Follow a Good Skin Care Regimen
The key to anti-aging is following a good skin care regimen to achieve healthy skin. When your skin is healthy, it does not show early signs of aging.
Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser, both in the morning and at night. This will keep your skin clean, soft and free of pore-clogging debris. When buying a cleanser, try avoiding those with high alcohol content because it tends to dry out your skin.
Applying an excellent quality moisturizer on your face twice a day will help prevent dry and aging skin.
Exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a gentle facial scrub will encourage skin cell renewal, making your skin look younger. It will also help get rid of dead skin cells and keep your skin smooth, healthy, bright and fresh.
Choose Skin Care Products Wisely
A lot of people make the mistake of using the wrong type of skin care products. This can cause tingling, itching, dryness and irritation. It’s simple to rectify or avoid this mistake.
First thing is first, you need to determine your skin type by analyzing your T-zone area and then choose suitable products to keep it healthy and young. Also, you should avoid using too many cosmetic products at the same time.
When you are past your mid-20s, use products WITH retinol, peptides and antioxidants. Retinol promotes an increase of collagen and elastic production. Peptides can stimulate collagen production and cell repair to help you get younger-looking skin. Antioxidants will help protect your skin from the sun and speed up the natural skin repair system. If you have any doubts, you can always consult a dermatologist to help you find the right products for your skin care needs.
“Because I’m a plastic surgeon, companies send me so many skin-care samples—and some of them have 10 different steps! But I’m realistic, so there’s no way I’m going to sign up for some huge beauty system that costs hundreds of dollars and requires a commitment that I’m not willing to make. Honestly, here’s my daily skin-care routine: I go home, wash my face with a drugstore cleanser, put on a moisturizer, and fall into bed. I find that this simple regimen works well for me.”—Karen M. Horton, MD, plastic surgeon and reconstructive microsurgeon at the Women’s Plastic Surgery Center, San Francisco
“First thing every morning, I massage organic sesame oil from the health-food store all over my body. Working it in wakes me up and really gets my blood circulating. Plus, the oil hydrates my skin, giving it a healthy glow. Then I jump in the shower—the oil naturally cleans away dead skin cells.”—Lisa Hedley, founder and creative director of the Mayflower Inn and Spa, Washington, Conn.
Don’t Forget your Sunscreen
Sunscreen is the ultimate anti-aging tool recommended by beauty experts. Whether it is summer, winter, autumn or rainy days, you should not leave your home without applying sunscreen.
Too much sun exposure can be harmful to your skin. The ultraviolet (UV) rays are particularly harmful to your skin’s elastin, and can cause a loss of collagen. This is what leads to sun spots, wrinkles, uneven tone, dryness, rough skin and sunburn.
It is best to apply a 15 SPF (or greater) sunscreen every day, even in the winter. For maximum anti-aging benefits, make sure to apply sunscreen on your ears, neck, legs and hands along with your face.
Get Your Beauty Rest
Stay looking young for years, get 7 to 8 hours of beauty sleep daily without fail. Sleep is considered the most powerful rejuvenating treatment to maintain youthfulness.
When you sleep, adrenaline and corticosteroid levels drop and the body starts to produce growth hormone. During this time, the repair and growth process of cells occurs. If you don’t get enough sleep, this function is impaired and leads to inflammation that causes many signs of aging like wrinkles, dull complexion and fines lines.
In addition to anti-aging skin, a good night’s sleep also has many health benefits like better memory, mood, attention and concentration as well as a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
To help improve your sleep, maintain a regular bedtime, avoid caffeinated beverages before bedtime, take a warm bath with a few drops of aromatherapy oil in the evening, and sleep on the right mattress and pillows.
Exercise is good for your mind and your body. Regular exercise improves blood flow and keeps your skin healthy and vibrant. It also regulates your hormones and promotes proper sleep.
According to a study published in the journal Circulation, exercise has anti-inflammatory potential and decreases the risk of developing inflammatory diseases like heart disease and obesity. Exercise also combats the loss of stamina, muscle strength, balance and bone density that increases with age. It is important to do physical activity for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Activities that can help slow down the aging process are running, walking, dancing, cycling, gardening and even housework. Aerobic exercise classes and yoga also help a lot.
Give Yourself a Break from Stress
Several studies have shown that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. When you are under stress, hormonal changes occur that can cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster.
Stress can even cause anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue and many other conditions that will surely make you look older than your age.
It is so important to try to control the level of stress in your life. If you are under stress, take steps to manage it with deep breathing, walking outside amid nature, practicing yoga, meditating or indulging in any other activity that can divert your thoughts from the stressful situation and help calm your mind.
If you have difficulty controlling or managing stress, consult a specialist or seek out a support group
Healthy skin starts with healthy eating, so you need to think seriously about what you are eating on a daily basis. To slow down the aging process, follow these key tips.
Include more antioxidant-rich foods in your diet. Antioxidants help increase cellular regeneration and protect collagen, this keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free. Ensure adequate intake of essential fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed and fatty fish. These healthy fats help your skin function properly and aid in tissue repair. Plus, they help reduce inflammation in the body and improve mental health.
Everyone should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 3 servings of whole grains daily. This will provide protein, calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc and other essential minerals that your body needs to function properly.
“The number-one ingredient that I avoid in my diet is processed sugar. The reason: It speeds up the aging process by binding to and eventually weakening the collagen in your skin, which can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging. I eat lots of vegetables and fruits every day—and I steer clear of Twinkies at all costs!”—Ava Shamban, MD, dermatologist and owner of the Laser Institute for Dermatology and Skin care, Santa Monica, Calif.
Water is the foundation of young-looking skin, hence you need to drink an ample amount of water throughout the day. It helps keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, making it look younger and healthier.
Plus, water also will aid digestion, improve your energy and concentration, and flush toxins from your body. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin can become dry, dull and dehydrated, leading to issues like fine lines and wrinkles, and chapped lips.
To stay hydrated, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Along with water, you can drink green tea, fruit juices and vegetables juices, or eat fruits and vegetables rich in water content. Just be sure to watch the sugar intake.
“I avoid stained teeth by drinking my coffee quickly. If you sip it over the course of an hour, it keeps coating and recoating. The same goes for other staining liquids, like tea and dark juices.”—Elisa Mello, DDS, cosmetic dentist, New York City
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is one drink that you must avoid or drink less as it accelerates the aging process and affects mineral absorption in the body. Plus, it makes your liver work harder to eliminate harmful toxins, which in turn makes your skin look dry and lifeless. Alcohol may even increase your risk for non-melanoma skin cancer, cause flare-ups of rosacea and skin irritation.
To maintain younger looking skin, you should drink alcohol in moderation or, for maximum benefits, stop drinking entirely.
Smoking tarnishes your skin and makes you look older than your actual age. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 harmful toxins.
Some of these toxins cause the blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to constrict, in turn reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood. Plus, smoking reduces the production of collagen.
These factors can lead to dull skin, sagging skin, dark lips, wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, deep lines in the cheeks, dull hair and discolored nails.
Also, smoking as well as second-hand smoke has adverse effects on your overall health. It can cause respiratory problems, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, earlier menopause, and lung and other types of cancer.
Considering the ill effects of smoking on your skin and general health, it is essential to quit smoking as soon as possible.