No one really wants to age, right? As we age, wrinkles start to form (some like to call them “smile lines”) and our skin is less supple and resilient. However, there are things we can do, at any age, to keep skin vibrant and youthful looking.
Smoking takes years off your life and damages collagen and elastin in the skin. These two keep the skin flexible and firm so eliminating something that damages them is a smart, healthy thing to do! Smoking also decreases blood flow to the skin making it harder to receive enough oxygen to maintain health. Wrinkles form more easily from pursing the lips together as you smoke as well as from squinting to avoid getting smoke in your eyes. Stop smoking and watch your skin begin to improve!
Drink More Water
When you’re dehydrated, any available water is diverted to the heart and liver – organs that need it the most. Skin is not on the priority list when you’re dehydrated so it doesn’t receive the hydration needed for cell renewal. Drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day to ensure your body is getting enough water to maintain all the organs, including the skin.
What does exercise have to do with your skin, you might ask? When you engage in cardiovascular exercises, you encourage blood flow and nutrients to the skin’s surface. This helps to create more youthful looking appearance and glow. Exercise also helps to relieve stress – which leads us to the next point……
Easier said than done! However, reducing stress can change your outlook and appearance. Stress causes us to frown, squint, sleep less (which creates undereye bags) and all of these can affect the appearance of your skin. Stress makes it harder for your body to function properly so do what you can to avoid stress whenever possible.
Get Your Vitamin D More Safely
After a long winter, cloudy days or a vacation on the beach, the sunshine is simply joyful and appealing! But, it isn’t your skin’s best friend! Excessive exposure to UV rays can damage your skin and cause it to prematurely age. Wear sunscreen and reapply it often to prevent burns. However, don’t avoid the sun altogether as Vitamin D received from the sun is good for you!
Improve Your Diet
Did you know that skin is actually an organ? Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax and fish oil or walnuts are great for you skin because the support health cell membranes. Anti-oxidants (Vit. A&C) fight free radicals. Eat a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean diet, which really isn’t a diet at all but a way of eating. To learn more about the Mediterranean Diet, click here.
Using a moisturizer daily with SPF in it for the day and serums with vitamins, anti-oxidants and botanicals at night will improve the look and feel of your skin while also protecting it. Night serums are especially helpful because your skin has many hours of protection when there is no wiping or touching the skin. This allows the product to penetrate the cells and do their magic.
Lastly, Get Enough Rest
Work, home, kids, errands, caregiving, commitments, groceries….they all take time and sometimes there simply isn’t enough time. However, a regular routine of going to bed at the same hour and rising at the same time each day will improve your alertness, reduce fatigue and help you be more clear-headed during the day.
While certain things work better for some people than others, these basic things will help you achieve more youthful looking skin!