Though we cannot change the natural aging process, we can influence another type of aging that occurs as a result of our lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects of aging on our skin.
Here are six tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing:
- Apply moisturizer with SPF 30. It can’t be denied that protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is very important. You should wear a facial moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 30 every day. This can be applied to your face and neck in order to protect against incidental sun exposure. SPF can also help prevent the breakdown of collagen. Being proactive can really help minimize additional damage.
- Use retinoids. Both prescription and non-prescription retinoids can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, slow breakdown of collagen, bolster our skin’s thickness and elasticity, as well as lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. Retinoids work on our skin by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and rapidly die, making way for new cell growth underneath.
- Put on sunscreen. Studies have found that regular sunscreen use helps protect against aging: the spotting, wrinkling, and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Stay out of the sun during between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m since the sun’s rays are most intense this peak time.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is necessary for overall skin health. Staying hydrated keeps your skin moisturized, glowing, and healthy. That is not to mention all of the other benefits of drinking enough water. While eight glasses of water per day is the general guideline, water intake is not a one-size-fits-all, so try to listen to what your body needs.
- Eat healthy. A healthy diet can help you feel and look your best. Optimize your nutrition by eating antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruit, healthy fats from nuts and fish, and a balanced diet. Your diet should provide you optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc and selenium.