As the saying goes, “with age comes wisdom”, while it’s great being wise nobody wants to actually look old. Just about everyone dreads wrinkles, whether its smile lines, crow’s feet or those undeniable wrinkles formed from having an expressive face. Aging is inevitable but you can slow down the process by taking extra good care of your skin with these anti-aging secrets.

How are wrinkles formed?

The process of wrinkles start once the skin starts getting thinner due to lose of elasticity and collagen. A major contributing factor is that the skin has trouble getting moisture to the epidermis. The environment, genetics and UV/sun damage play a vital role in your skins texture as well.

Skin secrets to prevent aging:

  • SPF: Should be applied every couple of hours

I’m sure you’ve read the benefits of using sunscreen just about everywhere; which probably means that it must be one heck of an important product, right? Yes!

Growing up my mum always emphasized the importance of wearing a sunscreen and as I grew older I always wondered why SPF is good for anti-aging. Turns out it not only protects your skin from damage but also prevents skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied every couple hours during the day.

  • Ice your face daily  

Models such as Kate Moss and Jasmine Tookes practice this easy, efficient anti-aging skin secret almost daily. Using ice cubes are great for tightening the skin and locking in moisture to help prevent wrinkles.

Another major benefit that you’ll notice in no time is the radiant glow your skin has after applying ice. The best time to use ice on your face is after you step out of a hot shower; reason being it promotes blood circulation.  Grab an ice block from the freezer and slide it gently on your face.

Applying ice to the skin is not only for anti-aging, many use this secret tip for shrinking enlarged pores, treated inflammations on the skin (acne/ cystic acne)

  • Eye cream

Our eyes are certainly the windows to our souls, which is why you need to take care of your eyes and the skin around your eyes. Skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the skin on your face, making it a lot easier to get for dark marks and fine lines to appear in this area. Invest in a good eye cream to keep the area moisturized and hydrated.

  • Coconut oil

anti-agingThere are so many benefits for using coconut oil in not only your diet, but your skin care regime too. Coconut oil is inexpensive yet so effective for producing healthy looking skin. Instead of buying an expensive night cream and eye cream, opt for an organic coconut oil. Using coconut oil before bed not only makes you feel completely relaxed and like you’re in a tropical haven, but it revitalizes your skin throughout the night, promoting flawless skin.

Give yourself a mini facial massage when applying the coconut oil to help blood flow. Massage your skin in an upward direction to prevent skin from sagging.

  • Micro needling 

Micro needling might sound agonizing but it’s the ultimate modern method used to help produce collagen and reduce scarring.

The process involves a tool with tiny needles that are punctured into your skin. The puncture then forces the skin to repair itself. Now this might sound complicated but all that’s really happening is you’re tricking your skin into thinking that its wounded so that it sends fibroblasts to help restore and create collagen. Micro-needling is a little on the expensive side but the results are definitely worth it!

  • Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.

The skin is the largest external organ of the body and you probably don’t realize just how much dead skin you have. Exfoliating at least once a week is a vital part as it not only removes dead skin cells but it also promotes new healthy skin.

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Try this easy homemade exfoliating mask at home. All you’ll need is:

A mashed up papaya – papaya is great for firming the skin

4 Tablespoons rose water – rose water helps tighten the skin

1 Teaspoon brown sugar- helps remove dead skin cells

Method: Combine all the ingredients together and mix it into a fine past. Apply the mixture onto your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and moisturize your skin with coconut oil.