We’re all looking to find the best tools to fight the signs of aging: the age spots, the sagging, the wrinkles, the fine lines and the inelastic skin. What we often fail to understand is that while there are some things we can’t control, there are many simple ways to improve and maintain the look of our skin. Some of these secrets are bound to surprise you:
Make sure you have a healthy diet no matter what. Foods rich in antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients can help you build up collagen and build natural protection into your skin so that when it comes time, you can fight the signs of aging from the inside out. Choose lean meats, whole grains and vegetables.
Exercise. Staying in shape can help promote healthy skin by increasing your circulation, which allows nutrients to flow through your body in order to get skin what it needs to maintain a healthy complexion. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full regimen: Just walking a mile regularly is enough to get your blood flowing.
Wear sunscreen. The damage that the sun can cause to your skin is not only unsightly but also dangerous, as too much sun can increase your risk for skin cancer. An SPF 15 is good for most skin tones to protect you not only from sunburn but also in the long term to prevent your skin from losing elasticity and getting age spots.
Don’t smoke. Smoking destroys a lot of your natural skin cells, which makes you look older and causes wrinkles. It also prevents your skin from getting the oxygen it needs in order to stay healthy. If you do smoke, try to take the steps to quit in order to retain your healthy skin.
Avoid stress when at all possible. When you have unnecessary stress, it can trigger breakouts and cause the breakdown of the skin’s natural process of sloughing off old cells and replacing them with new ones. We all experience stress from time to time, just make sure to manage it and take time to relax.
Cleanse gently. Too much or too harsh of a cleanser means that your face will be stripped away of the natural oils it needs in order to maintain a moisturized appearance. When choosing a cleanser, make sure to find one that’s good for your complexion, whether it’s oily or dry, without too much foaming.
Exfoliate. Sloughing off dead skin is important in order to achieve that youthful glow. It shouldn’t be harsh, but using one gently by massaging it into your skin in small circles can not only reveal the youthful-looking skin underneath but also stimulate the skin and increase circulation.
Moisturize. Moisturizing is the most important part of your skincare regimen when it comes to anti-aging. Dehydrated skin often shows wrinkles more than well-hydrated skin, so make sure that you have a good moisturizer no matter what type of skin you have, even oily skin.
Be kind to your eyes. The skin around them is extra-sensitive and thin, so you’ll need extra care in those areas. A good eye cream can help reduce puffiness and give extra moisture in order to prevent crow’s feet and sagging skin.
Start early. The best way to avoid wrinkles and other signs of aging is to make good skincare a habit early on. Building up your skin before aging sets on can serve as a strong foundation for years to come. Look for products with Vitamin A, which is known to help prevent wrinkles.
What are your best tips for keeping age at bay? Let us know your secrets in the comments below!