The first signs of aging usually start appearing on the skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration etc. Most of us tend to neglect these signs as and when they start appearing with the intention of tending to them later. However, by the time we actually decide to do something, it would be too late to make amends.
The Best Time to Start Taking Care of Your Skin
Experts recommend that the right time to start caring for your skin would be when you are in your late twenties. This would be the time frame when your skin starts losing its natural glow and elasticity. And even though you might have been caring for it before as well, you would need to take some extra measures to make sure your skin remains healthy, nourished and youthful.
The Best Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin
So if you have already started to notice the signs of aging on your skin, you know it won’t be too late before these signs would increase in frequency and would be non erasable. So what would you do at this juncture to save your skin from all this melodrama? Simple, just follow these simple, but really effective tips given by several skin care experts from around the world.
Never Let Go of Your Sunscreen
Your skin would gradually start to lose its immunity as you age. So this would probably be the best time to invest in a good quality sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Choose one that adheres to your skin type and wear it even if you tend to remain indoors all day. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours or so for continued protection. This would be one of the best ways to protect your skin from sun burns, age spots, wrinkles and in the worst case scenario, skin cancer.
Avoid Going Out in the Sun
No, we don’t mean literally staying indoors and not venturing out at all. There are certain times of the day when the sun’s rays are highly intense and penetrable, especially from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Restrict your outings to other hours of the day and try to stay indoors during the afternoons. You would be doing your skin a great favor by doing so.
Wear Layered Clothing
Now we don’t want you to wear layer upon layers of clothing like you would do in the winter season. Rather, it is best recommended that you wear protective clothing in the form of long sleeved tops/shirts, long skirts/trousers and wide brimmed hats that would keep the sun away from your face and body. Alternatively, you can also opt for clothes that are specially designed to offer sun protection.
Pamper Your Skin
You need to start pampering your skin if you want it to continue showing effective results. Make it a point to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize it on a regular basis without overdoing anything. Over cleansing and exfoliation could also lead to premature aging.
Shaving continuously can damage your skin with time and cause it to age faster. Make sure your skin is lubricated before you start to shave. You can do this with the help of shaving gels, creams or lotions. Always shave in the direction the hair grows and use a sharp (and clean) razor. Make it a point to replace your razor once in 2 months or so.
Make it a point to take bath in cold water as hot water can dry your skin faster. Use gentle creams or cleansers as alternatives to strong soaps or detergents. Long baths can also wash away the protective essential oils from your skin. So limit your bath time and pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it after a bath. Apply a moisturizer on damp skin to lock the moisture in and keep your skin hydrated for longer periods. Consider investing in a good quality retinoid cream to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Kick the ‘Smoking’ Habit
We know that this would probably be the hardest tip of all, especially if you are very fond of the butt. But do know this. In addition to killing you slowly from inside, smoking would have really harmful effects on your skin.
Smoking restricts the blood circulation to the skin by narrowing down the blood vessels present on the skin’s surface. With less blood reaching it, your skin would be stripped off the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive.
Smoking would also decrease the elastin and collagen levels of the skin. This would reduce the skin suppleness and elasticity, easily giving way for fine lines and wrinkles. Smoking can also cause premature aging on your face in the form of deep lines and wrinkles that appear near your lips and eyes when you inhale and exhale.
Don’t Compromise Your Sleep
Erratic lifestyle changes and work schedules could leave you with only a few hours of sleep every day. So make it a point to utilize those few hours properly. Your body would require at least a few hours of undisturbed sleep in order to rest and rejuvenate properly. Not to forget mentioning your skin which also needs rest in the form of sleep to repair itself. Don’t force yourself to stay awake when your body craves for sleep unless you want to end up with sagging skin, wrinkles and dark circles under your eyes.
Hydrate Your Body From Inside
A perfect skin care regime is complete only with internal care as well. Taking care of your skin externally would have no effect on the same unless you take care of it from the inside as well. And you can do this effectively by keeping your body hydrated at all times.
Drink plenty of water a day while cutting down on beverages like sodas, alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Green tea is known for its powerful antioxidant properties, and two cups of green tea every day would keep your skin youthful and radiant for many years to come.
Watch Your Weight
Your body would most probably be able to cope with your weight fluctuations. But not your skin! Continuous weight fluctuations would cause your skin to expand and contract repeatedly. And even though skin can expand efficiently, it would find it hard to contract and will lose its elasticity and start to sag with time. So make it a point to watch your weight at all times.
Eat the proper foods to remain healthy and fit in the long run. A healthy body would reflect on your skin as well. Eat foods like salmon, green vegetables, walnuts and almonds etc. which take care of the skin while cutting down on refined sugar and other agents that can harm the skin.
Dieting can work wonders on your skin only if you complement it with an appropriate exercise regime. Regular exercises can prevent sagging skin and can also increase the blood circulation to different parts of the body, thereby creating an internal glow which would reflect on your skin on the outside.