Your skin can’t be replaced, and any attempts to correct your skin care mistakes with surgery could lead to very unnatural results. The key to aging gracefully lies in taking care of your skin as early as possible, both from the inside and out.
Caring for your skin from the insideYour skin depends on how you treat your entire body.
Water: Drink at least 3.7 liters daily. It makes up well over half of your body. When it comes to your skin, this couldn’t be truer. Hydration from the inside - and from the outside, as you’ll see later on - can make a major difference in the appearance of your complexion.
Diet: Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. You have been hearing it since your childhood. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants including Vitamin C, carotenoids like beta carotene, polyphenols, and flavonoids. All these substances can be obtained through diet. But just like healthful foods can help your skin, unhealthy foods can harm it.
Sleep: Get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. When you don’t get enough sleep, there is a good chance of losing your temper. And your ability to concentrate can also be hampered. Besides, a lack of sleep affects your appearance. On the other hand, the skins of those who sleep well actually recover more quickly from UV light exposure.
Exercise: Keep a regular exercise regimen. Sweat helps keep your skin healthy. Even beyond giving you that healthy glow and rosy cheeks, there is evidence regular exercise can help stave off visible signs of aging.
Smoking and excessive drinking: Don’t do these. Smoking is an addictive behavior and so is excessive drinking. And both of these can lead to premature aging.
Caring for your skin from the outside
At some point, no matter how well you eat your veggies, wrinkles will appear. This is where topical skin care comes in.
Clean: Make cleaning your skin twice daily a habit. Your face is rarely covered, making it open to all of the elements and pollutants in the air you breathe. Dirty skin is far less about appearance than it is the long-term effects - pimples, wrinkles, and microscopic damage from pollutants. Use a clean washcloth.
Protect: Wear sunscreen any day you plan on leaving the house. Damage from UV rays is one of the primary causes of premature aging. The sun’s effects on your skin include: dehydration, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, sagginess, and discoloration. If your daily moisturizer has a sunscreen, you don’t have to think about it.
Treat: If you choose anti-aging products, give them a chance to work, applying as directed for at least a month to test their effects on your skin. There are countless anti-aging products on the market. If you go into the cosmetics section of any drug store, you’ll find them. Seek out anti-aging products that are focused on hydration. You can buy a day cream that will act as a moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging tool. If you’re looking for the best anti-aging serum or night cream, those with retinoids are always a solid choice.
Keeping your skin looking its best requires work, but establishing good habits can make the efforts automatic. Further, many of the habits that lead to better skin also lead to better overall health.