Natural aging is a genetically controlled, continuous, and inevitable biological process. Having that said, this process is also affected by many factors – some you can control, and some you can’t. But as always, we’re here to talk about the things you CAN do, to lower the inevitable process and keep your skin looking young.
Let’s start with the bad news – there so many external factors affecting the skin aging. We’re talking about a long list of things we can’t always avoid like ultraviolet radiation, temperature changes, humidity, wind, environmental pollutants and irritants, ozone layer depletion, etc.
But hey, the GOOD news is that the other list of factors depends mostly on our lifestyle: poor nutrition, psychological stress, smoking, excess alcohol, lack of sleep, drug abuse the list goes on.
Can aging of the skin be avoided or postponed? Premature skin aging can definitely be avoided, or at least delayed, if specific precautionary measures are taken!
How to Maintain A Healthy Vivid Skin?
1.Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Use a sun protection cream with an SPF (sun protection factor 30 or above) on your face and other exposed parts if you intend to stay in the sun for a prolonged duration. Even in winter, you should apply sunscreens while outdoors.
On sunny days, using a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved cotton dresses will help keep out some direct sunlight and UV radiation.
Remember: sun tanning will enhance skin aging and should be avoided.
2. Drink plenty of water
Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. And no, milk and juices aren’t counted.
3. Eat Your Fruits And Veggies
Eat 2-3 helpings of fruits and include lots of vegetables and green salads in your daily diet.
4. No More Junk Food!
Avoid red meats and fried fast foods if you wish to maintain healthy and smooth skin texture. Also, lower your salt intake and try to stick to foods with a short list of ingredients.
5. Sleep At Least 7 Hours
Go to sleep early and get up early in the morning is the key for radiant and young looking skin. Sufficient sleep (7-8 hours per day) and rest periods are essential for general health.
6. Exercise regularly
In addition to the release of positive hormones in the body, exercise increases the blood flow to the skin and other vital organs of the body.
7. Enough With The Steamy Baths!
We, women, like to boil our skin in the shower, but most of us don’t know how harmful it is. Do not wash your body with extreme temperatures (too cold or too hot water), because contrary to popular beliefs, regular steam baths are NOT suitable for your skin.
Immediately after the bath, apply a moisturizer to your face and extremities. This will help in retaining the moisture within the skin layers and keep the skin supple and firm.
8. Don’t Smoke, Drink Less, Keep Calm
Smoking and alcohol are harmful to the health of the skin.
Also, relax, because stress can adversely affect the health of the skin in several ways. Practice daily stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, and regular relaxation sessions.
9. Supplements Are “Skin Food”
If you feel your food is not balanced, you need to take vitamin supplements, especially those with Vitamin A, C, E and B complex.
Vitamins have antioxidant properties that protect the skin and body from harmful chemical substances inside the cells. They are also crucial in maintaining the normal functioning of cells and tissues of various organs, including the skin.
Finally, it will be a good idea to assess the present status of your skin, plan rejuvenating measures and chart out an individualized skin care program with the help of a dermatologist or cosmetologist to maintain your youthful appearance even in your middle age and beyond.