Aging is something that affects everyone. Unfortunately, with aging comes a decrease in collagen, which leads to wrinkles, lines, sagging skin and age spots. The good news is, with the following tips and techniques below, it is possible to look as good as you feel.
Protect Skin From UV Rays
The most common source of skin damage and a leading cause of wrinkles, is the suns ultraviolet rays. It is impossible to totally reverse sun damage that has already happened, but it is never too late to prevent further sun damage. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of least 15 when you are out in the sun, even ten minutes without sunscreen can damage delicate facial skin.
Ban Bad Habits
Drinking and smoking are not only bad for your health, but they can wreak total havoc on your skin. Studies have shown that smoking can cause skin to thin, which makes it more prone to sagging and the chemicals in cigarettes can destroy collagen. Excessive alcohol consumption can dry out your skin, which increases the risk of wrinkles and skin damage.
Get Plenty of Water
One of the easiest and most effective ways to fight the signs of aging is to stay properly hydrated. You should have a goal of drinking at least 6 glasses of water each day, more if you are physically active or outside for extended periods of time. Staying hydrated helps to flush the harmful toxins out, reduces dry and flaky skin, and supports skin elasticity. If you increase your daily water intake, it could lead to skin that is plumper, brighter and less prone to wrinkles.
Changing your eating habits can also have a significant effect on the appearance of your skin. Try to incorporate leafy greens, fresh fruit and fatty fish, such as salmon to your diet. These foods are packed with antioxidants that help to fight damage from free radicals and will help your skin look younger and more radiant. Green tea, dark chocolate and soy contain flavonoids and beneficial vitamins, which can help fight the signs of aging.
Using a high quality moisturizer can do amazing things for your skin. As you age, your skin gradually produces less of the natural oils your skin needs to keep moisture trapped on the surface of your skin. Look for a quality moisturizer that contains antioxidants and ingredients that can help to repair damaged skin. It is best to avoid moisturizers that contain dyes, fragrances and/or acids, because these ingredients can irritate delicate facial skin.
One of the most important things you can do to slow down the aging process is to get plenty of sleep. When you don’t get enough rest, your body begins to produce excess cortisol, which breaks down the elasticity in skin. It is also essential to avoid stress.