Few of us take the time to practice consistent skin care, but as we mature it starts to be more noticeable. It’s never too late and you can do a lot of good if you just follow some basics for healthy aging skin. Healthy lifestyle choices go with good skin care to prevent various skin problems. Here are some tips to get you started.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
The sun is not as friendly as it may seem. After years of sun exposure, you can see wrinkles, age spots and worse — not to mention an increased risk of skin cancer.
For smart and complete sun protection follow these tips:
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and 50 is even better. Apply it generously at least every two hours or more if you get wet.
- Stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. That’s when the sun is most harmful.
- Cover up with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats you can hide under. You can even buy special sun-protective clothing.
Healthy aging skin is impossible if you smoke. When you smoke your skin looks gray and leathery. The bad habit narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of your skin and chokes blood flow. The collagen and elastin in your skin are diminished for less elasticity
It will protect your skin and your health if you just don’t do it. Your doctor has treatments to help you stop. Isn’t it worth a try?
Treat Your Skin Gently
Over time, cleansing and shaving can prevent healthy aging skin. Be gentle and try this:
- Hot water and long showers or baths wash away healthful oils from your skin. Shorter bathing time using warm water, not hot.
- Strong soaps and detergents erode oil from your skin. Choose something mild.
- Lather up with shaving cream or gel before shaving and use a clean, sharp razor shaving in the direction the hair grows.
- Blot yourself dry after bathing to leave some moisture on your skin.
- Moisturize with a product that fits your skin type and contains an SPF.
Eat a Healthy; Feel Great
A healthy diet of fresh, wholesome food is a smart way to stay fit and feel your best. Go for a diet that is vitamin C-rich and low in unhealthy fats. Your skin will have a new glow.
Take Control of Your Stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger breakouts. Take control of your stress and stay focused. Set timelines you can live with and scale back your action items to make time for some smiles. The results can be invigorating.
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