5 tips for a youthful skin
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
Most of the people I meet compliment me on my flawless skin. Honestly, it’s not difficult to keep youthful skin but one must be consistent in caring for the skin and therefore I felt that I should talk about simple effective ways to get a good healthy skin.
To start with, you should understand your skin type to devise a special skin care. As we grow older, the skin loses its suppleness and sheen and starts to age. Hence, corrective actions must be taken to stop the aging process and retain its youthful appearance for a long term.
First, it is important to understand why our skin ages?
As we grow older, the top skin layer, the epidermis becomes thinner and fragile and the skin looks dull and dry as our oil glands produce less oil to keep its suppleness. The blood vessels too decrease on your face and throughout the body giving a less rosy look on the face that you enjoyed in your 20s. We all know that skin cells are repaired and replaced periodically which slows down as we start aging leading again to a dull face.
Adding to the body’s process of aging, the external environment like the sun, pollution has an adverse effect on the skin by breaking down collagen and elastin that is responsible for giving the skin elasticity. Excessive exposure to the sun and pollution accelerates the aging process further damaging the skin. Age spots, wrinkles, roughness, sagging may become prominent when exposed to the sun a lot.
Here are 5 things you can do to slow down the aging skin and retain its youthfulness
1. Use sunscreen every day – I am sure you must have heard the importance of sunscreen but very few practices the ritual of putting sunscreen every day. Sunscreen slows down the formation of the wrinkle and even prevents it if we start using sunscreen early in your life. It is always recommended to use a sunscreen of SPF 15 for every day use and SPF 30 for heavy outdoor sun activities. It is also a good habit to wear the sunscreen beneath your make up.
2. Stay away from polluted and smoky areas – Its easier said than done because in a fast-paced city life ignoring pollution, dirt, and smoke is near to impossible. So when we step out, wearing sun coats or hats is a good option to combat pollution and protect the skin from getting dull. A small caution at your end can make a lot of difference on your skin texture. Also, please remember that smoking is not cool so please avoid smoking. Even passive smoking is bad for the skin. It leads to rough and wrinkled skin by changing the elasticity of the skin fibers.
3. Drink plenty of water – Ditch the habit of drinking coffee or tea the minute you get up. Keep yourself hydrated always. Sodas, sugary drinks, tea (except herbal teas) coffee or milk are not water and should be avoided to an extent. Dehydration makes the skin looks dry and wrinkled and proper hydration locks the moisture and helps in glowing. Water also helps in preventing acidity and constipation that also has a direct effect on the way the skin looks. If you are one of those species who doesn’t like drinking water, you can try adding some flavour to water by adding fresh fruits, herbs and veggies and make infused water to quench your thirst and get your skin glowing.
4. Eating food rich in antioxidants - The diet forms 70 % of our appearance. Hence, we should not ignore what we are eating. Eating food rich in antioxidants are highly recommended as they help the body to fight disease and aging by reducing damage and inflammation. Inflammation is one of the leading cause of wrinkle formation and some of the best sources of antioxidants include Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Raspberries, Nuts, Seeds, Purple grapes, Dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa content), Organic green tea. Along with antioxidants vitamin C should also be included in our diet. Researchers have found that vitamin C is extremely benefitting for the skin as it produces 8 times more collagen hence start including vitamin C in your diet too.
5. Last but not the least is a good night’s sleep. The skin repairs itself when you sleep. I know we as moms tend to ignore our sleep but sleeping when the baby sleeps is not a cliché but a necessity for the overall wellbeing of the new moms. Lack of quality sleep can lead to increased stress hormones and in a severe case can lead to skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis according to the recent research. Hence, having a good night’s sleep is a key ingredient for a fresh and bright morning.
Ladies anymore routine that you can add over and above the tips that I have mentioned for a good skin? Do you have a regime you follow? Do you think a good youthful skin is important? Any other topics that you would want me to focus, please drop in your comments.