While it’s impossible to stop your skin from aging, there’s a lot that you can do to slow down the process. Of course, you need to start early so that your skin shows visible signs of aging quite later.
If you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and more, it’s time you do the best you can for your skin so that you don’t have to deal with these problems soon. And if you already have a few of these problems, it’s never too late to do the right things.
Here are a few tips to help your skin look great:
Eat and Drink Healthy
Working from the inside out is the best thing you can do for your skin. What you eat shows on your skin, and if you eat a healthy diet, you’re sure to have beautiful glowing skin.
Do drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Give up Bad Habits
This includes smoking and drinking excess alcohol. Smoking is not only bad for your heart, but for your skin too. It causes skin to sag, wrinkle, and discolor, making you look years older than you actually are.
Smoking cigarettes primarily affects the delicate areas of your face- around the lips and under the eyes. The habit also causes wrinkles all over the body as the chemicals in the smoke break down elastin and collagen cells. Furthermore, nicotine causes your skin to age prematurely by narrowing blood vessels and thereby decreasing blood flow to the skin cells.
When it comes to alcohol, drinking in moderation is fine. But too much of it dehydrates your skin. Additionally, alcohol dilates blood capillaries which can give your skin a flushed appearance.
Use the Right Products
Everyone’s skin is different so you can’t just slather on any cream you wish to. You need to buy products that suit your skin type.
It is important for you to know if you have normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin. You also need to be clear about your skin concerns. Are you looking for products that will help fight acne, sun spots, wrinkles, or under-eye dark circles?
Understand your skin’s needs and buy products accordingly. If you’re unsure of a product, try out a sample-sized freebie first instead of buying it.
Follow Your Skin-Care Routine Religiously
Once you know what products work best for your skin type, you simply need to ensure that you’re using them regularly and as intended.
Cleanse your skin daily. Avoid bar soaps that have sulfates as these can dry your skin. Liquid cleansers are less harsh and using one with benzoyl peroxide regularly can help prevent acne breakouts.
Exfoliating your skin at least once a week is important. It will slough off dead skin cells and make your skin soft and smooth. Don’t overdo it; harsh exfoliators can further dry your skin. Some gentle exfoliators can be used every day though.
Moisturizing skin is a must- even if you have oily skin. Just be sure to choose a non-greasy formula. Moisturizing your skin seals in moisture and makes your skin supple. If you’re using anti-aging creams, be sure to apply gently on fragile areas.
Stay Out of the Sun
Sure, everyone needs a little sun. But if you have spent your whole life soaking up the sun, you need to stop. Long-term exposure to the sun can cause age spots, wrinkles, and other skin problems. It can also increase the risk of skin cancer.
Avoid going out when the sun’s rays are the strongest- between 10 AM and 2 PM. Whenever you do head out, be sure to cover yourself with protective clothing to block the sun out. Opt for tightly-woven clothing, full-sleeved tops, and long pants. Put on a wide-brimmed hat as well.
And never forget to apply sunscreen. Choose one that has an SPF of 15 and apply generously. If you’re going to stay out in the sun for long, be sure to re-apply ever two hours.
Apply Make-Up Sparingly
When it comes to applying make-up on visibly aging skin, less is always more. Never try to hide your fine lines and wrinkles with foundation or concealer; doing so will make them more prominent.
Go for mineral make-up; it’s the best and most brands are also hypo-allergenic. Be sure to moisturize your skin well and allow the product a few minutes to get absorbed before you apply make-up.
Choose eye-shadow and lipstick colors and finishes wisely. Extra dark colors and products in a glossy or a frosted finish will make you look older. Go for creamy and moisturizing products in nude or light colors.
Remember to always take all traces of make-up off your face before going to bed. Your skin needs to breathe and going to bed without cleansing your face will clog up your pores.
There’s nothing to worry if you’ve started to see signs of aging on your skin. Just follow the tips mentioned here and your skin is sure to look youthful and radiant!
Korie Cantor has been working as a freelance writer for a long time. She has a diverse background in health and fitness and is always on the lookout for new stuff and cool freebies in this regard. She loves sharing her opinions on the latest issues affecting women.
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.