No matter how young we feel, sometimes our skin can make us look older. Thanks to advances in science and technology, there have never before been so many ways to help reverse the aging process and revitalize our skin not just on the face but on the whole body. Of course, prevention is always best. Here are five simple ways to help keep skin youthful and prevent common signs of aging.
Don't Skip the Sunscreen ... or Sunglasses
Although bronze, sun-kissed skin is sometimes in style, it's important to think about the long-term consequences tanning beds and even the sun's natural rays can have on your skin. Not only does skin cancer become a risk, but overexposure to UVA and UVB rays can also leave skin in rough shape over the years. If you really want that beachy glow to your skin, try self-tanners that help you slowly develop color without the harmful side effects.
Don't forget your sunglasses, either. Squinting can cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop around the eyes and on the forehead.
Get Your Beauty Rest
They call it beauty rest for a reason. When you don't get enough sleep, it can exacerbate existing problems such as acne, skin sensitivity and dermatitis. It also begins to affect the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are vital to skin health. Our bodies use sleep to repair damaged cells, so getting enough sleep might just be one of the most important parts of our battle against aging skin.
Another sleeping trick? Try sleeping on satin pillowcases. It's great for your hair and skin.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
The best way to take care of your skin is to start a daily skin regimen early on. Taking care of your skin first thing when you wake up and right before you go to sleep will help you develop habits that are sure to keep skin soft and smooth for years to come.
Two of the most important steps in any skin routine are exfoliation and moisturization. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that can leave skin looking dull and clog pores with excessive oil. Moisturizing is also important because dry skin is not healthy skin and the body will actually begin to increase oil production to compensate, which can lead to oily skin and breakouts.
Make Sure Your Diet Is Anti-Aging Friendly
Healthy skin is yet another reason to fight your sweet tooth. Processed sugar is your skin's arch enemy. Not only does it speed up the aging process, but it also messes with the body's natural production of collagen.
So, what should you eat to help promote healthy skin? Foods like wild salmon, sweet potatoes, blueberries and spinach all have important nutrients that are great for skin health. Having trouble giving up your morning latte? Try green tea instead. Its ingredients protect collagen and can even help prevent skin cancer.
Stop Stressing Out
Stress affects our bodies in so many ways. One of the ways it can damage skin is that it ramps ups production of the hormone cortisol, which increases oil production and makes skin more prone to acne and other complications.
If stress is something you can't seem to shake, try meditation or exercise or talk to your doctor about ways that may help you manage your stress levels.
In addition to these lifestyle changes that can help your skin maintain its youthful appearance, we offer many anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating procedures here at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center. To find out more, call us today at 817-778-4444.