You want to look young as you get older? In order to make time stand still, you have to cultivate healthy habits from a young age. These habits can be simple no-brainers, but all are necessarily to pamper your skin and make sure that you appear young and beautiful for years to come. OROGOLD reviews the top ten tips that you can start on (no matter what your age is) to will give yourself a youthful advantage:
–Don’t smoke. This is possibly the most important anti-aging skincare tip available, as studies have shown time and again how smoking can speed up the aging process by increasing wrinkles such as crow’s feet and mouth lines at a faster rate than non-smokers. It also cuts off circulation, which limits how many new skin cells your body can produce, thus leaving you will dull skin.
–Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin from a young age can prevent age spots and damage from the sun that results in wrinkles. This is apart from the potential harm that skin cancer can wreak on your life. Stick with broad-spectrum sunscreens, which protect against both UVA and UVB rays, with at least an SPF of 15 in order to maintain a minimum amount of protection.
–Drink less alcohol. Alcohol is naturally dehydrating and takes away the natural moisture in your body, and that includes from your skin, so binge drinking regularly can take a toll. However, this doesn’t mean you have to give up alcohol entirely — in fact, a glass of red wine regularly has numerous benefits for your skin, including antioxidant properties.
–Eat a healthier diet. By cutting processed foods and increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you’re helping nourish your body from the inside out. Many of these foods also contain important ingredients for skin functioning, whether it’s citrus that has Vitamin C for collagen or salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids for moisture.
–Drink water. It may sound like a no-brainer, but drinking enough water is vital for long-term health. By keeping your insides hydrated, you’ll be able to see the benefits on the outside over the long term. Getting this extra hydration will mean healthier and more vibrant-looking skin cells, which in turn means less wrinkles as you get older.
–Exercise. Even just 20 minutes of activity a day can make a huge difference overall, whether it’s in helping elevate your mood or increasing circulation throughout your body. Part of the reason why skin loses its elasticity is because it’s not getting enough oxygen, and even minimal exercise can help in that. Take a walk, ride a bike or stretch out with some yoga for stress relief.
–Get your beauty rest. By sleeping at least seven hours a night, you’re helping rejuvenate your skin by giving it the downtime it needs from the stressors of the day and allows it to repair itself and regain balance. It also helps reduce the puffiness under the eyes that comes from lack of sleep. Even one good night’s sleep can make a difference in your overall skin tone.
–Avoid stress. Stress increases the level of cortisol in your body that can leave your skin dehydrated, which is a huge culprit in skin looking older. It also lowers your immune system and makes you more prone to outbreaks if you have harsh skin conditions. Make sure you take time during the day to relax in order to prevent stress from creeping up.
–Gently cleanse. If your cleansers are too harsh, it can unnecessarily dry out your skin, which means you might be irritating your skin more than actually helping it. Instead of using harsh bars and body washes, seek out a gentle facial cleanser that will cleanse the dirt and oil off your skin while not stripping away the essential oils your skin needs.
–Care for your skin. By preparing early with the right moisturizing products, you’re preventing damage before it begins. After cleansing, make sure you use a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type before applying your daily sunscreen. Starting with a good foundation for anti-aging means prevention as much as treatment.
How do you take care of your skin? What are your secrets to looking young? Let us know in the comments below!