We all want to maintain a youthful appearance and triumph over wrinkles: most products on the beauty market today are targeted towards anti-aging skin care, products meant to treat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles and restore a general youthfulness and vitality to your skin.
However, maintaining a youthful appearance requires more than just a particular product. The secret to healthy skin is actually in your hands: certain lifestyle changes, in addition to using high-quality products, can help keep that youthful glow. Let’s take a look at some important factors to consider and tips on how to keep those wrinkles at bay.
Our behaviours and habits we have affect our entire well-being, including making an impact on your skin. Taking care of your whole body will help your skin healthy, and allow it to shine out. Try and practice a healthy lifestyle – what you put into your body, and how you take care of it, will affect your skin for better or for worse. Remember to:
- Eat well: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables – these are healthy forms of sugar and energy, and will keep you energized. Avoid junk food – not only are these foods bad for your body, they can clog up your pores, leading to acne and blemishes.
- Drink lots of water: Stay hydrated! Water helps flush out impurities and waste materials – impurities that would affect the healthy glow of your face. Making sure you stay well-hydrated will also help maintain the surface moisture levels on your face, which will help against the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.
- Exercise: Physical exercise will up your energy levels, promoting circulation in the skin and throughout the body. Follow a healthy exercise routine which includes staying well-hydrated and eating healthy meals. Don’t go overboard: avoid exercising in extreme temperatures, and don’t over-exert yourself – the strain will show!
- Get plenty of rest: Fatigue instantly makes us look older, leading to dark circles under the eyes and a loss of healthy glow. Get sufficient sleep every night – allow your body that time to replenish itself and take on a new day!
Shade, not sun!
Though Vitamin D is important for our health and our happiness, too much sun can severely damage the skin, in the worst case scenarios, even leading to skin cancer. Too much sun on unprotected skin causes the skin to look aged – if your skin is not protected, the sun can over dry your skin, and damage cellular processes which allow your skin to remain elastic, moist and able to repair itself. Sun damage is very apparent, causing pigmentation changes and a rougher texture.
Don’t avoid the sun, but prepare for it: use SPF products daily, and on your entire body – don’t forget to use a lip chap with SPF as well. Wear a hat and sunglasses and opt for shaded areas during peak hours of the day over direct sunlight.
Skin Care Routine: Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!
A necessary component to your daily routine is the use of high-quality moisturizing products. Wrinkles occur from the a decrease in oil and water productions by skin. Moisturizers help replenish water reserves and protect them. There are many outside factors that affect the skin’s hydrating levels, ranging from the more drastic – exposure to harsh climates, extreme temperatures – to the affects from our daily routines – bathing, perspiration and cosmetic use, for example.
When choosing a moisturizer, be sure to pick products that will soothe irritations rather than causing them – be aware that certain fragrances and ingredients can cause sensitivities. Choose a moisturizer based on your skin type: if your skin tends to be oilier and more acne-prone, stick to water-based products instead of oil based. If, however, you have dry, sensitive or aging skin, pick a more intensive product or treatment plan. Choose moisturizers that are oil-based, and that name nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants on their ingredient list – these ingredients provide extra “fighting power” against your wrinkles!
Know your Weakness: Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Each person ages differently, meaning that skin problems that crop up will be unique to each individual. Accordingly, mold your skincare approach to your specific needs. Fine lines around the eyes? Look into anti-aging serums. Skin texture loose in certain areas? Try a collagen-based product to tighten and improve your skin. There are countless products out there to address any and every concern – there will be ones just right for you!
A daily routine which includes all of these elements will be the optimal strategy against signs of age, as it is based around protection, restoration and beautification. Remember that a lot of your image is in your control – take care of yourself, and it will show!