Gorgeous, glowing skin is a great beauty asset, no matter how old you are. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it makes sense to take good care of it, as you would any other part of your body.
It’s never too late to start incorporating good anti-aging skin care habits. Even if you already have some fine lines and wrinkles, there is no reason why you need to accumulate any more—with the right technique, you can prevent new wrinkles from surfacing, and can even improve wrinkles that have already started appearing. Getting rid of wrinkles is as simple as finding the right anti-aging skin care regime that you can do at home, and making small lifestyle changes to improve your skin’s health. Incorporate these simple tips to banish wrinkles and look younger.
• First of all, to fight wrinkles naturally you need to get very serious about sun protection. Sun damaged skin may be common, but it’s never attractive. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (higher if you are fair skinned) half an hour before you go outside. Don’t forget hands and exposed skin on the chest or neck area. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, especially when the rays are strongest (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.).
• If you smoke, stop—it’s the best thing you can do to fight wrinkles naturally. In addition to too much sun, smoking is one of the most easily avoidable habits when it comes to anti-aging skin care and overall health. Smokers have more wrinkles and sagging skin than non-smokers, in addition to other health problems. Smoking has actually been shown to make skin look much older than it really is.
• The next step is to eliminate as much stress as possible from your daily life. It is proven that being under stress can make you look as much as six years older. Studies have shown that high-stress levels adversely affect the skin’s ability to function the way it’s supposed to, which can lead to more wrinkles. Learn to breathe deeply and slowly. Not only does this help alleviate stress, but it delivers much needed energizing oxygen to your entire body.
• Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which have high water content. Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, and helps it look plumper. Eat at least one cup of leafy greens daily to get the most skin care value.
• Exercise regularly. On top of helping with weight control and stress relief, it also boosts white blood cell activity, and improves your mood and circulation, which helps deliver nutrients to your cells. Regular sweating helps detoxify the skin, and healthier skin is less prone to wrinkles.
• Get lots of sleep. Your skin restores its natural balance while you snooze, which has a dramatic effect on your skin’s appearance. Lack of sleep increases stress levels, as well as the release of the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol in the system can break down collagen in the skin—less collagen leads to more wrinkles.
• Maintain moderate caffeine and alcohol intake. Too much coffee, tea, and alcohol are dehydrating for the skin. Their effects need to be offset by additional water intake to keep the skin looking healthy, supple, and free of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Remove all makeup before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe, and to keep the pores clean. This tip will be on every anti-aging skin care list because it’s one of the best ways to avoid wrinkles and make skin look younger.
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