Do you want your skin to stay looking refreshed and young? We have just the tips you need to keep your skin healthy!
“The process of skin aging is complex and multifactorial, as structural, functional and aesthetic changes happen at a variable rate,” said Katerina Steventon, PhD. “It is misleading to consider skin aging as a uniform biological event; several distinct biological processes may occur concurrently. There are five types of skin aging, including: intrinsic, extrinsic, lifestyle, hormonal or catabolic.”
The smallest preventatives can have the biggest impact on how your skin looks. The key is to watch your sun exposure, moisturize your skin regularly, refrain from smoking, eat healthy, and exfoliate regularly. All of these tactics can keep your skin looking soft and rejuvenated.
Avoid Sun Exposure
When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than lying out and drinking some ice-cold lemonade. But too much sun can damage your skin and even lead to cancer.
While you are enjoying a hot day, make sure to lather up in sunscreen that contains at least an SPF of 15 and keep your body in the shade, especially your face. If you are walking around or don’t have shade near you, keep an extra hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing on hand.
Having dry skin can lead to discomfort and premature aging. Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the most beneficial things you can do to keep it plump and youthful. Luckily, there are many ways you can go about moisturizing—here are just a few tips dermatologists recommend:
- Use warm water (not hot) when you shower
- Moisturize right after showering
- Apply ointments and creams
- Limit scented skin care
- Utilize hypoallergenic detergent
- Use a humidifier
Develop a daily routine to keep your skin looking great. Additionally, maintaining your water intake will have your skin glowing from within.
Refrain from Smoking
Most of us know that smoking can have several drawbacks on our health, and our skin health is one of them. Just like having too much sun exposure, smoking can cause your skin to age rapidly and cause cancer.
The appearance of your skin can change drastically when you take a step back from smoking. For example, according to Action on Smoking and Health, “Smokers in their 40s often have as many facial wrinkles as non-smokers in their 60s.” Protect your skin today by refraining from smoking and start your journey to radiating beautiful skin.
When it comes to your skin’s health, what you put into your body can make all the difference. Prioritizing nutrient-dense foods and vitamins in your diet can keep your complexion looking great. Include foods that have lots of protein, good fats, and vitamin C, such as the following:
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark chocolate
Consuming nourishing food will do wonders for your skin. With some added creativity, you can make several delicious meals that cater to your skin.
Exfoliating your skin reduces clogged pores and removes dry, dead skin, revealing new, restored skin. Try exfoliating your skin one to two times a week and keep in mind that exfoliating should be done softly to lessen the chance of making microcuts. Your skin type can help you decide how to exfoliate. Here is a quick rundown of what exfoliating technique to use depending on your skin type:
- Oily skin: manual exfoliation and brushing
- Normal skin: manual and chemical exfoliation
- Combination skin: mix of mechanical and chemical exfoliation
Additionally, what part of your body you are exfoliating can determine your technique as well. Learn your skin type to take your skin care to the next level.
When it comes to your skin, take the time to protect it against the sun, moisturize a lot, refrain from smoking, eat a diet high in protein and fats, and exfoliate regularly to keep it looking vibrant and wrinkle-free.
A version of this article was published by The Daily Herald. It has been republished here with permission.