Getting older can be great in many ways. We’re hopefully wiser than we were in our younger days. On the other hand, aging doesn’t play fair when it comes to our skin.
But you can fight back and help your skin stay young. Here are eleven secrets for youthful skin:
1) Wear Enough Sunscreen — Every Day
Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend. Just remember the importance of your best friend’s Sun Protection Factor (SPF).
Newsweek reported that “SPF 15 blocks about 96 percent of the sun's rays, while a SPF 45 blocks about 99 percent.”
And the amount used is important too. Allure.com recommended a tablespoon as the right amount for your face, and a shot glass–size portion for your body.
2) Regularly Use Moisturizer
To keep skin youthful, the article on Newsweek recommended looking for moisturizers with such ingredients as cyclomethicone, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and petrolatum. Their job? Protecting the skin from water loss.
3) Get Enough Sleep
While you're sleeping, hormones are released to regenerate cells. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep so your body can do its work.
4) Don't Eat Too Much Sugar
“When sugar breaks down and enters the bloodstream, it bonds with protein molecules, including those found in collagen and elastin,” Leslie Baumann, a Miami Beach dermatologist, told RealSimple.com. “This degrades the collagen and elastin, which in turn leads to sagging and wrinkles.”
5) Avoid Fluctuating Weight
Sure extra weight makes your skin’s surface look good but it’s not good for your body. It ups your body’s levels of cortisol and insulin, which in turn can damage collagen and cause saggy skin.
Furthermore, you can expect stretch mark with continuous weight fluctuation as it messes with skin’s elasticity.
6) Antioxidants Are Your Friends
Pollution brings on free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules) that cause havoc. They damage skin cells and worsen wrinkles. Try antioxidants like topical vitamin C or E, or a cream with Coenzyme Q10.