We all want healthy, beautiful, and younger-looking skin even as we age. While aging is inevitable, you can at least delay its effects on your skin with some effort on your part. There are several ways of keeping your skin looking young. Here are some of them.
Drink enough water
Of all the things that you can do for your skin, hydration is the simplest and the most important. After all, our skin is 64% water, and replenishing it makes a lot of sense. At least eight glasses of water a day should do it.
Don’t get too much sun
We understand that some of you have this need to get a tan, but spending a lot of time under the sun can have adverse effects on your complexion. Your skin will look dry and wrinkled, especially if you’re not in the habit of using sunscreens with a high SPF.
That said, if getting out in the sun is an inevitable part of your daily routine, apply a high-SPF sunscreen (SPF 30 is recommended) at all times, and re-apply if and when necessary.
Eat a balanced diet
Foods rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants are great for the skin, so add salmon, almonds, and flaxseed to your diet. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables as well. If you can minimize your intake of dairy products, meats, and other saturated fats that increase free-radical damage, the better it would be for your skin.
Do some stress management
Stress is bad for your skin as cortisol triggers inflammation that breaks down collagen, the protein that replaces dead skin cells and helps keep our skin strong and elastic. Since we all go through stress in one form or another, the best thing we can do is manage it.
A balanced diet and constant exercise help reduce stress, but you can also try deep-breathing exercises and meditation.
Beyond helping manage stress, exercise has a direct effect on the skin. Physical exercise in any way, shape, or form tones your skin and aids collagen production by infusing it with oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also improves blood circulation and helps carry away free radicals and toxins from your body.
Get enough sleep
If you’re not getting at least eight hours of sleep a day, you are more likely to end up with sallow and dull-looking skin, which will make you look older. Lack of sleep also leads to dark circles around your eyes. Always get plenty of rest if you can. Not only will it make your skin look healthy and younger, but it will also lower your risk of heart disease and other ailments that come with not getting enough sleep.
A good skin care routine
A good skin care routine includes gentle cleansing, toning, and moisturization. If you can add exfoliation to your beauty habits, that would be great too.
Of course, anyone can also opt for various treatments to achieve younger-looking skin. Fine lines and wrinkles, dry or oily skin, and acne, for example, can be treated with a simple chemical peel. There are also a number of available treatments for sagging skin, including ClearLift, which is a laser skin resurfacing technique.
Achieving younger-looking skin takes some work. The result, however, is worth all that effort. So take care of your skin in any way you see fit, and continue to turn heads as the years go by.