You may want to live to 105, but most people certainly don’t want to look it. Everyone wants to stay younger-looking for as long as they can. What’s the secret to great, healthy, young skin? Well, the secrets aren’t so secret! None of them require a whole lot of time or money, and you won’t need a plastic surgeon either!
Protect Your Face From the Sun
UV rays are incredibly damaging to skin. Getting sun burnt or tanning too much adds a lot of years to your face. If you want younger, more supple skin, you need to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. Whenever you go outside for any length of time, make sure that you cover all of your exposed skin in sunscreen with a high SPF rating. If you’re going to be outside all day, or for more than thirty minutes or an hour, you need to re-apply your sunscreen frequently.
If you’re going swimming, running, or biking, make sure that you buy sunscreen that is waterproof and won’t sweat off. It won’t do you any good at all if it washes or sweats off of your skin.
In addition to sun block, you should also consider what kind of clothes you’ll be wearing when you’re out in the sun. Long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats will protect your skin better than sunscreen can. Try to limit your exposure and seek out shade when you can. Avoiding sun burn is essential to keeping your skin soft and beautiful for years to come.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
Your diet has a lot more to do with your skin than you might think. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, especially those that are high in antioxidants, can help keep your skin clear and glistening. And make sure that you stay well-hydrated, too! Vitamin C found in citrus fruits helps to build up your immune system. Avoiding fatty, processed foods helps keep your skin’s oil production levels in check. You’ll have clear pores and shining, gorgeous skin.
Furthermore, if you’re dehydrated, your skin will show it. When you haven’t had enough water, your body will use all of the water it has to keep functioning, taking hydration that otherwise would be used to keep your skin glowing and supple and using it for your basic bodily functions. That’s why you need to get all of your daily recommended intake of water.
Choose the Right Products
Don’t wash your face and body with harsh soaps. A lot of soaps contain detergents, which are really hard on your skin. That tight-skin feeling you get when you get out of the shower? A lot of people think that feeling means “clean”, when, in fact, it just means “dry”. That feeling means that your skin is begging for moisture.
If you use gentler, moisture-rich body scrubs and facial cleansers, your skin will thank you. You’ll get out of the shower feeling clean but not dry. You won’t get that scaly, ashy effect in the winter, and your skin will look beautiful all year long for years to come.
If you have questions about skin care contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist. Contact us today.