistently wearing sunscreen, even on cloudy days, is crucial." A good sunscreen will protect against UV rays.

These rays are present, even on cloudy days, and UV light and exposure to sunlight is responsible for 90 per cent of visible changes on the skin, according to research in Cleveland Clinic.

Emma added: "The number one skin care tip that everyone can follow is to wear sunscreen daily. Regardless of skin type, tone, or age, applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is essential.

"UV radiation from the sun is a primary cause of premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and an increased risk of skin cancer.

"Consistent use of sunscreen helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays, preventing damage and maintaining a youthful complexion.

"Avoiding tanning beds and prolonged sun exposure is crucial, as these can accelerate skin ageing and increase the risk of melanoma."

What we put into our body also reflects on our skin, so cutting down on alcohol and smoking, and filling up on nutrient-dense foods can help skin glow, Emma continued.

She said: " A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, staying hydrated, and getting sufficient sleep contribute significantly to skin health.

"Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can prevent premature ageing. Managing stress through practices like yoga or meditation can positively impact skin health.


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Regular exercise has anti-ageing benefits


"Regular exercise increases blood flow, nourishing skin cells and keeping them vibrant."

Exercise that increases the heart rate and circulation benefits the skin. One study showed endurance exercise, such as cycling, can produce anti-ageing results for the skin.

Finally, those who would like more personalised information on how their skin is ageing can always speak to an expert.

Emma concluded: "Consulting with a skin care specialist or medical professional for personalised skin care advice and treatments can be invaluable in maintaining a youthful appearance."

The expert also shared specific advice on what you should do for your skin in your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

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