Yeah, you know the sun's bad, but did you realise that UV damage alone is responsible for up to 80 percent of the appearance of skin as we age? That's kinda big time, right?
According to David Khoo, Olay's Skin Scientist, there are two main causes of skin ageing – intrinsic and extrinsic.
"Intrinsic ageing has to do with our genetic lottery, the way our wrinkles form as our skin ages is inherited from our mothers" says David. "However, extrinsic ageing factors accelerate this process. For example, UV damage causes wrinkles, uneven texture and dark spots to form more quickly."
Makes good sense to not only stay out of the sun, but to also diversify your skincare routine as the seasons change - like you switch up your wardrobe season to season. Especially if you’re engaging in outdoor activities - whether that be a morning jog or an outdoor wedding. Environmental conditions have a huge impact on the behavior of your skin and even how your makeup wears throughout the day.
It's not only SPF that will aid in a skintacular healthy glow and that much-coveted even skin tone. As well as embracing a morning-and-night cleansing routine, here's my top five tips for age-fighting, younger-looking complexion that'll last the test of time:
Hit up the H2O: A large gulp of water right before bed and a glass when you wake up combats the overnight activity that sees your skin cells’ zapping up to 25 percent of your natural moisture while they work to expel toxins.
Zinc supplement: Take a daily 30mg zinc supplement to combat lacklustre, flakey skin. Zinc is utilised by the body for tissue repair and can also be found in chicken, eggs, pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Superfoods: Indulge in antioxidant-rich beauty foods. Avoid anything inflammatory like sugar and dairy, and add coloured leafy greens and protein to your diet. Health and Lifestyle Commentator Sheridan Buchanan agrees; "Choose foods rich in vitamin E (almonds and kale), vitamin C (berries and citrus fruits), vitamin A (sweet potato and leafy greens), zinc (oysters and chicken), healthy fats (avocado and walnuts ) and omega 3 fatty acids (eggs and wild salmon) to feed you skin nutrients."
Take a Probiotic: For real, a clean and clear digestive system is the skin secret to an oh-what-a-glow complexion.
Exfoliate before you moisturise: Slough away flaky dry skin that’s leftover from the changing seasons with a gentle exfoliating system. Exfoliation is equally as important in summer as it is winter because the dermis builds up oil and sweat and you want to be certain you're removing every last sign of it from your skin to avoid clogged pores. Follow up with a sun-protection moisturiser like Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream that offers UVA/UVB protection with an amino-peptide complex that works to help renew the skin’s surface layers and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. RRP $52.99