There is no way to totally stop the skin from aging, but there are some easy things we can do to slow it down and potentially reverse some of it. Here are the top 5 things you can be doing to look younger today.
1. Use the right skin care products
Skin care products should be your best friend! There are three superstar ingredients you should look for to boost youthful-looking skin
- Antioxidants- like vitamin c, help brighten skin
- Retinoids- increase cell turnover + stimulate collagen renewal
- AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliator to that helps remove the top layer of dead skin
2. Wear SPF every day
Sun damage to skin not only causes wrinkles, but it leaves you susceptible to skin cancer. Regardless if it’s a hot sunny day or cloudy and rainy, the use of sunscreen is a must. It is recommended to use an SPF of at least 30 every day, but don’t be fooled, any SPF higher than 50 has little evidence that it provides more protective benefits.
3. Practice Clean Eating
In order to keep skin happy, we need to keep our blood sugar levels steady. Highly processed foods, like fast food, which is full of simple carbs, unhealthy fat, and added sugar puts your body into a blood sugar roller-coaster. Instead try complex carbs and whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat are rich in fatty acids that have skin-smoothing properties. Another thing to watch out for is dairy. Dairy contains components that is related to the hormone testosterone. This hormone may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne.
4. Get enough sleep
The lack of sleep can not only make you look older by showing signs of premature aging, but it can also make you look less healthy. It is also harder for your skin to recover from irritation and any damage, especially sunburns. When you don’t get enough sleep, it results in poor water balance, which then leads to puffy bags under your eyes, under-eye circles, and dryness.
5. Drink plenty of water
Water is vital to not only our overall health, but our skin care as well. Loss of hydration in the skin shows up in more ways than one. It can be in the form of tightness, dryness, flakiness, congestion. Dry skin has less resilience which makes it more prone to wrinkling. Water is essential to maintain skin moisture and softness and it is the vehicle for delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. If your body gets dehydrated, it's going to pull water from your tissues and your skin to maintain the water concentration in your blood. When that happens, your eyes are going to look sunken and your skin is going to feel drier and less elastic so you will look a lot older