During our prime, with our smooth, supple skin, it is nearly impossible to imagine a time when wrinkles or sunspots would matter. Fast forward to those golden years – our formerly flawless skin has lost its youthful glow and reality has set in along with wrinkles. Let’s face it, we are not talking about a fine wine. Age, toxins, diet, stress, sun exposure – there are many factors that impact our complexion through the years. Unfortunately, turning back time is not an option. However, there are a few tips you could try that may help to improve and maintain healthy skin.
Oftentimes, our outward appearance can be a direct reflection of our inner health. Sources indicate that even slight nutritional deficiencies can cause irritating skin conditions. It is widely understood that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats is good for us. If we are feeling healthy and vibrant on the inside, it will radiate outward.
Moisturize and Hydrate
As our skin ages, it loses moisture and can become dull, dry, and itchy. Moisturized skin is less susceptible to injury and heals faster. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Additionally, consider adding an anti-aging serum with hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine to lock in moisture.
Use Sun Protection
It is never to late to implement healthy sun habits. The harsh rays of the sun can be detrimental to the health of our skin. Sun exposure is directly linked to loss of elasticity in our skin, and even worse, skin cancer. Whether it is sunscreen, a big hat or a beach umbrella – shielding your epidermis from the sun is simply one of the best steps you can take to maintain healthy skin.
My father used to say “If you keep making that face, it is going to get stuck like that.” Although I hate to admit it, there is some truth to the sentiment. Some wrinkles are caused by repetitive movement, like the crease you get in your forehead every time you feel stressed. Additionally, stress has been linked to certain skin disorders. So, take a deep breath, relax, and soften your face.
While taking care of your skin is always a good idea, be sure to touch base with your doctor if you are suffering from a skin condition or before making changes to your health routine.