“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”—Benjamin Franklin
A little prevention can go a long way when it comes to healthy, younger-looking skin. So, if you are still young and don’t practice good skin hygiene, start now. If you are older, like me, it’s never too late to start taking steps to keep your skin looking as young as possible and slow down the formation of wrinkles or other damage. This includes not only your face but your entire body. Stay beautiful with these practical skin care tips.
For Healthy, Younger-Looking Skin Follow These Practical Tips
1. Be Sure to Wear Sunscreen
Sun worshippers beware! There is no such thing as a “healthy tan”. According to a report published by Harvard Health Publishing, dermatologist Dr. Barbara Gilchrest tells us “A tan is a response to DNA damage”.
Subjecting yourself to the harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun without sunscreen is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. We all know that UV rays can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, age spots, and premature aging. Protect yourself by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 SPF from head to toe and reapply often.
I personally love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer for my face because it doesn’t feel greasy. My family and I use Trader Joe’s spray sunscreen on our bodies. We love it because it is quicker and easier to apply than lotions and it doesn’t feel sticky. When hitting the beach, sprays are the way to go. No trying to rub lotion combined with sand on yourself or the kids.
And don’t forget about your lips. Lips get wrinkles too, so use a moisturizing lip balm containing sunscreen. For added protection, use moisturizers and makeup-containing sunscreen.
Want even more protection? Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Learn what the American Cancer Society has to say about how you can protect yourself from the sun.
2. Wash Your Face
Washing your face seems simple enough. Turn on the water, wet washcloth, apply face wash and start scrubbing. Well, not quite. There are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to keeping your face healthy.
The first thing you need to do is find a good cleanser. Non-abrasive cleansers containing vitamins A, C, and E are best to nourish your skin. Try to stay away from any that contain alcohol. I really like Beauty without Cruelty facial cleanser with vitamin C and Coq10. Since my moisturizer contains vitamins A and E, I feel like my face is on a well-balanced diet.
The next step, throw out your washcloth (or at the very least, keep it for use on something other than your face). Wet your face using lukewarm water (not hot-this will cause dryness) and use your fingertips to gently wash. Rinse with lukewarm water as well and pat dry. Do not rub your face with a towel because it could irritate you.
Keep in mind that you only need to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Lastly, apply a nutrient-rich moisturizer. We will talk more about that shortly.
Check out this video from the American Academy of Dermatology Association on how to properly wash your face.
3. Moisturize Daily
If you are not currently using a moisturizer on your skin, you are asking for trouble. Moisturizing your face and body can help prevent a variety of skin problems.
When your skin is dehydrated, it can become irritated and itchy. Applying a moisturizer not only gives you a younger-looking complexion but can also prevent breakouts as well.
Find a moisturizer that contains retinoids, vitamin C, hydroxy acids, or CoQ10. Retinoids can help repair damaged skin while vitamin C and CoQ10 provide protection.
Use a moisturizer containing hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. For maximum benefit, apply your moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and again at night immediately following cleansing.
Moisturizing isn’t just for face care. The rest of your body needs moisturizing as well. Applying lotion to your arms, legs, feet, and hands can help keep your skin hydrated, smooth out calluses, soften rough spots, and even help you feel relaxed.
So, make sure that moisturizing is part of your daily routine. This is just as important for the men in your life.
4. Use A Toner
Using a toner after washing your face can help remove any remaining dirt. It is also an important factor when it comes to pH balance. If your pH balance is out of whack, it can cause your skin to get irritated. Toner also helps your skin appear smoother. Apply toner with a cotton ball after washing your face and before applying a moisturizer.
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Another important part of a healthy skincare regimen is exfoliating. The process of exfoliating helps remove dead skin revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.
Work exfoliating into your routine just one or two times a week preferably in the morning. Keep it natural by using a small amount of baking soda and water to create a paste. I like mixing used coffee grounds and almond oil. Use it in the shower on your entire body and get three benefits at the same time. Not only does it exfoliate, but it also moisturizes and smells good too!
Keep your lips kissable by exfoliating them as well. Just put a small amount of Vaseline on a toothbrush and rub gently. Pucker up!
6. Nourish From The Inside
As you age, your skin loses elasticity. Think of the elasticity of your skin as compared to a rubber band. A new rubber band is strong and snaps back easily to its original shape. As the rubber band wears out, it becomes weaker and does not return to its original form.
There are a few things you can do to help maintain your skin’s elasticity such as limiting sun exposure, not smoking, getting a proper night’s rest, and eating a nutritious diet. Eating foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E is a great way to nourish your skin from the inside.
Vitamins A and E can help prevent damage from the sun. The antioxidants in vitamin C help to lower your chances of skin cancer. Consider adding orange and yellow fruits and vegetables such as carrots and cantaloupe to your diet. Green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, fatty fish, and nuts are also great foods for promoting healthy skin.
Limiting sugar and junk food is just as important. Consuming sugary foods, white bread, and other starchy foods can contribute to the breakdown of elastin and collagen.
As most of you probably know, drinking water is a healthy habit. But did you know that drinking water can also help improve the appearance of your skin? Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking bright and reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Water also keeps your skin plump and helps to improve elasticity.
7. Don’t Smoke
Need another reason to kick the habit? Besides causing cancer, smoking damages collagen and elastin. The Mayo Clinic tells us that smoking causes wrinkles to form earlier than that of a non-smoker. In addition, smoking inhibits blood flow which can lead to dry, coarse skin.
Your eyes are not the only place wrinkles can form from smoking. When you puff on a cigarette, you purse your lips which, in turn, promotes wrinkle formation. Even though you won’t be able to repair the damage that has already been done, quitting now can prevent further impairment.
When you sleep, it gives your body a chance to repair your cells. Getting an adequate amount of sleep, 7-9 hours every night, allows your skin cells to repair themselves. Restored skin cells promote a healthier complexion. So, get some ZZZs and wake up beautiful.
To keep your skin looking its best, remember to:
ALWAYS wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Preventing damage from the sun’s harmful rays can go a long way in keeping those wrinkles at bay.
Wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning, then again in the evening.
If desired, apply toner after cleansing to remove any dirt that may be remaining.
Moisturize your face and body immediately after cleansing unless you decide to use a toner in which case the toner should be applied to your face before applying your moisturizer.
Exfoliate one to two times per week to remove dead skin cells.
Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins A, C, and E and avoid sugary foods. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Don’t smoke. Kick the habit now to prevent further damage.
Get a good night’s rest. Not only will you feel better, but you will also look better too.
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