Monday, August 15, 2016

Does your skin age actually match your real age?

Apparently our skin can be a different age to our biological one. 

Many of us may fixate on the odd wrinkle or age spot, and we all know that certain things like smoking and excessive tanning can speed up the aging process. But do you actually know whether what you see on your face correlates to your actual age?

There’s a quick and simple test you can do to yourself to find out – and the results may give you a surprise.

To test your ‘skin age’ simply flip your hand over and then pinch a little bit of the skin using your thumb and forefinger.

Hold the skin for five seconds.

Once you let go, count how long it takes for your pinched skin to go back to its normal flat position.

The quicker your skin goes back to flat the younger your skin is, according to dermatologist Dr Alexis Abramson, who shared the skin age test with Metro.

If it takes between one and two seconds, your skin’s age is under 30, between three and four seconds means it’s aged between 30 and 44, five to nine seconds means it’s 45-50 and if it takes longer than ten seconds to go back to normal, you’re skin’s age is over 60.

If you're not happy with your results, there are a few ways to increase your skin elasticity. 

More than the beauty products you apply, your skin's general health is greatly influenced by what you feed it. The amount of water you drink and the types of food you consume every day can say a lot about you and your skin. 

So what should you be munching on for more youthful skin?

Pomegranate seeds contain ellagic acid and punicalagin, which has been shown to preserve collagen and protect against free radical damage. Pomegranates are also high in vitamin C, which helps with collagen production and the high levels of zinc they contain also assist with wound healing. 

Spinach contains beta-carotene and lutein which is good news for your skin as, according to research published in the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, these two nutrients have been shown to improve skin elasticity.

Watermelon is rich in vitamin C to assist in collagen cross linking and wound healing. It’s also high in the carotenoid lycopene which helps to improve circulation which helps to keep your skin glowing and radiant. 

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