As we get older, our skin starts to show it. Some of the things that cause our skin to age are out of our control, however other things can be influenced to help slow the process. While we can’t control the natural aging process that causes lines and sagging, we can control some of the things that cause it to happen faster. Here are some tips to keep your skin as youthful as possible and healthy throughout the years.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Sun is one of the leading causes of damage and premature aging to our skin. Protect yourself from unnecessary sun exposure by wearing sunscreen daily that is SPF 30 or higher and water-resistant. In addition to sunscreen, you can use a self-tanning lotion rather than tanning in the sun if you really crave the color.
If you’re a smoker, quit. Not only will it improve your health in an innumerable amount of ways, smoking greatly speeds up the aging process of your skin. It will cause wrinkles as well as dull your complexion.
Avoid Squinting and Other Repetitive Expressions
Constant, repetitive facial expressions create lines on the face over time. Avoid squinting by wearing sunglasses. Try to keep a relaxed face and avoid frowning or furrowing your brow.
Nourish Your Body
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet isn’t only beneficial to your long-term health; it also allows you to avoid premature skin aging! Eating fresh fruit and vegetables can help prevent damage as well as avoiding a lot of sugar or food high in refined carbohydrates.
Drink Less Alcohol
Like smoking, drinking is hard on the body – and your skin is no exception. It causes dehydration which damages this skin, over time making us look older.
You may be seeing a pattern here – taking care of your body overall, also helps keep your skin young. Exercising regularly will not only keep you healthier overall, but it improves the circulation in your body as well as boosts the immune system. This helps create a more youthful appearance in our skin as well.
Keep Your Skin Clean
It’s important to cleanse your skin regularly, but equally important to do so gently. Rough scrubbing can cause irritation and damage. Washing gently will remove pollution, makeup and other substances while keeping your skin young and free from irritation.
Like sunscreen, moisturizer should be worn daily to hydrate and maintain your youthful skin. It’s possible that you can find moisturizers that include sunscreen.
Even if you notice signs that your skin has premature aging, it’s never too late to take action and improve it. Many times, damage can be healed, reversed, and preserved. Stop smoking, avoid excess sun, and stay moisturized and your complexion can remain radiant for years to come.