Getting old is a fact of life. We cannot prevent aging any more than we can prevent the earth from rotating. We can, however, keep our bodies in the best shape possible to give ourselves the best chance of fighting the negative effects that old age can have on one’s health. When it comes to your skin, there is actually a lot that you can do to combat things such as wrinkles and dry skin, holding off those telltale signs of aging for as long as possible. But whatever your age, the hard work should start right now. Here are six things that you should be already be doing to prevent the signs of aging.
1. Putting away that cheeseburger.
One of the biggest factors affecting your skin’s health is diet and lifestyle. Your skin is a reflection of what you put in your body. If you eat poorly, your skin will be deprived of the nutrients that help keep it healthy. It takes a concerted effort to seek out the kinds of food that give your skin the necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy appearance, but it is an effort that pays off in the end. Look for antioxidants in food such as vitamins A, B, C, E, and biotin. But if you don’t want to go checking every label, when it boils down to it, if you are eating your daily fruits and vegetables, you will be ok.
2. Keeping hydrated.
Dry skin is more likely to show age, so it is important to keep your skin hydrated. You can do this by making sure that you are drinking plenty of water each day, and by avoiding sodas and other drinks that will have the opposite effect.
3. Moisturizing at least twice daily.
Another way to get moisture back into your skin and slow the signs of aging is to develop an effective face cleansing routine. Especially important in this routine is a good moisturizer. To really have an impact, it is sometimes worth paying for the good stuff. Brands like Nu Skin or La Prairie carry high-end anti-aging products that will make a dramatic difference.
4. Using sunscreen—whatever the weather.
Even though many people are aware of the dangers of skin cancer, many don’t realize the daily damage the sun can have on your skin. One of the best ways to prevent signs of aging in your skin is to wear sunscreen daily. Though you might not think it necessary, you should even wear sunscreen on cloudy days or when it is raining. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.
5. Staying away from cigarettes
Aside from the obvious harmful effects of smoking, it is also incredibly bad for your skin. Not only can your teeth and fingers start to yellow, but you can develop wrinkles around your lips and even your eyes from squinting in the smoke.
6. Cutting back on drinking.
Excessive drinking is not healthy in any respect, but what many people don’t know is that it can actually be bad for your skin. So if you want to prevent signs of aging, it is wise not to consume more than one drink a day.
About Author: Cary is an Oregon native with a flair for fashion and organic gardening. She’s passionate about writing and enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking. When she isn’t writing about health or fashion, she is playing with her rescue pitbull, Mazie.