1. APPLY SUNSCREEN DAILY.
You should wear sunscreen daily because it protects your skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation and prevents sunburns. Scientists have linked too much sun exposure to premature skin aging, wrinkles, and even cancer.
Wrinkles, for example, are caused by the damage UV rays inflict on your skin. This process, called photoaging, happens when UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin, drying it out by draining much-needed natural lubricating oils.
More specifically, long-term exposure to UVB rays from sunlight causes our bodies to produce more melanin which naturally protects us from its harmful effects. The result, however, is an increase in freckles or age spots on your face and arms, as well as fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and lips. This type of exposure will also eventually lead to pre-cancerous cells such as actinic keratosis or squamous cell carcinoma.
What SPF to Use?
Every sunscreen has an SPF number. SPF stands for sun protection factor. When you purchase a sunscreen, you need to look at the SPF number because it tells you how much protection the product offers against the sun's harmful waves of energy. Simply, a higher SPF means stronger protection against the sun. Buy a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. A lower SPF cannot guarantee you will be safe if in contact with sunlight, especially for hours at a time.
Finally, always apply sunscreen about half an hour before going out, so it has time to absorb into your skin and reapply as often as directed by the manufacturer. This will keep you safe and happy, knowing that you are protecting yourself from harm.
2. USE A MOISTURIZER.
While moisturizers are essential for virtually all skin types, it is indispensable for dry skin. They help protect against dry skin and eczema, which can be irritating to the person with these conditions and also those around him or her.
Don't misunderstand! Moisturizer does not cure these diseases. It can only help relieve some of the symptoms associated with them, such as itching or redness.
Another good reason for using moisturizer is that it makes your complexion look healthier by providing a more even tone and reducing shine while wearing makeup because less oil will get trapped in pores. It can also prevent wrinkles from forming by helping keep moisture in elastic tissue under our skins' surface.
Besides the importance of looking good, we need to take care of our skin because it is simply the largest organ in our body and protects us from infection, injury, dehydration, and radiation. It also helps regulate our temperature by releasing sweat on hot days or when we are exercising. If not appropriately monitored through moisturizing lotion or ointment, these skin-related issues may develop into serious diseases, resulting in permanent damage to the skin surface.
Finally, a moisturizing lotion prevents water loss from the skin while protecting it against environmental factors like cold weather, dry air at home or workplace, and heat waves outside.
3. USE A COLLAGEN-BASED CREAM
Collagen is a protein that makes up one-third of the body's total dry weight. It is found in the skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Collagen gives strength to tissues throughout the body.
Nowadays, collagen-based creams are all the rage because they appear to function as an anti-aging cream, providing a facelift by plumping up wrinkles and smoothing out damaged skin.
Collagen-based creams will boost your collagen level and help stimulate the production of new cells for healthy-looking skin. They specifically help produce more elastin, giving your skin its elasticity, hydration (which keeps it soft and moist), and strength (which prevents it from sagging or wrinkling). This provides the skin with a more youthful appearance.
The best thing about these creams is that they work with your collagen production instead of creating more like other anti-aging products usually do.
4. EAT MORE VITAMIN C RICH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
We age because our collagen structure deteriorates. Research has shown that taking vitamin C as an antioxidant nutrient will boost collagen production and, in turn, slow the aging process down by neutralizing free radicals before they cause damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and make us age faster.
Do you want to continue looking young? Take more vitamin C. The most natural way to increase your vitamin C levels is by eating more fruits and vegetables that contain the vitamin. Oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, and broccoli are the best examples.
5. EAT MORE SALMON.
Salmon or any fish that contains a significant amount of Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for a healthy and younger-looking skin. Those fatty acids are vital for regulating sebum production in the body, preventing acne breakouts (while keeping your hair looking sleek and shiny).
Furthermore, Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, one of the leading causes of skin aging. Omega 3 can be found in other fish such as sardines and tuna. Eating them regularly can have huge benefits on your skin appearance, including reversing wrinkles.
But you must be careful not to exceed your recommended daily intake because fish contains mercury that can have long-term adverse impacts on your health.
6. DON'T OVER-CLEANSE.
Facial cleansers are often used as part of a daily skincare regimen. They remove dirt, makeup, and other impurities from the surface of the face. There are many different types of cleansers available for purchase at your local drug store or department store.
One of the common misconceptions is that the more you cleanse your face, the better it is to remove any bacteria and dirt, keeping your skin healthy and radiant. In fact, excessive cleansing will weaken your skin's defense layer, making it easy for bacteria to invade and cause a breakout.
Certain chemicals in these products, such as sulfates, alcohols, acids, can be dangerous if exposure is prolonged to them because they may lead to allergic reactions or irritations on sensitive skin types.
The final reason for not over-cleansing your face is that doing so will wash away your skin's natural oils, which are essential for your skin to stay soft and moisturized. Wash your face once a day with a gentle cleanser, but no more than that!
7. DON'T USE TOO MUCH MAKEUP.
Understandably, women often want to look their best, and that can include wearing makeup. However, many don't seem to realize the risks of wearing too much makeup. It is important to remember that makeup is specifically designed for one's needs; it should be used sparingly and only when needed.
Too much makeup causes a buildup on the skin, leading to possible breakouts or other skin conditions such as acne or eczema. Makeup also interferes with the natural regenerative process of one's skin by clogging pores; this means an increased need for cleansing routines, leading to chemical exposure from cleansers themselves.
People usually exercise to lose weight or achieve a leaner physique. It's less known that working out can also improve our complexion. The science behind the idea is that exercise increases blood flow around our body, reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.
Furthermore, exercising boosts serotonin levels, which contributes to better moods. Exercise increases blood flow and helps with heart health. Finally, it also lowers cholesterol levels and improves joint mobility.
Therefore, to slow the aging process, you should consider becoming more active. It has also been proven that exercise can help you live longer by preserving telomeres (caps on chromosomes), thus slowing down the aging process.
You don't have to lift heavy weights if you can’t. All you need to do is run or do some aerobic exercise regularly. This will also increase your heart rate for sustained periods while strengthening your muscles and bones, putting less strain on joints, and preventing injuries caused from everyday life, such as falls or car accidents.
9. DRINK MORE WATER
Last but not least, drinking more water can make you feel better and look younger. There are, of course, many different benefits to staying hydrated, but the one that has been proven time and again is water's positive impact on our skin.
As mentioned earlier, the critical ingredient to youthful-looking skin is collagen, which needs a healthy supply of water to do its job. Without enough moisture, the body cannot produce enough collagen, which will lead to dry, flaky skin and wrinkles as we age.
Water, which makes up about 60% of your body weight, also helps fight off infections that may be lurking in your body at all times.
Bonus#1. CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL.
Alcohol can dehydrate and damage your skin. Additionally, toxins can build up in the deeper layers of the skin leading to inflammation, acne, wrinkles, and premature aging.
Bonus#2. Avoid Cigarettes
Get a load of this-tobacco smoke has more than 4000 chemicals, many of which, can destroy the collagen and elastin in your skin. Think of these building blocks as the bricks and mortar of your skin. Their destruction can lead to skin sagging and wrinkles. Tobacco has many other harmful effects, a discussion of which is beyond the scope of this article.
Bonus#3. Do Eat More Mangoes
Or other fruits and veggies which are high in beta carotene, which helps the skin repair itself and stay smooth.
Bonus#4. Do smile more!
Smiling not only improves your mood, but it can relieve stress and boost your immune system (stress weakens your immune system). As an added bonus, smiling gives you a more youthful appearance.