The sheer number of beauty products made available in the market today is likely to lead many of us to think that maintaining a youthful glow can be quite complicated indeed. On the contrary, the “secrets” to fight skin aging are quite simple and straightforward.
Well, it simply can’t be one product you can swallow or apply on your skin. The good news is that these anti-aging secrets are completely within your reach, some not even requiring a single penny.
Top Ways to Maintain Younger Looking Skin
Practice a daily skin care regimen (correctly). Right! You’ve been religiously performing your skin care regimen since you turned 20. The real question is, have you been doing it right?
Keep in mind three steps to complete your daily beauty fix:
- Cleanse: Cleanse with a mild facial wash twice daily. If ever you’re outdoors any time of the day or, have oily skin, wash with a facial foam that contains alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHA) like lauric or glycolic acid before going to bed but only use it once daily. AHAs are mostly derived from milk and fruits. AHAs help flush out dust, dirt, and oil completely from your pores. They also aid in resurfacing new skin by providing mild exfoliation to your skin. AHAs have been shown to improve* the appearance of many aging skin issue like wrinkles, blotches, discoloration, and photo aging.
- Tone: Keep your pores tight and tiny by toning your skin every night. It’s best to use organic toners which are packed with natural antioxidants to help yours skin flush out toxins and help protect skin from free radical and UV damage.
- Moisturize: No skin care regimen can be complete without moisturizing. Use an anti-wrinkle cream for your face, eye cream or serum for skin around your eyes, and body lotion from your shoulders down to your toes.
Exactly how often depends on your skin and the frequency of your exposure to environmental pollutants. Go for delicate home peels, ideally those containing AHAs. AHAs help gently lift, separate, and flush out old and dead skin cells to stimulate the resurfacing of younger, glowing skin.
Eat Healthy For Healthy Skin
What you put inside your body will radiate on your skin. If you fail to ingest all the nutrients essential for healthy skin, it’s as simple as depriving your skin of fuel to power up skin cell repair processes.
Include These Foods in Your Diet
eggs rich in protein to support collagen production; whole wheat barley which is rich in selenium to protect the skin from sun damage; fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which regulate inflammation and is also good for your heart. Add a glass of red wine which contains resveratrol and high amounts of antioxidants to help provide added protective shield to your skin against damages caused by the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, and free radicals. If you can’t tolerate alcohol, drink at least two cups of green tea instead.
Skip These Foods
processed and salty foods, sweets, and alcohol. These foods dehydrate your body and dries up your skin.
You’re never too old for bedtime. Set a time when you go to bed and when you wake up. This regularity allows your body to set its body clock and adjust body processes, including skin cell repair. It isn’t so much how long you sleep but how regular your sleeping habits are.
If you doubt you can have regular, sufficient access to omega-3 fatty acids from fish, consider supplementation. Supplement with Vitamins A, C, and E and antioxidants for glowing skin.
Do Exercise and Yoga Daily
Exercise pumps up your heart, releasing essential nutrients and oxygen circulating throughout your body. Exercise unblocks clogged blood vessels and helps fuel skin cell repair properties. Regular exercise and yoga also prevent skin from sagging and thus, helps keep wrinkles from appearing.
Manage Stress Better
Stress is not entirely bad for you. How you manage stress makes the difference. Refrain from continuously subjecting yourself to stress. Give your mind, body, and spirit room to relax and get re-energized. Chronic stress triggers the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that helps the body cope with stress but, too much of it causes collagen to break down and for skin cell repair to slow down.
Your success in keeping a youthful appearance appears to be a combination of science, imbibing a more positive outlook in life, and healthy lifestyle.
Doubt no more. The real beauty bottle is not some magic* potion you can seal. You are your own beauty bottle and how long you stay beautiful depends on how well you take care of your body bottle.