Fortunately, there are certain steps anyone can take to prevent signs of stress and feel more confident. Here are our six top tips for keeping your skin youthful.
1. Moisturize Your Skin Morning & Night
A cardinal rule for healthy skin is simple to remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It's essential to moisturize your skin daily to have healthy, young-looking skin. Apply moisturizer in the morning and at night.
A leading cause of wrinkles and fine lines is dryness. Helping your skin hold on to the moisture it needs will help disguise or hide small lines and wrinkles. Be sure to look for a product that matches your skin type — sensitive, dry, oily, or some combination.
2. Use Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Daily
Sun exposure is one of the primary culprits of premature skin aging. Exposure to UV light causes breakdowns in your skin's connective tissue, or collagen and elastic fibers. Your skin's strength and flexibility decrease when this type of disruption occurs.
Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and at least SPF 30. This advice applies daily, year-round, regardless of whether it's sunny outside or not. If you'll be outdoors at all, sunscreen is a must.
You may even decide to use a daytime moisturizer that also contains sunscreen. This lets you accomplish both goals — moisturizing and sun protection — with one product.
3. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
When you take care of one aspect of your health, it has a positive effect on other elements. By taking a few necessary steps for a healthy lifestyle, you'll see improvements in your skin’s youthfulness.
- Sleep: A proper amount of sleep is essential for your health and well-being, including your skin's appearance. When you get sufficient sleep, your body sends more fluids to needy areas and removes fluids from other areas. Lack of sleep can cause increased inflammation and stress hormone production, worsening skin issues such as acne and eczema.
- Diet: What you eat and drink can impact your skin’s appearance. While research isn't entirely detailed on the direct impact your diet has on your skin, most experts agree nutrient-rich foods are beneficial. Foods high in antioxidants are a good bet, especially fruits and vegetables. Eating a well-balanced diet is also advantageous to the skin.
- Smoking: Don't smoke. Or if you do, quit smoking. In addition to other health risks, smoking ages your skin. If you smoke, your skin will be drier and less elastic, causing more wrinkles. Another unappealing side effect may be a grayish, dull skin tone and a leathery quality. Smoking is not worth the risks to your skin or your health.
4. Wash Your Face
You've probably made the mistake of occasionally crashing into bed at night, too tired even to wash off the day's grime. You do unintentional damage to our skin by skipping this essential routine.
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and cosmetics. It's worth the few extra minutes to ensure your face is clean at the start of the day and before you go to sleep.
5. Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, which allows your skin to look brighter due. It also helps your skin be capable of absorbing the moisturizers and serums you use daily.
It's essential to do a little research before attempting any type of exfoliation technique. For instance, if your skin is particularly sensitive, you should avoid harsh scrubbing, which will only irritate your skin.
There are also different recommendations for oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin. You might try mechanical exfoliation, which simply means a physical action to cause exfoliation, such as using a facial scrub or brush. The other primary type is chemical exfoliation, which uses acids and skin peels.
No matter what your skin type and what method of exfoliation you use, be sure to be gentle on your skin. Your goal is to remove the dead skin cells and leave room for rejuvenating new skin cells, but this should not cause excessive redness or irritation.
6. Use an Anti-Aging Serum
Many dermatologists say anti-aging serum can be a great tool in developing and maintaining younger-looking skin. Serums can not only reverse some of the skin damage caused by aging, but they can also help prevent wrinkles and lines from appearing in the first place.
When selecting a product such as a serum, try to focus on your primary anti-aging concern. No single product can effectively treat all potential skin issues, so it's best to hone in on what you need most, such as smoothing wrinkles or eliminating dark spots.
In Closing: Youthful Skin Tips
While we can't prevent the effects of aging on our skin, it's certainly possible to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs. By using these tips, you can enjoy more youthful-looking skin.
Elizabeth Willis was in pharmaceutical sales for a decade and specialized in skin care products. Now, she runs her own small business, which focuses on health care products.