Our skin often shows our age and our lifestyle choices. As we age, there are natural processes that change the elasticity and transparency of our skin. It may become rougher or appear to sag in certain areas. Although there is nothing we can do to stop ourselves from aging, there are ways we can help our skin to look younger and healthier.
The two most obvious lifestyle choices to keeping our skin looking younger are also the most inexpensive. Protecting your skin from the sun, using sunblock and wearing wide-brimmed hats, is one of the best ways to guard yourself against skin cancer and keep your skin healthy. Smoking is also listed as one of the largest factors contributing to the aging process of the skin. Not smoking or quitting if you do, can dramatically improve the health of your skin.
While these two factors greatly contribute to keeping your skin looking younger and healthier, there are other lifestyle choices you can make to improve how your skin looks:
Limit your alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol can dehydrate you and this includes dehydrating your skin. If you do drink, do so moderately and drink plenty of water to help keep yourself hydrated. Having a glass of water, fruit juice or other non-alcoholic drink in between drinks helps your body rehydrate.
Cleanse your face before bed. It is important to wash of the day's dirt, grime and make-up before going to bed. This helps remove bacteria and stops make-up and dirt from clogging pores. You should wash your face with a mild face-wash and warm water (hot water removes too many essential oils from your skin.) Pat your skin dry rather than using a towel to help keep some of the moisture on your skin.
Use a moisturizer on your face each day. Moisturizers can help your skin from looking dry and dull and helps to keep your skin maintain natural moisture levels. For those with dry skin, make sure you stay away from facial products containing alcohol and for those with oily skin, stay away from products that are oil-based. If your skin is naturally oily, you may not need to use a moisturizer - if your skin still feels tight 15 to 20 minutes after cleansing you probably can benefit from a moisturizer.
Wear sunglasses. The skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and using UV sunglasses can help protect this area from drying out and from the collagen around the eyes hardening. Sunglasses may also prevent you from squinting which may help lessen wrinkles.
Get enough sleep. Although this is often hard to do in a busy world, getting enough sleep is essential to staying healthy and looking healthy. Set a goal to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine may dry out skin. As with alcohol, if you drink caffeinated beverages, make sure to drink plenty of water to help rehydrate your skin.
Eat healthy. While it is always important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, there are a number of foods which can improve the look of your skin. Several previous posts have talked about this and offer some great tips on including foods that will improve your skin's health. Six Foods for Healthy and Beautiful Skin by Merely Me and How to Increase Collagen by Eating the Right Foods by one of our members, Verdungal should get you starting on making changes in your diet to help keep your skin looking younger.
Published On: January 20, 2012