How to Have Younger Looking Skin
We all wanted to still get carded for beer when we’re in our forties. You’d think, given this desire for eternal youth, that we’d spend more time and attention on our skin care. Unfortunately, most of us-while maybe getting our skin adequately clean-aren’t doing enough to keep our skin healthy enough to retain that youthful glow. Here are some tips that you can follow to counter the effects of aging and keep your skin looking young and healthy.
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
It feels cruel to lump body weight in with skin care, we know. Even so, it is important to maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity can wreak havoc on your skin-not just in terms of blemishes, oiliness, etc. but it can cause wrinkling and sagging-especially as you work to lose the weight you have gained. It doesn’t mean that you have to stay as skinny as possible. Far from it! Work with your doctor to come up with a weight and BMI that are healthy for your age, height and health status. Then do what you can to maintain that weight and BMI. Also, weight and BMI aren’t the same thing. A person who gets very toned can gain weight in muscle mass but still be healthier than a person whose weight is based on unhealthy habits.
Speaking of gaining muscle tone, it is important to work out. One thing that happens as we get older is that gravity starts to really work against us. Suddenly things that seemed perfectly taught start to sag. When was the last time you looked at your thighs or the skin around your knees or the muscles under your arms? Exercising regularly helps keep the muscles under your skin healthy and toned. It also helps you maintain that healthy body weight and BMI. Finally, regular exercise increases blood flow. The more blood you have flowing to your organs, the healthier and younger looking they will be.
Avoid the Sun
Vitamin D is great for your health and mental wellbeing. UVA rays, though, are terrible for you. Beyond the obvious cancer risk and associated damage, sun damage can take a real toll on the skin. It prematurely ages the skin, causes wrinkles and dark spots and patches. It dries your skin out and makes it harder for the skin to retain moisture. If you absolutely must go out into the sun, cover up as much as possible. Wear lightweight pants and sleeves. Wear wide brimmed hats. Cover any still exposed skin with a lightweight sunscreen to keep the harmful and cancer-causing rays from penetrating your skin. Try to find a sunscreen that is water based rather than oil based because there is less chance of clogging your pores and causing blemishes with a water based sunscreen.
Choose Great Skin Products
A lot of the time we believe that the more we slather on to our skin during our skincare routines, the healthier and young looking our skin will be. In fact, the opposite is likely true. The more chemicals you use on your skin, the more damage you do. Try to only use natural skin care products. You can make your own using ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen!
If you must use chemical based or artificial products on your skin, look for products that contain retinoids. Retinoids are compounds found in Vitamin A. They strengthen the deepest levels of your skin (where wrinkles start to grow) and keep collagen from breaking down. You can buy retinoid-based skincare products over the counter. They are more expensive, but they can do quite a lot to help reduce the signs of aging and prevent further aging from taking place. If the damage to your skin is severe, talk to a dermatologist about a retinoid prescription.
Get Professional Help
There are some things that you aren’t going to be able to fix through holistic methods. Stretch marks, deep scars, etc. If your skin has these issues, it’s better to seek help from a professional. Acne scars, in particular, are best treated by professional level procedures. And, a lot of the time, anti-aging treatments are not as expensive or as intense as the more extensive work that people sometimes have done. Sequoia Laser Aesthetics of Visalia, CA, for example, offers safe and inexpensive stretch mark removal by using a fractional micro-needling technology called Dermapen.
The point is, getting older doesn’t necessarily have to mean looking your age. With the right lifestyle choices, care routines and, yes sometimes professional help, you can get carded when buying beer on your 45th birthday!